5.2 – Auburn’s average of yards per carry vs. Mississippi State’s defense
The Auburn Tigers simply couldn’t be stopped when it came to running the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Zach Arnett and Matt Brock had no answer for Auburn running back Jarquez Hunter, who gashed the Bulldogs to the tune of 144 rushing yards on just 17 carries.
For the folks doing the math at home, you are right when you notice that Hunter averaged 8.5 yards per carry against the Bulldogs.
Hunter was a significant part of the Tigers’ offensive attack on Saturday and Auburn was able to consistently churn out positive gains to keep the chains moving and the Bulldogs on their heels, especially in the first half.
And so it’s no shock that Auburn, as a team, averaged 5.2 yards per carry against this porous defense.
There were clear tackling issues and Auburn’s offensive line routinely moved Mississippi State’s front seven with relative ease. And because the Bulldogs really struggled at the point of attack early on in this game, Auburn was able to do what it wanted on offense. And the Tigers really wanted to run the ball.