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Statistically Speaking: Jeffery Simmons is awesome, and so was MSU's pass defense




58 -- Here are some numbers on what would have been for the Louisiana Tech passing game if not for that 58-yard completion in the first quarter: Tech would have averaged a putrid 3.7 yards per attempt, it would have only one receiver with more than nine yards per catch and the team would barely have more than 100 yards passing. 


12 -- In scoring his two touchdowns, Jeffery Simmons has scored 12 points. Three teams -- Charlotte, Georgia State and Florida State -- haven't scored that many points this year and four more -- Georgia Southern, UTEP, BYU and Texas State -- are averaging fewer than 12 points per game so far. 


25 -- MSU is averaging 25 first downs per game after 21 against Louisiana Tech. For context, teams last year that were averaging around 25 first downs per game were offenses like Louisville, USC and Oklahoma. Those are three pretty good offenses. 


6.76 -- MSU is averaging 6.76 yards per carry after putting up a gaudy 8.2 against Louisiana Tech. In previous years, maintaining 6.76 yards per carry over the course of a season would have finished best in the nation in all but two of the last seven years. The obvious takeaway there is that this pace is not sustainable, but it does give MSU reason to believe that at its best, it can have a top 20 rushing attack. 


44 -- MSU hasn't had to punt much, so it's not been noticed, but the Bulldogs have had a solid punting season so far. MSU is ranked 44th in the nation with a 43.5 yards per punt rate. 


188.80 -- A lot of MSU's passing statistics aren't all that impressive, but here's one that's nice to build off of: MSU's passer rating on 1st downs is 188.80, 25th in the nation.



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