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Gameday: No. 8 Auburn at Mississippi State

 

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FINAL: Mississippi State 23, No. 8 Auburn 9. 

 

 

 

- I covered the rushing numbers in my quick gamer, and will do so in more detail in the full version, but here's something that's on my mind: Running 77 percent of the time is not a sustainable model week over week, but it sure was against Auburn with this exact plan. All the credit goes to their scheme. 

 

- This game had three penalties total. What a time to be alive. 

 

- Mississippi State held the ball for 41 minutes and 53 seconds and Auburn converted just three of its 14 third-downs. When you barely have the ball and you're not very good at keeping it, you're gonna lose. Period. 

 

- A sneaky important stat: Nick Fitzgerald was 5-for-6 on first down. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson 

 

 

 

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