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By the Numbers: Mississippi State vs Louisiana Tech

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Here’s a look at how both teams are playing before tonight’s game

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Mississippi State Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 Mississippi State (5-3, 2-3 in SEC)

Scoring Offense: 27.1 points per game (10th in the SEC)

Total Offense: 403.5 yards per game (8th in SEC)

Rush Offense: 223.5 (26th in the nation), 1st in the SEC

Pass Offense: 180 yards per game (13th in the SEC)

Total Defense: 283.8 yards per game (6th in the nation)

Scoring Defense: 13.5 points per game (4th in the nation)

Pass Defense: 175.9 yards per game (15th in the nation)

Rush Defense: 107.9 yards per game (16th in the nation)

Red Zone Defense: 26th in the nation

Key Players to Watch

QB – Nick Fitzgerald: rushed for 732 yards and nine rushing touchdowns (4th in the SEC); threw for 1,009 yards, six touchdowns, seven interceptions (13th in the SEC)

RB – Kylin Hill: rushed for 516 yards and three touchdowns

S – Johnathan Abrams: made 53 total tackles

LB – Erroll Thompson: recorded 50 total tackles

S – Mark McLaurin: tallied 41 total tackles

DE – Montez Sweat: 8.5 total sacks (ninth best in the nation); 11 total tackles for a loss (31st in the nation)

DL – Jeffery Simmons: 38 total tackles this season

Louisiana Tech (6-2, 4-1 in Conference USA)

Scoring Offense: 28 points per game (7th in Conference USA)

Total Offense: 395.3 yards per game (7th in the conference)

Rush Offense: 146.9 yards per game (6th in the conference)

Pass Offense: 248.4 yards per game (4th in the conference)

Total Defense: 348.1 yards per game (5th in the conference)

Scoring Defense: 22 points per game (4th in the conference), (31st in the nation)

Pass Defense: 192 yards per game (5th in the conference)

Rush Defense: 156.1 yards per game (7th in the conference)

Key Players to Watch

QB – J’Mar Smith: threw for 1,938 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions

WR – Adrian Hardy: made 38 catches for 644 yards and five touchdowns

WR – Teddy Veal: made 48 catches for 532 yards and a touchdown

Hardy and Veal have combined for almost 1,200 receiving yards this season

DE – Jaylon Ferguson: Leads the nation in sacks with 10.5, sits as the nation’s career leader in sacks with 38

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. from Davis-Wade Stadium.