Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech 49, Mississippi State 34

Passing
QB Tm Db Att Comp Comp% AY/Att Yds Pres TD Int Dp TA Sk Ht Hur
Dak Prescott 15
MSST
53
50
32
64.0%
10.3
451
19
3
1
6
1
2
4
16
Justin Thomas 5
GT
15
12
7
58.3%
13.9
125
9
1
1
2
2
1
2
6

Despite a shaky offensive line, which allowed pressures on nine of his 15 dropbacks, Justin Thomas made the most of limited opportunities. Thomas was 4-6 for 107 yards and a touchdown on passes thrown at least 10 yards past the line of scrimmage.

Dak Prescott padded the stat sheet with 50 attempts due to the fact that he played just three snaps while the Bulldogs weren’t trailing on the scoreboard.

Eight of Prescott’s 50 attempts were charted as uncatchable—16 percent of his total passes—and only two of the eight came while facing pressure.

To Prescott’s credit, he did handle Georgia Tech’s consistent pressure reasonably well. Prescott was sacked just twice on 19 pressures and completed 10 of 16 passes (and suffered from three others that were dropped).

Rushing
RB
Tm
Att
Yds
Yds/Att
YAC
YAC/Att
1D
TD
MT
Stuff
Fm
Fm Lst
Synjyn Days 10
GT
21
171
8.1
93
4.4
5
3
5
0
0
0
Justin Thomas 5
GT
13
124
9.5
3
0.2
3
3
4
3
0
0
Josh Robinson 13
MSST
14
71
5.1
43
3.1
5
0
4
4
1
1
Zach Laskey 37
GT
10
63
6.3
15
1.5
5
0
0
0
0
0
Dak Prescott 15
MSST
12
62
5.2
22
1.8
3
1
3
0
0
0
Charles Perkins 21
GT
7
59
8.4
29
4.1
2
0
2
2
0
0
Ashton Shumpert 32
MSST
4
25
6.3
6
1.5
3
0
0
0
0
0
Deon Hill 31
GT
5
23
4.6
2
0.4
1
0
0
2
0
0
B.J. Bostic 7
GT
2
15
7.5
0
0.0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Jameon Lewis 4
MSST
1
5
5.0
0
0.0
1
0
1
0
0
0
Fred Ross 8
MSST
1
2
2.0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Dennis Andrews 3
GT
1
1
1.0
0
0.0
0
0
1
0
0
0

Dak Prescott adThis game can be summed up in one statistic: Georgia Tech ran for 314 untouched yards.

Thomas himself accounted for 121 untouched yards, with Synjyn Days adding another 78.

Days was arguably the MVP of the game, running for 171 yards, forcing five missed tackles and not once getting stuffed at or behind the line of scrimmage.

For Mississippi State, Josh Robinson’s stats appeared relatively productive, averaging just over five yards per attempt. But he was stuffed at or behind the line of scrimmage on four of his 14 attempts.

Seven of Robinson’s 14 attempts went for two yards or fewer and over half of his yards (36) came on two 18-yard yards.

 

Receiving
Receiver Tm Tgt Rec Cont. Air Yds/Tgt Yds Yds/Rec YAC MT Dp 1D TD Fum
Joe Morrow 16
MSST
7
6
0
13.9
117
19.5
56
0
0
4
0
0
Darren Waller 88
GT
6
5
1
25.7
114
22.8
4
0
0
3
1
0
De’Runnya Wilson 1
MSST
12
9
6
11.4
105
11.7
25
1
0
3
2
0
Fred Ross 8
MSST
6
5
1
13.7
100
20.0
26
0
0
3
0
0
Jameon Lewis 4
MSST
10
5
1
5.4
63
12.6
35
1
2
4
0
0
Malcolm Johnson 6
MSST
4
3
0
12.3
36
12.0
0
0
0
2
0
0
Robert Johnson 12
MSST
2
2
0
4.5
17
8.5
8
0
0
0
0
0
Micheal Summers 84
GT
2
2
0
-0.5
11
5.5
12
1
0
0
0
0
Gus Walley 19
MSST
1
1
1
7.0
7
7.0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Fred Brown 5
MSST
4
1
1
17.3
6
6.0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Josh Robinson 13
MSST
2
0
0
6.0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Synjyn Days 10
GT
1
0
0
11.0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Charles Perkins 21
GT
1
0
1
3.0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Ashton Shumpert 32
MSST
1
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0

Darren Waller did all the damage for Georgia Tech, hauling in five of his six targets. Only once were the Mississippi State defensive backs able to contest one of his targets (and Waller still caught it for a touchdown).

With Georgia Tech corner D.J. White draped all over him, it took 12 targets for De’Runnya Wilson to rack up 105 yards. Of his 12 targets, six were contested by Georgia Tech defensive backs, but Wilson managed to haul in four despite the pressure.

With the defense keying on Wilson, Joe Morrow stepped up for Mississippi State with a career high in yards. He hauled in six of his seven targets, including four which went for first downs.

 

Blocking
Player
Tm
Pos
Hur
Ht
Sk
PB Snaps
PB %
Pen
P. Yds
Dillon Day 63
MSST
C
1
0
0
53
98.1%
2
20
Blaine Clausell 75
MSST
LT
1
0
0
53
98.1%
1
5
Ben Beckwith 66
MSST
RG
2
1
0
53
94.3%
1
5
Justin Senior 58
MSST
RT
6
0
0
53
88.7%
0
0
Justin Malone 70
MSST
LG
3
2
1
53
88.7%
0
0
Freddie Burden 58
GT
C
0
0
0
15
100.0%
1
15
Shaquille Mason 70
GT
RG
2
0
0
15
86.7%
0
0
Bryan Chamberlain 53
GT
LT
2
0
1
15
80.0%
0
0
Trey Braun 78
GT
LG
0
0
0
13
100.0%
0
0
Malcolm Johnson 6
MSST
TE
0
1
0
10
90.0%
0
0
Synjyn Days 10
GT
RB
0
1
0
8
87.5%
0
0
Errin Joe 75
GT
RT
1
0
0
8
87.5%
0
0
Chris Griffin 72
GT
RT
0
0
0
7
100.0%
0
0
Josh Robinson 13
MSST
RB
0
0
0
4
100.0%
0
0
Zach Laskey 37
GT
RB
0
0
0
4
100.0%
0
0
Deon Hill 31
GT
RB
0
0
0
3
100.0%
0
0
Ashton Shumpert 32
MSST
RB
0
0
0
2
100.0%
0
0
Charles Perkins 21
GT
RB
0
0
0
2
100.0%
0
0
Shamire Devine 71
GT
LG
0
0
0
2
100.0%
0
0
Gus Walley 19
MSST
TE
0
0
0
1
100.0%
0
0
Brandon Hill 18
MSST
TE
1
0
0
1
0.0%
0
0
Dennis Andrews 3
GT
RB
1
0
0
1
0.0%
0
0
Dak Prescott 15
MSST
QB
2
0
1
0
0
0
Justin Thomas 5
GT
QB
1
0
0
0
0
0

In terms of pass protection, the Georgia Tech line was a mess, allowing a pressure on nine of 16 dropbacks.

Mississippi State’s line wasn’t much better, as every starter allowed at least one pressure, including six apiece by right tackle Justin Senior and left guard Justin Malone.

The Bulldogs offensive line also committed four penalties for 30 yards.

 

Pass Rush & Tackling
Defender
Tm
Tackle
MT
Stuff
Sack
Hit
Hurry
FF
FumR
BatPass
P.J. Davis 40
GT
11
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Isaiah Johnson 1
GT
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Jamal Golden 4
GT
9
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
Kivon Coman 11
MSST
7
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Chris Milton 6
GT
6
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Will Redmond 2
MSST
6
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
Benardrick McKinney 50
MSST
5
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Deontay Evans 17
MSST
5
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
D.J. White 28
GT
5
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
KeShun Freeman 42
GT
5
1
1
0
0
5
0
0
0
A.J. Jefferson 47
MSST
5
0
1
1
0
1
1
0
0
Zach Jackson 14
MSST
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Richie Brown 39
MSST
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Shawn Green 97
GT
3
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
Matt Wells 22
MSST
3
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Preston Smith 91
MSST
3
0
1
0
1
2
0
0
0
Beniquez Brown 42
MSST
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Ryan Brown 48
MSST
3
2
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
Christian Holmes 44
MSST
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Lance Austin 17
GT
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
P.J. Jones 93
MSST
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Quayshawn Nealy 54
GT
2
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
Taveze Calhoun 23
MSST
2
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
Jamerson Love 5
MSST
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Rod Rook-Chungong 41
GT
2
0
0
1
0
2
0
1
0
Demond Smith 12
GT
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Tolando Cleveland 31
MSST
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Corey Griffin 14
GT
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Torrey Dale 49
MSST
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Curtis Virges 98
MSST
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Tyler Marcordes 35
GT
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Adam Gotsis 96
GT
1
2
0
1
2
2
0
0
0
Patrick Gamble 91
GT
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Step Durham 8
GT
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Antonio Simmons 93
GT
1
0
0
0
1
5
0
0
0
Jay Hughes 3
MSST
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Lynn Griffin 27
GT
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Kaleb Eulls 92
MSST
0
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Chris Jones 96
MSST
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0

Georgia Tech freshmen KeShun Freeman and Antonio Simmons were too much for the Mississippi State offensive line to handle, as they combined for 11 pressures (one hit, 10 hurries). Junior defensive tackle Adam Gotsis added five more in the form of two hurries, two hits and a sack.

The story on defense for Mississippi State was their 12 missed tackles by nine different defenders.

 

Coverage
Defender
Tm
Tgt
Comp
ContTgt
ContCat
PD
Int
TD
Air Yds/Tgt
Yds
1D
PI
D.J. White 28 GT 10 5 5 2 3 0 1 12.6 54 1 0
Chris Milton 6 GT 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 11.7 47 1 0
Quayshawn Nealy 54 GT 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 7.3 31 2 0
Lance Austin 17 GT 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 9.3 56 3 0
Jamerson Love 5 MSST 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 20.7 64 2 1
Lynn Griffin 27 GT 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 17.0 35 1 0
Isaiah Johnson 1 GT 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 11.3 36 1 0
Jamal Golden 4 GT 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 8.7 21 1 1
Demond Smith 12 GT 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 5.3 44 1 0
Lawrence Austin 20 GT 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 13.0 18 1 0
P.J. Davis 40 GT 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 0 0 0
Tyler Marcordes 35 GT 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 11 0 0
Deontay Evans 17 MSST 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 11 1 0
Tolando Cleveland 31 MSST 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 37.0 39 0 0
Corey Griffin 14 GT 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 10 1 0
Taveze Calhoun 23 MSST 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1.0 5 0 0
Jay Hughes 3 MSST 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 44.0 0 0 0
Step Durham 8 GT 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 12.0 12 1 0

D.J. White was the star of the secondary, allowing just five catches on 10 targets while trailing De’Runnya Wilson for much of the game. White contested five of his targets, allowing just two contested catches, and broke up three passes.

Mississippi State defensive backs failed to contest a single pass. In fact, the closest they came to a contested target was a pass interference penalty called on Jamerson Love, which Darren Waller still caught for a touchdown.

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