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Bulldog Brunch: Stephen F. Austin

 

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Tweet length review of the game 

 

Thank God that's over. Let's test this thing against a FBS opponent, shall we? 

 

 

 

Stellar stats 

 

- Mississippi State got 11.7 yards per attempt and 26.5 yards per completion on a completion percentage of 44.1. So weird. 

 

- MSU got 12 first downs on the ground and 12 first downs through the air. How about that? 

 

- MSU almost had as many punt return yards, 56, as Stephen F. Austin had rushing yards, 77. 

 

 

 

Obscure facts 

 

- 39 Bulldogs made their debuts in this game, 17 of them true freshmen. Nine Bulldogs recorded their first tackles.  

 

- I can't tell how rare this is, but MSU went on a streak of three-straight TD drives, then three-straight punts, then three-straight TD drives again. The 84-yard Osirus Mitchell bomb started the first streak of three, capped by Dontea Jones' leaping grab on the goal line late in the first half. Then the three punts came to start the second half before Mitchell, once again, started the three-drive streak. 

 

- Joe Moorhead is undefeated in season openers as a head coach, given he never lost one at Fordham. 

 

 

 

What about this game will be remembered in January? 

 

Dropping 63, a total it had not hit since the 2015 Egg Bowl and had not hit in a season opener since 1950. 

 

 

 

Quoting Joe Moorhead 

 

- "Starkville and the Dawg Walk, coming off the buses, that was a surreal feeling. Everything it was cracked up to be. The cowbells, same thing. It was awesome to hear. Sweet, sweet music." 

 

- On the wide receivers: "I was pleased. Coach (Luke) Getsy does a fantastic job with them: his expertise as a college player, pro player, Green Bay Packers, teaching those guys fundamentals and scheme is imperative to our success." 

 

 

 

Quoting the Bulldogs 

 

- RB Kylin Hill: "It's a coming out party, to show how great of a coach Coach Moorhead is." 

 

- WR Osirus Mitchell on his first touchdown, the 84-yard catch: "Actually that was pretty weird. I've never gotten a look like that in practice before. I knew I had to make the catch: those are the hardest catches for me, wide open." 

 

 

 

Quoting Stephen F. Austin 

 

- Interim coach Jeff Byrd: "Obviously, when you're playing a team like (MSU), that defensive line showed their presence and they were very physical. I thought they did a great job stymieing us a little bit, but I think we found some growth in our football team running the football and we were able to make some plays there. I am really excited about how our kids competed." 

 

- Byrd: "We said, 'You are on a national stage.' We wanted to find out what our character was and I think our character is what we talked about tonight. I thought we did a great job of defining who we are as competitors." 

 

- Quarterback Foster Sawyer: "Great job by Mississippi State. They have some dogs over there." 

 

 

 

Game Leaders 

 

Top 3 rushers: Keytaon Thompson 10-109 2 TDs, Kylin Hill 9-50, Jamall Shaw (SFA) 6-31. 

 

Top 3 receivers: Osirus Mitchell 2-114 2 TD, Tamrick Pace (SFA) 5-73, Kylin Hill 1-53. 

 

Top 3 defenders: MSU -- Johnathan Abram (8 tackles, 0.5 for a loss), Montez Sweat (6 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, 2 sacks), Mark McLaurin (5 tackles, 1 for loss); SFA -- Bert Morris, Lawrence Ghansah and Trenton Gordon all had 7 tackles each. 

 

 

 

Next Up 

 

MSU goes to Kansas State, 11 a.m. Saturday. Kansas State barely survived its opening game against South Dakota, 27-24. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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