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GAMEDAY: TaxSlayer Bowl, MSU vs. Louisville




HALFTIME: Louisville 21, MSU 17 




Total Yards: MSU 245, Louisville 223 


Rushing Yards: MSU 144, Louisville 116 


Passing Yards: Louisville 107, MSU 100 


3rd Downs: MSU 5-9, Louisville 2-7 


Yards Per Play: Louisville 7.2, MSU 5.8 


Time of Possession: MSU 17:53, Louisville 12:07 




Keytaon Thompson: 9-11, 100 yards; 16 carries, 87 yards, 1 TD 


Aeris Williams: 7 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD 


Nick Gibson: 5 carries, 12 yards 


Jesse Jackson: 3 catches, 38 yards 


Jordan Thomas: 1 catch, 29 yards 


Reggie Todd: 2 catches, 32 yards  




Mark McLaurin: 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU 


Cameron Dantzler: 3 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU 


Johnathan Abram: 3 tackles, 0.5 for a loss 


Fletcher Adams: 3 tackles, 1 QB hurry 


Montez Sweat: 2 tackles, 2 for a loss 


Leo Lewis: 2 tackles 




- So, MSU's last 15 offensive plays have gained 45 yards. That's not good. The offense has been lucky to get some points out of those possessions thanks to the defense forcing turnovers and excellent field position, but something needs to improve there. I thought the Louisville defensive front was much better late in the first half, at times frankly having its way with MSU. If that changes, MSU's offensive fortunes will obviously follow. 


- All things considered, MSU has actually done a really nice job on Lamar Jackson the passer. There's a little to be desired on defending Lamar Jackson the runner, but let's be real, it's not like we can realistically expect a defense to do both -- heck, Clemson has had trouble doing that. At this point, I think MSU has to look to its offense as the reason it is down at halftime. 


- Where are the tight ends? Jordan Thomas was the target of a big throw to start the game, but since then, they haven't been heard from much. I can't help but think doing some things with them in the passing game might make Peter Sirmon adjust and open up some new holes.



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