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GAMEDAY: TaxSlayer Bowl, MSU vs. Louisville

 

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HALFTIME: Louisville 21, MSU 17 

 

 

 

Total Yards: MSU 245, Louisville 223 

 

Rushing Yards: MSU 144, Louisville 116 

 

Passing Yards: Louisville 107, MSU 100 

 

3rd Downs: MSU 5-9, Louisville 2-7 

 

Yards Per Play: Louisville 7.2, MSU 5.8 

 

Time of Possession: MSU 17:53, Louisville 12:07 

 

 

 

Keytaon Thompson: 9-11, 100 yards; 16 carries, 87 yards, 1 TD 

 

Aeris Williams: 7 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD 

 

Nick Gibson: 5 carries, 12 yards 

 

Jesse Jackson: 3 catches, 38 yards 

 

Jordan Thomas: 1 catch, 29 yards 

 

Reggie Todd: 2 catches, 32 yards  

 

 

 

Mark McLaurin: 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU 

 

Cameron Dantzler: 3 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU 

 

Johnathan Abram: 3 tackles, 0.5 for a loss 

 

Fletcher Adams: 3 tackles, 1 QB hurry 

 

Montez Sweat: 2 tackles, 2 for a loss 

 

Leo Lewis: 2 tackles 

 

 

 

- So, MSU's last 15 offensive plays have gained 45 yards. That's not good. The offense has been lucky to get some points out of those possessions thanks to the defense forcing turnovers and excellent field position, but something needs to improve there. I thought the Louisville defensive front was much better late in the first half, at times frankly having its way with MSU. If that changes, MSU's offensive fortunes will obviously follow. 

 

- All things considered, MSU has actually done a really nice job on Lamar Jackson the passer. There's a little to be desired on defending Lamar Jackson the runner, but let's be real, it's not like we can realistically expect a defense to do both -- heck, Clemson has had trouble doing that. At this point, I think MSU has to look to its offense as the reason it is down at halftime. 

 

- Where are the tight ends? Jordan Thomas was the target of a big throw to start the game, but since then, they haven't been heard from much. I can't help but think doing some things with them in the passing game might make Peter Sirmon adjust and open up some new holes.

 

 

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