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Gameday: Arkansas at No. 21 Mississippi State

 

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Halftime: Mississippi State 17, Arkansas 3 

 

 

 

Rush Yards: MSU 166, Arkansas 44 

 

Pass Yards: Arkansas 60, MSU 38 

 

Total Yards: MSU 205, Arkansas 104 

 

Yards Per Play: MSU 5.4, Arkansas 3.4 

 

3rd Downs: MSU 5-7, Arkansas 3-8 

 

Penalties: MSU 3-25, Arkansas 3-35 

 

Time of Possession: MSU 18:52, Arkansas 11:08 

 

 

 

Nick Fitzgerald: 4-9, 38 yards; 9 carries, 37 yards, TD 

 

Aeris Williams: 11 carries, 81 yards; 1 catch, 9 yards 

 

Nick Gibson: 9 carries, 48 yards, TD 

 

Stephen Guidry: 1 catch, 15 yards 

 

 

 

Johnathan Abram: 8 tackles, 3 for a loss, 1 sack 

 

Jamal Peters: 6 tackles, 1 PBU 

 

Erroll Thompson: 6 tackles, 0.5 for a loss 

 

Mark McLaurin: 5 tackles, 0.5 for a loss 

 

 

 

Thoughts:  

 

- All of the attention is going to go to MSU's heavy use of running backs compared to previous weeks, but I think the story is more about how MSU is running in general. Nick Fitzgerald is averaging 4 yards per carry, after all, it's not like the offense has to revolve around running backs to be successful today. 

 

- That being said, I think MSU needs to lean on the run game in the second half for more than the simple reason that it worked in the first half. This Arkansas offense is doing just enough in several areas, particularly short passing to the boundary and specific run concepts, that it could mount the comeback if a couple of things go right. If I'm MSU, my goal is a couple of six-minute scoring drives to shorten this game. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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