South Alabama at Mississippi State: 3 Things Recap

We gave you three key things to focus on during Mississippi State’s game against South Alabama. Now we will recap how those things played out and how they affected the game. Off we go.

1. The Quarterback Battle

Sep 3, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Damian Williams (11) runs the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the South Alabama Jaguars at Davis Wade Stadium. South Alabama won 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

It looks at though the battle is already won. Damian Williams played the overwhelming majority of the game. He also played pretty well, although his arm strength is a bit lacking. Nevertheless, he completed twenty of his 28 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. Williams also added 93 rushing yards on 12 carries, which led the team.

Nick Fitzgerald, on the other hand, barely saw the field. And when he did, he performed poorly. He completed zero of his three pass attempts and picked up 11 yards rushing on two attempts. For better or worse, it looks like Williams is the guy in Starkville.

2. Who Steps up to Complement Fred Ross?

Sep 3, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Fred Ross (8) and linebacker J.T. Gray (12) talk with head coach Dan Mullen during the second quarter of the game at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

I still think it will be Donald Gray in the long-run. But yesterday no receivers really stepped up, including Fred Ross. Ross had just 34 yards on six catches. Gray was second on the team with two catches for 22 yards. Mississippi State is going to need a lot more production from its receiving corps moving forward.

3. Can the Bulldogs Force Some Turnovers?

Sep 3, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; South Alabama Jaguars quarterback Dallas Davis (11) makes a pass during the fourth quarter of the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. South Alabama won 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Nope. South Alabama quarterback Dallas Davis picked the Bulldogs apart. The sophomore completed 24 of his 34 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. He threw no interceptions. In addition, the Bulldogs were unable to force any fumbles.

This season could get very ugly very fast for Mississippi State. Their offense is not particularly potent, and their defense is mediocre. Forcing turnovers would be a huge help for the Bulldogs’, likely futile, quest to reach a bowl game.

Conclusion

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