By the numbers: Mississippi State vs. Auburn
by Andrew Yawn / SPORTS EDITOR
Sep 15, 2012 | 1254 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(Courtesy of msstate.edu)
(Courtesy of msstate.edu)
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9: Senior running back Onterio McCalebb had nine touches on offense against the Bulldogs. For a player that ranks 15th all-time among Auburn rushers in yardage and fourth in yards per carry on that list at 6.46, the ball must be in his hands more than nine times a game. He showed his speed and elusiveness on his 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but only gained 4 yards on eight carries and had one reception for 7 yards. The last time McCalebb faced ULM, he averaged 14 yards per carry.

5: Kiehl Frazier had five turnovers, three interceptions and two fumbles in his second career start. Auburn now ranks No. 118 in the nation with a -2.5 turnover margin per game. Auburn’s plan to start winning starts with protecting the football, and the team already has seven turnovers in two games with six of those coming from Frazier and one from running back Tre Mason. Auburn must keep its defense off the field and keep the ball away from ULM quarterback Kolton Browning. Doing so will win the game and not doing so may lose Frazier his job.

18: Defensive back Demetruce McNeal led the team with 18 tackles. While Chizik divulged that those tackles aren’t that exorbitant when the scheme calls for a safety in the box, that number also confirms Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell’s ability to consistently move the ball past the linebackers and the defense’s inability to wrap up players before the second and third levels.

0: Auburn’s red zone blues continued to haunt the blue and orange as the team failed to score a touchdown in the red zone for the second game in a row. Auburn’s first drive of the second quarter went down to the State 6-yard line and ended in kicker Cody Parkey’s seventh consecutive made field goal dating back to last season. On that drive, Auburn rushed 11 times with four different players for 25 yards and had no passing attempts.
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