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GAMEDAY: MSU at Louisiana Tech

 

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HALFTIME: MSU 36, Louisiana Tech 11. 

 

 

 

Nick Fitzgerald: 10-16, 82 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT; 8 carries, 65 yards, 1 TD 

 

Aeris Williams: 9 carries, 107 yards 

 

Dontavian Lee: 2 carries, 15 yards 

 

Donald Gray: 4 catches, 19 yards, 1 TD 

 

Deddrick Thomas: 3 catches, 20 yards 

 

Jordan Thomas: 2 catches, 25 yards, 1 TD 

 

Gabe Myles: 1 catch, 21 yards, 1 TD 

 

Justin Johnson: 1 catch, 5 yards 

 

 

 

Mark McLaurin: 8 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU 

 

Jeffery Simmons: 5 tackles 

 

Gerri Green: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble 

 

Dez Harris: 4 tackles, 1 sack 

 

Johnathan Abram: 4 tackles 

 

J.T. Gray: 3 tackles, 1 PBU 

 

Others: Montez Sweat, one TFL; Lashard Durr, one PBU 

 

 

 

- All things considered, I think what's been most important is the run defense. MSU's been playing with six defensive backs on the field for almost the entire game and still Louisiana Tech is averaging fewer than 4 yards per carry. That's impressive. Of course some credit belongs to those defensive backs who have been crashing the box at times, but I can't wait to watch it back to see just how much the defensive line has been snuffing that out. 

 

- Nick Fitzgerald is averaging something like 5 yards per attempt. This is getting weird. Obviously the running in his game is doing more than enough to salvage it (on top of the touchdowns created by the short field), but still. It's strange. 

 

 

 

 

 

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