Hail Stats: A look at MSU’s 3-0 start by the numbers

In this week’s edition of Hail Stats, I figured we’d keep it local, which is generally a good plan in most parts of life, right?

Last week, we looked at Mississippi State’s standings – both as a team and individually – in the SEC and in the nation from a numbers point of view.

Now, after three games, we’ve got a big enough sample size to start inferring some things about these Bulldogs. Some of this will be about individuals, some will be about the team, and I’ll throw in a few random nuggets of numbers that probably only I care about.

We’ll start with some team stats, then break it down by position.

Full Team:

  • Through three games, MSU is averaging 38 points per outing, while only allowing an average of 14.3 per game.
  • On offense, the 1,240 yards have been split relatively evenly, with the Bulldogs rushing for 581 yards and passing for a total of 614.
  • Six of State’s touchdowns have come on the ground, while the remaining eight have come through the air.
  • While the gap in points is big, MSU’s opponents have racked up 1,053 yards, just under a 200 yard difference with MSU’s offense.
  • Jackson State, Auburn and Troy have combined for only four total offensive touchdowns.
  • MSU has fumbled six times and only lost one of them, while opponents have fumbled five times and lost the ball on every one of those occasions.
  • The Bulldogs are converting 35 percent of their third downs, 13 out of 37.
  • 80 percent of the time MSU reaches the red zone, it scores a touchdown, compared to 43 percent for opponents. Only once have the Bulldogs failed to score in the red zone.
  • MSU is 1-of-4 on field goals and 15-of-16 on point after attempts.

Running Backs:

  • Junior LaDarius Perkins has taken the overwhelming lead as MSU’s primary rusher, carrying the ball 46 times for 320 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Through three games, Perkins is averaging exactly seven yards per carry.
  • On his 46 rushes, Perkins has only lost three yards.
  • Redshirt freshman Derrick Milton hasn’t lost any yardage on his 14 carries, totaling 95 yards and scoring one touchdown.
  • Fellow redshirt freshman Josh Robinson actually has the second-most rushes on the team with 16 for a total of 79 yards.
  • Sophomore Nick Griffin has only carried the ball seven times, but is averaging 4.7 yards rush, adding up to 33 yards.

Wide Receivers:

  • Like Perkins, senior Chad Bumphis is the easy leader in terms of yardage, with 10 catches for 236 yards and five touchdowns, an average of 23.6 per reception, aided by his 180-yard, three touchdown performance Saturday.
  • Senior Chris Smith is tied with Bumphis at 10 receptions, though his yardage total is just over 100 yards less, sitting at 132 on the season.
  • Senior tight end Marcus Green is next with six catches for 85 yards and three touchdowns, followed by Arceto Clark and Jameon Lewis, who both have four catches just over 50 total yards,
  • 6’5″ freshman Joe Morrow has only two catches, but has converted them into 24 yards.


  • Junior Tyler Russell is 46-79 (58.2 completion percentage) for 651 yards and eight touchdowns, an average of 217 yards per game.
  • Russell has not thrown a single interception in his 79 attempts and has an efficiency rating of 160.9.
  • Russell has only been sacked once.


  • Senior linebacker Cam Lawrence leads all defenders with 26 tackles, plus 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one pass break-up and one pass defended.
  • Tackle Devin Jones, defensive end Denico Autry (eight tackles) and safety Corey Broomfield (13 tackles) each have two tackles for loss, tied for the team lead.
  • Linebacker Matt Wells, end Preston Smith, Autry and Lawrence each have one sack each, responsible for all of MSU’s four sacks this season.
  • Linebackers Benardrick McKinney (16) and Deontae Skinner (15) are third and fourth respectively in tackles.
  • Skinner also has the team lead in quarterback hurries with two.
  • Johnthan Banks (two) and Darius Slay (four) have combined for six of State’s seven interceptions.
  • Matt Wells has the other pick, as well as a team-high two passes broken up, plus three passes defended.


  • Perkins leads the team in all-purpose yards with 419, averaging 139.7 all-purpose yards per game.
  • Bumphis is second with a total of 234, averaging 78 yards per game.
  • MSU has returned seven kickoffs, four of them by Perkins.
  • Perkins averages 21.2 yards per return, while Lewis averages 10.
  • The Bulldogs have fielded six punts, five by Banks (39 total yards, a long of 22) and one by Bumphis for negative-two yards.
  • Slay has a team-high five passes defended, as well as one pass break-up.
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2 Responses to Hail Stats: A look at MSU’s 3-0 start by the numbers

  1. John Barton says:

    Great info, but I think you meant to say third down conversion rate of 35% instead of first down conversion rate.

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