STARKVILLE, Miss. – After opening holes for 551 yards of total offense and five rushing touchdowns, Mississippi State senior Gabe Jackson has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week. The honor is the first of Jackson’s career and he is the first Bulldog to earn the weekly offensive line award from the league since Tobias Smith on Oct. 13, 2012.
During Saturday evening’s victory over Troy, Jackson was credited with five pancake blocks. He helped MSU to 62 points, tied for the 13th most in program history and the most since tallying 66 against Tulane on Oct. 22, 1994. The Bulldogs also recorded 45 points in the first half, the most in a half in the modern era (since 1950), and their second-most ever behind 49 in the second half against Murray State on Nov. 2, 1946.
The Bulldogs’ 551 yards of total offense Saturday against the Trojans were the 14th most in a game in program history and second most this season after putting up 556 versus Alcorn State. In two home games, Mississippi State has outscored the competition 82-7 in the first half and 56-0 in the second quarter.
Jackson and the Bulldogs’ offense have been impressive the last three games, accumulating 1,522 yards of total offense, an average of 507.3 yards per contest. The Liberty, Miss., native has been a key cog for the line during his four years as he made his 43rd consecutive start Saturday. The string is the second longest in the FBS.
The Bulldogs return to action Oct. 5 in Starkville against LSU.