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October 21, 2012
Raiders dogged in Starkville
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A week after seeing their team beat FIU in thrilling fashion, the Blue Raider fan base began wondering if MT could catch lightning in a bottle twice this season and land a monumental upset over Mississippi State.
Granted MT was playing a tough SEC defense, but they will need better production than that to keep the ship heading in the right direction. Adding to the running troubles the Blue Raiders were having in the game was that they turned the ball over three times. This gave MSU good field position and put the defense against the wall.
The MT defense held their own for a half against the Bulldogs, but things got away from them in the second half as the field position MSU consistently got was too much to overcome. A recurring theme that has hindered this unit all season has been the inability to get opposing offenses off of the field on third. This was no different Saturday against the Bulldogs.
Although this loss is not surprising, the Bulldogs embarrassed MT. Consistency has been another problem for this team and even though MT was competitive in the first half, they could not keep it going and never showed up in the second half.
The Blue Raiders passing leader was QB Logan Kilgore. He completed 16 of 25 passes for 159 yards with one interception. Despite the lack of production, Kilgore did move into seventh place on the all-time passing yardage list in school history.
The rushing leader for MT was freshman Jordan Parker. Parker had 13 carries for 66 yards and his longest carry was 16 yards. Reggie Whatley also produced 48 yards on just six carries for the Blue Raiders.
On the flipside of things, Mississippi State's stat sheet shows how they exploded in the game. The Bulldogs had 22 first downs and 446 total yards. MSU gained a total of 231 yards on the ground and the remaining 215 yards came through the air. Mississippi State turned the ball over once and held the ball for 29:53 in the game.
The Bulldogs passing leader was QB Tyler Russell, who completed 17 of 21 pass attempts for 191 yards and three touchdowns. The rushing leader for the Bulldogs was LeDarius Perkins. Perkins had 20 carries for 125 yards with one touchdown and his longest carry was 64 yards.
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