Everything Mississippi State followers thought they may rely on within the Mike Leach period after upsetting LSU to begin the 2020 season crumbled on Saturday towards Kentucky.
What had been a dominant Air Raid offense towards the Tigers turned abysmal towards the Wildcats in a 24-2 loss.
Mississippi State managed to lose regardless of doing a fairly good job retaining Kentucky from transferring the ball. The effort did not matter due to the traditionally unhealthy play of quarterbacks Ok.J. Costello and Will Rogers, and a sport plan that didn’t adapt in any respect.
Leach has by no means had a workforce rating so few factors in his offense-centric teaching profession.
“We’re going to should test our group and see who actually desires to play right here,” Leach advised reporters after the sport.
Mike Leach hints that he could should “purge” some gamers from the workforce. Ones he thinks aren’t becoming in with what he is making an attempt to do.
“We’re going to should test our group and see who actually desires to play right here.”
— Tyler Horka (@tbhorka) October 11, 2020
Here are some stats to assist put the efficiency into perspective:
Mississippi State had the ball for almost all of the competition, making its incapacity to cross the objective line that rather more irritating. In addition to holding possession for nearly 10 extra minutes than Kentucky, the Bulldogs ran 84 performs to Kentucky’s 53.
All of that possession led to little or no ahead progress, nonetheless. Mississippi State gained 295 yards for a median of simply 3.5 yards per play.
Mississippi State threw 70 passes. Costello accounted for 55 of these throws whereas Rogers chipped within the different 15.
Mississippi State threw six interceptions, together with a pick-six. Costello, the starter, made 4 of these errors. Rogers gifted the opposite two to the Wildcats.
Mississippi State didn’t throw a landing go. It got here shut, not less than: Costello threw two of his 4 interceptions within the pink zone. Rogers threw one other choose within the pink zone within the fourth quarter.
Perhaps the frustration of not discovering the top zone obtained to Leach, as a result of he known as for his offense to power the ball ahead down by 22 factors with lower than a minute left. The last throw of the sport, after all, was an interception.