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November 1, 2013

MSU: By the numbers

Here's your look at the numbers you need to know heading into No. 14 South Carolina's game with Mississippi State on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

0 - number of career wins by MSU under Dan Mullen when trailing after three quarters. The Bulldogs are 0-22 when trailing to start the fourth quarter and 3-21 when an opponent leads at halftime.

4 - number of quarterback hurries in the past four games by MSU freshman defensive tackle Chris Jones.

6 - number of wins in a row in the series by South Carolina. The Gamecocks lead the series 8-6 after starting the series 2-6. Mississippi State's last win came in 1999, a 17-0 win in Starkville.

6 - number of starting seniors on MSU, three each on offense and defense.

6.1 - average yards per carry over the last four games by MSU running back Josh Robinson.

10 - rushing touchdowns scored by quarterback Dak Prescott, which is third in the SEC and first among quarterbacks. Nationally, only Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds has more, with 11.

13 - number of touchdowns Prescott has accounted for in five games this season.

13 - number of seniors on Mississipp1 State, eighth-fewest in the nation. South Carolina leads the country with five seniors, only four of whom are on scholarship.

13 - number of career interceptions by MSU's Nickoe (pronounced KNEE-coe) Whitley, tied for first in the country among active career leaders.

13 - the Bulldogs have lost 13 consecutive games to teams ranked in the Top 25 and are 2-19 overall under Mullen.

18 - number of rushing touchdowns this season by Mississippi State. The Bulldogs had 18 all last season.

18 - number of different MSU players with at least one reception this year, led by Jameon Lewis's career-high 30. UCLA leads the nation in that category with 22 players having caught a pass.

29 - number of times the Bulldogs have held an opponent to three plays and out on offense out of 85 drives, second only to Alabama in the SEC in percentage (34.1) and No. 27 nationally.

33 - Career head coaching wins by MSU coach Dan Mullen. He is 33-25 in Starkville, making him thr fourth-winningest coach in program history. Ahead of him are Emory Bellard (37), Allyn McKeen (65) and Jackie Sherrill (75).

39 - career touchdown passes by MSU's Tyler Russell, the most in school history. Russell has accounted for 42 touchdowns in his career, third all-time behind Don Smith (1983-86) with 52. Russell, who missed three games with a concussion and most of the Kentucky game with a sprained ankle, is fifth in school history in career yards (4,957), third in completions (369), eighth in attempts (633) and fourth with nine 200-plus yard passing games.

46 - number of consecutive starts by guard Gabe Jackson, second in the country behind only Georgia's Aaron Murray.

62 - points scored by the Bulldogs against Troy, the 13th-most in school history and most since scoring 66 against Tulane in 1994.

83 - yards rushed for by MSU senior running back LaDarius Perkins, a season-high, against Bowling Green. He is up to 2,350 yards in his career, seventh-most in school history.

456 - number of offensive yards per game MSU is averaging, which is on pace to shatter the school record of 422 set in 1982.

2008 - last time a college player scored a touchdown rushing, receiving and passing twice in the same season until MSU wideout Jameon Lewis did it this year.

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