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StoryBox: Mississippi State-Auburn

Special to College Football News
Posted Sep 16, 2013


Mississippi State did well on fourth down... but it didn't do well enough on third down. That's a key takeaway from a game Auburn won in the final seconds.


STORYBOX: AUBURN 24, MISSISSIPPI STATE 20

First down play selection

17 rushing plays / 11 passing plays for MSU; 17 rush/14 pass for AUB

Average yards to go on second down

7.46 yards for MSU; 6.58 yards for AUB

Second down play selection

14 rush/10 pass for MSU; 10 rush/14 pass for AUB

Average yards to go on third down

8.06 yards for MSU; 6.53 yards for AUB

Third down play selection

8 rush/8 pass for MSU; 8 rush/7 pass for AUB

Third down conversion rate by play selection

2-8 rushing, 3-8 passing for MSU; 4-8 rushing, 3-7 passing for AUB

FOURTH DOWN BREAKDOWN

Punts

7 for MSU; 4 for AUB

Field Goal Attempts

1 for MSU; 3 for AUB

First down/touchdown attempts

2 for MSU

Fourth down conversion rate

2-2 for MSU

BREAKDOWN OF FIRST DOWN/TD ATTEMPTS ON FOURTH DOWN

MSU


Fourth and two, middle fourth quarter, MSU leading 20-17, ball at AUB 39 (rushing play – successful)

Fourth and one, late fourth quarter, MSU 20-17, ball at MSU 29 (rushing play – successful)

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Punts in short-yardage situations:1 for MSU

MSU punted on fourth and one at the MSU 18 (fourth quarter)

Field goals in short-yardage situations: 1 for AUB

AUB kicked a field goal on fourth and goal from the MSU 2 (second quarter)

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PART TWO: FIELD POSITION

Average starting field position:
27-yard line for MSU, 23-yard line for AUB

Drives beginning inside own 10: 1 for MSU, 1 for AUB

Did the defense leverage these drives into scores?

NO, neither team leveraged these drives into scores.

Red zone scores and possessions: 3-4 for MSU with 3 touchdowns and a missed field goal; 3-3 for AUB with 1 touchdown and 2 field goals

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PART THREE: YARDS

Yards gained when leading:
60 for MSU; 165 for AUB

Yards gained when trailing: 325 for MSU; 245 for AUB

Yards gained when tied: 52 for AUB

Yards gained when leading by one score: 60 for MSU; 165 for AUB

Yards gained when trailing by one score: 250 for MSU; 245 for AUB

Yards gained when trailing by two or more scores: 75 for MSU

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PART FOUR: TURNOVER DETAILS

FUMBLES

Offensive fumbles easily recovered:
1 for MSU, 3 for AUB

Recovered defensive fumbles that were 50-50 balls: 1 for MSU

INTERCEPTIONS

Easy interceptions made by defenders (ordinary effort):
2 for MSU

Interceptions thrown on first down: 1 for AUB

Interceptions thrown in one-score games: 2 for AUB

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PART FIVE: OFFICIATING AND MISCELLANY

--AUB went for and converted a two-point conversion following its first touchdown in the first quarter, and took an 11-0 lead.

-MSU did not convert a third down in the second half.

- MSU converted a fourth-and-one situation on its own 29 late in the fourth quarter.

- AUB had 5 first downs on its final, game-winning drive. The drive was 12 plays for 88 yards in 1:46.

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