November 22, 2018 7:32:43 AM
Halftime: Mississippi State 21, Ole Miss 3
Rush Yards: MSU 184, Ole Miss 18
Pass Yards: Ole Miss 113, MSU 63
Total Yards: MSU 287, Ole Miss 131
Yards Per Play: MSU 7.1, Ole Miss 4.2
3rd Downs: MSU 3-6, Ole Miss 0-7
Penalties: MSU 2-20, Ole Miss 3-24
Time of Possession: MSU 16:49, Ole Miss 13:11
Nick Fitzgerald: 5-8, 63 yards, TD; 11 carries, 71 yards, TD
Kylin Hill: 9 carries, 60 yards, TD; 1 catch, 14 yards
Aeris Williams: 7 carries, 53 yards
Deddrick Thomas: 2 catches, 23 yards, TD
Stephen Guidry: 1 catch, 25 yards
Jamal Peters, Leo Lewis, Johnathan Abram and Erroll Thompson: 3 tackles each. Abram had 2 pass breakups and a tackle for a loss, Thompson had a quarterback hurry.
- Well into the second quarter, Mississippi State only threw when it had to -- at one point, two of its three pass attempts were on 3rd and 5 or longer. Ole Miss had a few moments of being better against the run in the second half and it was enough to make MSU think about its playcalling for a little bit, but ultimately, Ole Miss is going to need to do more against the run to win. MSU's run was still good enough to muster a second-half score or two and that would be the killshot with a defense like MSU's.
- I have a feeling the Ole Miss possession that ended in a field goal -- which came after Ole Miss moved the chains on fourth down once -- is going to be a big moment in this game. Scoring opportunities are not easy to come by against this defense, and when the opponent puts 14 points on the board real easy, you need to hit every chance you get.
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