Putting together the football statistics and rankings requires more effort than I saw on the field last Saturday against UVA so this week I will just share these tidbits and observations.
Hang Onto The Football!
These stats pretty much speak for themselves:
5 wins: 4 turnovers
4 losses: 19 turnovers
5 wins: turnover margin +8
4 losses: turnover margin -14
We’re Not Very Good At Running The Football
After back to back 200+ yard rushing efforts vs The Citadel and Miami, State has 192 rushing yards in the last 4 games combined.
And We Haven’t Been All That Great At Stopping The Run Either
State has given up over 200 yards rushing in each of our last 3 games. An opposing player has gained over 100 yards in 5 of our last 6 games.
Hang Onto The Football! Part Two
Not to sound like I’m calling out college kids, because I hate doing that, but our senior QB has fumbled the ball 10 times this year, almost half of the team’s 21 fumbles (11 of which were recovered by our opponents). Only 4 of those 21 fumbles have been by running backs.
Kicker Niklas Sade has been perfect on chip shot field goals, 4 for 4 under 30 yards. Long range he’s been pretty good too, 3 of 4 over 40 yards. Midrange between 30 and 40 yards? 0 for 3. Go figure.
Protect The QB
First 7 games: 19 sacks allowed
Last 2 games (both losses): 11 sacks allowed
The Safety Dance
State has given up a safety in 3 of our 4 losses.
State’s record when giving up a safety: 0-3
Without giving up a safety: 5-1
There are probably more observations you could pull from the numbers but that’s all last Saturday’s debacle has motivated me to do. See you next week for the post-Wake numbers.