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By the numbers: UAB offense vs. MSU defense

 

Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones recorded a sack and two QB hurries against Southern Miss.

Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones recorded a sack and two QB hurries against Southern Miss. Photo by: Commercial Dispatch

 

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By the numbers 

 

48 

 

That's how many games it had been since UAB rushed for more than 325 yards prior to Saturday's 48-10 win over Troy. The Blazers, behind 179 yards from sophomore running back Jordan Howard, rushed for 339 yards on 55 carries, good for 11th in the country over the season's opening weekend.  

 

 

 

71 

 

Number of rushing yards surrendered by Mississippi State's defense against Southern Miss. The Eagles ran the ball 33 times and averaged merely 2.6 yards per carry. 

 

 

 

294.1, 293.5 

 

That's the respective average sizes of UAB's top 10 on its offensive line and MSU's top 10 on its defensive line. The matchup, which could be key for a UAB team that leaned heavily on its ground game in its opener against Troy, features a UAB offensive line that didn't allow a sack in Week 1. MSU, meanwhile, registered three sacks against USM. 

 

 

 

17 

 

Turnovers forced by Mississippi State's defense in the last six games. The Bulldogs have forced at least three giveaways in five of its last six. 

 

 

 

31 

 

Players that recorded tackles for Mississippi State in Saturday night's 49-0 win over Southern Miss, a result of constand subbing and the rotation of what Defensive Coordinator Geoff Collins calls "Our 1A and 1B defense." 

 

 

 

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