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StoryBox: Mississippi State-Auburn
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
PART FOUR: TURNOVER DETAILS
Offensive fumbles easily recovered: 1 for MSU, 3 for AUB
Recovered defensive fumbles that were 50-50 balls: 1 for MSU
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
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.