Mississippi State’s Dillon Johnson gives Bulldogs a running threat

Arkansas First look Mississippi State

Arkansas football visits Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville. Here is your first look at Mississippi State.

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Mississippi State Season So Far

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/03 Memphis W 49-23 Home
09/10 Arizona W 39-17 Away
09/17 LSU L 16-31 Away
09/24 Bowling Grn W 45-14 Home
10/01 Texas A&M W 42-24 Home
10/08 Arkansas 12:00 pm Home
10/15 Kentucky 8:00 pm Away
10/22 Alabama 8:00 pm Away
11/05 Auburn 1:00 pm Home
11/12 Georgia 12:00 pm Home
11/19 East Tennessee State 12:00 pm Home
11/24 Mississippi 7:00 pm Away

Key Stats (per game)

Stat Arkansas Mississippi St
Scoring Offense 32.0 37.0
Scoring Defense 30.6 21.8
Total Offense 458.6 440.0
Rushing Offense 232.4 93.4
Passing Offense 226.2 346.6
Team Passing Eff. 157.8 157.9
Total Defense 433.0 333.0
Rushing Defense 143.4 118.0
Pass Yards Allowed 289.6 215.0
Team Pass Eff. Def. 139.72 110.69
Turnover Margin 0.00 0.20

Mississippi State Injuries and Suspensions

None reported.

Source: statfox.com

Challenges for Arkansas

Everyone knows about Mike Leach’s high-powered passing attacks. In seasons past the Bulldogs might average 40 or 50 yards rushing and 400 yards passing a game. This season that rushing average is approaching 100 yards per contest. One Saturday against Texas A&M the Bulldogs piled up an unheard of 144 yards on the ground. That diversity helped propel Mississippi State to a sparkling 42-24 win over the Aggies. A big reason for the Bulldogs’s ground success is running back Dillon Johnson. So far this season Dillon has over 300 yards rushing while averaging over six yards per carry. Against Mississippi State stopping the pass will be first priority for the Razorbacks. However, they must also contain Dillon and keep the Bulldog’s new rushing threat under control.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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