First half takeaways from Auburn vs Mississippi State

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Well, how about this for an 11 a.m. kickoff.

Auburn came out of the gates swinging, and they currently lead Mississippi State 28-10 at the half. Auburn has played well in all facets of the game, and had it not been for a couple of penalties, Auburn would be near perfect.

While Mississippi State has moved the ball with a short repetitive passing game, they only were able to punch it into the end zone once. Auburn needs to keep their foot on the gas as the Bulldogs were building some momentum at the end of the second quarter.

Here are five takeaways from the first half between Auburn and Mississippi State.

Nix is dealing

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Nix is 15 of 19 for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He’s turned things around after a poor showing last weekend.

The receivers are playing well

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Not only are the receivers getting open, they’re making the difficult catches too.

Kobe Hudson is a natural wide receiver.

Auburn doesn't care about committing to the run game

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Had it not been for the 57 yard “touchdown run” from Ja’Varrius Johnson, Auburn would be averaging 3.5 yards per carry on 18 attempts. Auburn is trying to be as balanced as possible.

Mississippi State is getting their completions

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Will Rodgers has 20 completions, but only 147 yards passing. Auburn is bending but not breaking.

Auburn can't have nice things on kickoff returns

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It feels like every time Auburn has something positive happen on a kickoff, it’s called back for a penalty. Auburn ran a trick play in the first half and JJ Pegues was called for a block in the back

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