In this, the debut edition of Hail Stats, we’ll be looking at where Mississippi State stacks up numbers-wise as a team, as individuals, within itself and compared to the SEC and nation.
As each week passes, we’ll truly be able to tell more and more, but with one FCS opponent and one SEC foe contributing to MSU numbers, we can get a reasonable idea of things.
We’ll start with some team stats, then we’ll break it down by side of the ball (and interest level) on the SEC and national level.
- The Bulldog offense is averaging 391.5 total yards per game, 184 rushing and 207.5 passing.
- While MSU has passed for more yards, it is running the ball on 56.5 percent of plays.
- Speaking of rushing, MSU’s back have high numbers. LaDarius Perkins is averaging 6.1 yards per carry, Derrick Milton is averaging 6.8, Josh Robinson is picking up 5.9 each rush and Nick Griffin averages 4.7
- Carries for the running backs: Perkins 23, Milton 14, Robinson 11, Griffin 7.
- Perkins is the only player on the team with more than 100 all-purpose yards.
- Senior Chris Smith (7) has the most catches, but tight end Marcus Green has the most yards (85), touchdowns (3) and highest per-catch average (14.2) on the team.
- Green also has the longest catch of the season with his 30-yard touchdown reception. The next closest is 21.
- Cam Lawrence leads the defense with 13 tackles, followed by Nickoe Whitley (11), Corey Broomfield (9) and Benardrick McKinney and Matt Wells who have eight each.
- MSU has only returned three kickoffs for a total of 28 yards. Opponents have returned nine for 220 yards.
- Only one of MSU’s punts has been returned, and it went for negative-one yards.
- MSU is second in the SEC and 11th nationally in total defense, allowing opponents 240.5 yards per game. LSU and Alabama are first and third in the conference, respectively.
- The Bulldogs have the No. 3 scoring defense in the conference, allowing opponents 9.5 points per game.
- Giving up 100 yards per game, MSU’s rush defense is sixth in the conference.
- State’s pass defense is No. 2 in the SEC and No. 13 nationally, holding opponents to 140.5 yards per game. Vanderbilt is No. 1 in the SEC allowing only 100 per.
- With five interceptions, MSU is tied for first in the SEC and tied for third nationally.
- MSU is tied for last in the SEC, registering four total sacks.
- The Bulldogs are No. 1 in the SEC in opponent third down conversion at 17.4 percent, good for fourth nationally.
- Thanks in large part to interceptions and fumble recoveries, MSU is first both in the SEC and in the nation in turnover margin at plus-7.
- Corners Darius Slay and Johnthan Banks are tied with South Carolinas Shaq Wilson for first in the SEC with two interceptions each, which is also tied for third nationally.
- Matt Wells is tied for fifth in the SEC with three passes defended, more than any of MSU’s defensive backs.
- MSU is third in the SEC, scoring an average of 42 points per game, just behind Georgia and Tennessee’s 43 ppg average.
- State’s 391.5 yards per game are ninth in the conference.
- MSU is No. 4 in the conference with 184 rushing yards per game.
- Its pass offense is 10th in the conference at 207.5 yards per game.
- Marcus Green tied for fourth in the SEC with his three touchdowns.
- MSU’s one sack allowed is tied for first in the conference.
Special teams Ranks:
- With an average of 9.3 yards, MSU is 13th in the SEC in kickoff returns. At No. 14, South Carolina has not returned any kicks and has a 0.0 average. State is the only other team averaging single-digits in returns.
- MSU is 10th in the SEC with 6.2 yards per punt return.
- Missing all three of their attempts, the Bulldogs are tied for last in the SEC in field goals.
- However, MSU is No. 1 in the conference with a perfect 12-for-12 on point after touchdown kicks.