The Mississippi State Bulldogs got beat by the Northwestern Wildcats in a lot of ways Tuesday afternoon. The defense look delicate and uninspired. The offensive line was a step slow.
Even so, they found themselves, inexplicably, down only one score in the fourth quarter. Even on a day where almost every unit underwhelmed, the Bulldogs had a chance to win the 2013 Gator Bowl.
But quarterback Tyler Russell made sure that didn’t happen.
In a season where SEC quarterbacks have defined their teams, Tyler Russell helped define this game as a failure. Northwestern played its hearts out defensively, but it certainly doesn’t compare to SEC competition. Which makes Russell’s ball movement stats Tuesday, when compared with his season averages, rather interesting: