Gary Doran

Advanced Stats Report: Washington Huskies


ASU travels to Seattle for the next to last conference and road contest in 2016. ASU leads the series with Washington 19-15. With Washington winning nine of the first 14 games played under legendary coach Don James, and ASU winning the last ten contests under three different coaches, Dirk Koetter, Dennis Erickson and Todd Graham. Here are the records by ASU coaching tenure:


That’s right, Bruce Snyder had a losing record and Dennis Erickson was undefeated against the Huskies. To date, only three of the eight ASU coaches have had a losing record against the Huskies.

Here are stats from the 2015 season: (2015 Record, Overall: 7-6 – Conference: 4-5)

Offense– Last year, the Washington Huskies were eighth in the conference in rushing attempts, total rushing yards  and seventh in average yards per carry, but fourth in the number of rushing touchdowns. The year before, they were no worse than fifth in those same categories
– Last season, Washington had its best quarter and worse quarter during the second half of their games in  terms of yards per carry, where they averaged 6.44 in the third quarter and only 3.01 in the fourth quarter
– The Huskies were tenth in the conference last season in the number of first downs they got running the ball
– In 130 carries in the fourth quarter last year, Washington did not have a run gain more than 30 yards, and was the only team in the conference to do so
– In their final two games last year, the Huskies scored roughly 30-percent of all their rushing touchdowns  for the year
– In the three games against a Todd Graham coached ASU team, the Huskies have only scored two rushing touchdown in 105 carries
– On third down and short yardage last season, the Huskies average 1.82 yards per carry; only one  conference team had a lower average
– In 2014, ASU had one more run that traveled ten yards or more than did Washington, and last year they  had the same number of runs gaining ten yards or more
– Last year, Washington was eighth in the conference in the number of pass attempts, seventh in the  percentage of pass completions, ninth in both the total passing yards and passing touchdowns and tied for  sixth in the number of interceptions thrown
– In the first nine games of the season last year, the Huskies completed 59.2-percent of their passes, but  jumped to 73.3-percent in their last three games
– In the last two meeting with the Huskies, the ASU defense has snatched five interceptions, which  represents about 30-percent of all the interceptions thrown by the Huskies in those two seasons
– In games they won last season, the Huskies threw a touchdown pass once every 14 pass attempts and an  interception once every 63 pass attempts; in the games they lost, it was a touchdown pass once every 69  pass attempts and an interception once every 26 passes
– In the last two seasons, Washington has been tenth in the conference in the number of pass receptions  gaining 25-yards or more
– In the past two seasons, almost half the interceptions thrown by the Huskies have happened in the fourth  quarter, and only one interception in the first quarter
– Last year, the Huskies completed 22 passes that gained 25 yards or more, however, only two of them  came in the fourth quarter
– Last season, Washington tied for third in the conference in the percentage of third down passes being  completed for a first down
– In the last two seasons, the Huskies have thrown 19 touchdown passes and no interceptions from within  their opponents’ red zones
– In the past two seasons, 13 of the 17 interceptions thrown by the Huskies have happened when they were  trailing in the game
– On third down and long yardage last year, Washington had next to the lowest pass completion percentage  in the conference
– Last season, Washington only scored 71 points in the fourth quarter
– In 2014, Washington was eighth in the conference in converting third downs to first downs, last year they  were tenth
– In the last two years, Washington has been tenth and eleventh in the conference in the percentage of red zone touchdowns they score compared to their red zone opportunities
– In 2014, Washington was seventh in the conference in the number of turnovers they lost, while last year,  they dropped to tenth
– In the past two years, Washington has lost more fumbles than any other conference team (22)

Defense– The Washington defense was second in the conference last year in the total rushing yards they allowed, the average yards per carry and the number of rushing touchdowns they gave up
– In 2014, the Washington defense was fourth in the conference in the total rushing yards they allowed, second in the average yards per carry the gave up and third in the rushing touchdowns score against them
– Washington was first in the conference in 2014 in the number of rushing touchdowns they allowed in home games, while last year they finished second
– Last year, Washington was second in the conference in the average yards per carry they allowed on the critical third down running plays; and the only conference team not to allow a run for 20 yards or more on  third down
– Washington led the conference last season in limiting the number or runs that covered ten yards or  more, and twenty yards or more. In 2014, they were tied for second and first in the two same categories
– Last year when the Huskies were trailing, they only allowed one rushing touchdown in facing roughly 100  running plays
– In both 2014 and 2015, the Huskie defense only allowed two runs to gain twenty yards or more in the  second half of their games
– The Washington pass defense led the conference last year in two key categories; the fewest number of  touchdown passes given up and the second most interceptions made
– In the fourth quarter of their games last year, the Huskies only allowed two touchdown passes, while  getting five interceptions
– In the fourth quarter of their games last year, the Huskies allowed the second fewest passes to gain a first  down in the conference
– Last year, the Washington defense only allowed three red zone touchdown passes to be completed all  year, which was the fewest in the conference
– Last year in the red zone, the Washington defense allowed only 82 passing yards for the entire season,  and only two first downs
– In the first half of their games last season, Washington only surrendered four touchdown passes, which  was also the lowest in the conference
– The Washington Huskies faced 42 pass attempts on third and long, and intercepted five of those passes,  which was again the best in the conference
– On third down last season, the Washington defense slipped to ninth in the conference in the passing  yards allowed on that down
– The Washington defense has been in the top three in the conference in giving up the fewest touchdowns  in a season in three of the last four years
– Washington was fifth in the conference in 2014 in limiting third down conversions into first downs, while  they were third last year
– For the past two seasons, Washington has been the best in the conference at limiting the percentage of  red zone touchdowns to be scored compared to the red zone opportunities
– In the past two seasons, Washington has been second in the conference both years in the number of  takeaways they generated

Under Huskies coach Chris Petersen, the running game took a step back in 2015 from his initial year in 2014. Up to this point, the running game for the Huskies has been decent, but not formable. That may change with Myles Gaskin entering his sophomore season.

As for the passing game, that may also take a step up with Jake Browning entering his sophomore year too. He seemed to have improved late in the season last year. It is expected that trend will continue into the 2016 campaign. The one thing to keep an eye on in the upcoming season is the Huskies offense’s lack of productivity in the fourth quarter. That is not the time for good teams to go quiet.

In both years under Chris Petersen, the Washington run defense has been very stingy, and there’s no thinking that trend won’t continue into the 2016 season. A big characteristic of his defenses is their ability to limit big running plays. That trend will probably continue too.

Last year, the Washington pass defense was at or near the top in most of the relevant defensive passing categories, including limiting opponents in the critical red zone area. The only category that wasn’t stellar for the Huskies defense, from a statistical standpoint, was the yards they allowed on third down passes. Another good sign for Washington under Chris Petersen is their ability to generate takeaways.

The Washington Huskies under Chris Petersen seem to be trending up, and that trend will take a big jump if their offense can make some gains in productivity, while the defense remains as solid as it was in the 2015 season. Will 2016 be the year the Huskies break ASU’s ten game winning streak against them; very possible.

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About Gary Doran

Gary Doran

Gary graduated from ASU many years ago. After careers working in banking, finance and the financial administration of academic research funding, he is now interested in utilizing his passion for numbers towards two things he thoroughly loves; Arizona State University and college football. He is looking forward to finding the “stories” buried within the numbers on a football stat sheet. He has gone to ASU football games all the way back to the days of Frank Kush and the WAC. He has been married to an amazing ASU graduate for almost forty years, and they currently live in Ventura, CA. Although this may disqualify him from talking football, he and his wife enjoy the practice of yoga and dancing the Argentine Tango. Ole!

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