Mississippi State: Over/Under - Revisited

Mississippi State: Over/Under - Revisited

STARKVILLE – Dean Legge revisits the critical numbers in Georgia's 23-10 win over Mississippi State.

"0-2…

Mississippi State has never beaten Georgia in a televised contest. In 1982, Georgia upended the other Bulldogs 29-22 in a game on CBS. A decade and a half later Georgia beat State again – this time 38-19. Both games were in Starkville."

State is still looking for its first win over Georgia on television. The game was supposed to be telecast on ESPN2, but thanks to Hurricane Rita and the movement the LSU-Tennessee game, Georgia and Mississippi State played in prime time on ESPN.

"99 yards…

State is 2-0 when running back Jerious Norwood has run the ball for at least 99 yards. State lost the only time Norwood did not get close to the century mark in rushing. During Auburn's 28-0 win over the Bulldogs, Norwood had only 39 yards."

At the start of the game it appeared Norwood was on track to easily get 99 or more yards. But Georgia slowed him to a crawl from the second series on. Norwood finished the game with 43 yards, 31 of which came of the first drive.

"20 carries …

Mississippi State is now 4-2 when Norwood carries the ball 20 times or more in the Sylvester Croom Era. The Bulldogs are a lowly 1-6 when Norwood has the ball for fewer than 20 carries in that same time period."

Norwood, clearly the focus of the Georgia defense, carried the ball only 14 times. Like so many times in the recent past, Mississippi State dropped behind early and was forced to throw the ball more than they would like. Norwood carried the ball four times in the first drive of the game.

"100 yards rushing…

In the last two seasons Georgia is undefeated when rushing for more than 100 yards. The Bulldogs are 1-2 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards as a team (19-13 win over Georgia Tech last season). Georgia ranks behind only Alabama in the SEC in rushing offense with a 232.7 per game average."

State virtually shut Georgia's running game down. The Bulldogs ran for only 94 yards – their lowest total since their 19-14 win over Georgia Tech in 2004.

"100 yards rushing…

Georgia, the sixth ranked team in the SEC in rushing defense, is now 10-0 in the last two seasons (2-0 in 2005) when allowing less than 100 yards of rushing per game. The Bulldogs are now 3-2 when allowing the opposition to run for more than 100 yards."

Running seemed very limited last night for both teams. Norwood seemed explosive on the first drive of the game, but State did nothing the rest of the night. The Bulldogs ended the night with only 49 yards on 26 attempts. Georgia is now undefeated in 2005 when allowing less than 100 yards rushing.

"18…

That's how many scoring drives Georgia has so far this season – the most in the SEC. The Bulldogs' scoring drives average 5.89 plays and take on average four seconds longer than a non-scoring drive at 2:31."

Georgia scored on five of its 12 drives (one of which ended the game). The Bulldogs, however, missed two attempted field goals and seemed to struggle in the red zone.

"23 yard line…

That's the average starting field position for Georgia's opposition – the best in the SEC."

Mississippi State's average starting field position was its own 22 yard line. Georgia's average starting drive, by contrast, began at its own 36 yard line.

"17…

That's how many three-and-outs the Bulldog defense has forced so far in 2005 – the best in the SEC."

The Bulldogs forced Mississippi State into four three-and-outs Saturday night to push their season total to 21.

"47 points…

That's how many more points the Bulldogs have scored off turnovers this season – the most in the SEC. Second closest is Mississippi State with 31 points scored off turnovers."

Georgia scored another three points after Paul Oliver recovered a fumble near the start of the third quarter. Georgia now has 50 points scored off turnovers.

"1…

That's how many teams Mississippi State has not yet beaten in the SEC since 1991. That lone team: Georgia."

State will get another crack at Georgia next year at this time, but it will be in Athens.

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