The Auburn Tigers suffered its first loss on Saturday at Mississippi State. Auburn now has a bye week before South Carolina comes calling.

Let’s take a look inside the numbers of Auburn’s 5-1 start.

The Good

232: Auburn’s running game continued its torrid pace on Saturday, again rushing for over 200 yards. That includes another 100-yard performance from Nick Marshall and a committee of other rushers. Head coach Gus Malzahn’s play-calling was unusually suspect on Saturday afternoon. Though throwing the ball seemed like a forced issue, Auburn had success running the football against a very good Mississippi State defense.

4: Despite giving up 469 yards of total offense and an early 21-0 hole, the Auburn defense played well. The Tigers had four takeaways to get its team some life and back in the game. If Ellis Johnson’s defense can continue to force turnovers, Auburn could have chances to blow some games open down the stretch.

33: The percentage of third down conversions Auburn is allowing. Despite allowing Mississippi State to go eight for 17 on third downs last weekend, the Tigers have been very good at getting off the field on third downs. That’s important to the success of the defense, because we saw last weekend that when Auburn can’t get off the field, lapses and breakdowns occur causing Auburn to give up big plays.

The Bad:

35.7: On a scale of zero to 100, Nick Marshall’s QBR on Saturday afternoon against Mississippi State was 35.7. Marshall was inconsistent throwing the ball against the Bulldogs and Malzahn seemed intent on throwing the football. Tipped passes and batted down balls have been an issue for Marshall this season. He’ll need to correct that and play better if Auburn hopes to win the SEC West.

39/11: The number of tackles for loss and sacks recorded by the Auburn defense. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson has said that he’s not pleased with the pass rusher the Tigers have gotten. Look for Auburn to blitz more in the second half of the season and play more man-to-man coverage in the secondary.

6: Auburn got some tough breaks on the road with penalties. The Tigers committed six penalties in the loss to Mississippi State and two pass interference calls went against Auburn at critical times in the game that killed a drive for Auburn and extended a drive for the Bulldogs.