Gary Doran

Advanced Stats Report: Washington

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As we continue our Advanced Stats Report series, we look at the following graphs exhibiting how the Sun Devils’ and their third Pac-12 North opponent, the Washington Huskies, match-up by the numbers.

Offensive Production

Points_Scored

  • In 2014, the Huskies offense scored more than 40 points in three of their first four games, then didn’t score at least 40 points in the remaining ten games of the season
  • Of the 423 points scored in the 2014 season, defensive players scored 54 of the points, (13 percent of all the points)

Pts_Scored_Qtr

  • In 2014, the Huskies offense was fairly consistent in scoring where there was no more than a touchdown difference between all four quarters

TDs_Scored

  • In the 2014 season, ten of the rushing touchdowns were scored when the Huskies were ahead in the game and ten when they were behind
  • In the 2014 season, nine of the passing touchdowns were scored when the Huskies were ahead and eight when they were behind
  • In 2014, the Huskies scored 15 red zone touchdowns rushing the ball and only ten passing the ball

Plays_Run

  • The Huskies offense ran over 130 more plays in the second half of their games in the 2014 season than they did in the first half

Yards_Gained

  • In the first eight games of the regular 2014 season, the Huskies offense gained an average of 355 yards per game, while in the last five games of the regular season the offense averaged 446 yards per game
  • In the five games in the 2014 season against North Division foes, the Huskies offense averaged 360 yards per game, while against the four South Division foes the Huskies averaged 401 yards per game

Run_Gained

  • In the first quarter of their games in the 2014 season, the Huskies averaged 5.75 yards per carry, while only averaging 3.98 yards per carry in the other three quarters
  • When the Huskies were ahead in their games in the 2014 season, they averaged 4.59 yards per carry, while when they were tied or losing, they averaged 4.14 yards per carry

Pass_Gained

  • In the eight games the Huskies won in the 2014 season, they averaged eight yards per pass attempt, while in the six games they lost, they averaged less than six yards per pass attempt
  • In the first quarter of their games in the 2014 season, the Huskies offense averaged almost eight yards per pass attempt, however, by the fourth quarter the average had dropped to around six yards per attempt

Pass_Completions

  • In the 2014 season, the Washington offense completed 65.7 percent of its passes in the first quarter and only 56.5 percent of the passes in the fourth quarter
  • In the 2014 season, the Huskies offense completed 65.6 percent of their passes against Power 5 Conference teams and only 54.7 percent against non-Power 5 Conference teams

Interceptions_Thrown

  • In the eight games that the Washington Huskies won in the 2014 season, they only threw one interception, while they threw five interceptions in six games they lost
  • Two of the six total interceptions the Huskies offense threw in the entire 2014 season happened against ASU

3rd_Down_Made

  • Against the three South Division foes of ASU, Colorado and UCLA in the 2014 season, the Huskies offense only converted nine of 39 third down opportunities for a 23 percent rate
  • Against Arizona last year, the Huskies offense converted 13 out of 22 opportunities for a 59 percent rate

RZ_TDs_Made

  • In the 2014 season, the Huskies offense averaged three red zone touchdowns per game against non-conference foes and only one red zone touchdown per game against conference foes
  • In the 2014 season, roughly 60 percent of the red zone touchdowns scored by the Huskies happened in their first five games

Defensive Output

Points_Allowed

  • In the first two and the last two conference games in the 2014 season, the Huskies defense allowed an average of 13 points per game, while in the middle five conference games, the defense gave up an average of 33 points per game
  • In the 2014 season, the Huskies defense gave up more than 40 points to one non-conference foe, one north Division foe and one South Division foe

Pts_Qtr_Allowed

  • The Huskies allowed 40 percent of all the points scored in the 2014 season to happen in the second quarter, which also happens to be the quarter when ASU scored the most points

TDs_Allowed

  • Ten of the 14 rushing touchdown the Huskies allowed in the 2014 season occurred in their seven road games
  • In the ten games against unranked teams in 2014, the Huskies only surrendered four rushing touchdowns, while in only four games against ranked opponents, the Huskies gave up ten rushing touchdowns
  • Eighteen of the 26 total passing touchdowns the Huskies allowed in the 2014 season happened in their seven home games

Plays_Faced

  • The Huskies defense faced an average of six more plays per game in their road games than when playing at home during the 2014 season
  • In the 2014 season, the Huskies defense faced an average of 8.5 more plays in the first half of their games as compared to the second half

Yards_Allowed

  • In each month of the season, the Huskies gave up on average more yards per game than the previous month
  • In their seven home games during the 2014 season, the Huskies allowed their opponents to gain about 50 yards less than the opponents in their seven road games

Run_Allowed

  • In the first half of the games during the 2014 season, the Huskies allowed 3.57 yards per carry and then only 2.94 yards per carry in the second half
  • In the eight games the Huskies won during the 2014 season, they averaged allowing 2.87 yards per carry, while in the six games they lost, they averaged giving up 3.71 yards per carry, almost a full yards per carry more

Pass_Allowed

  • In the conference games in the 2014 season, the Huskies allowed 7.0 yards per pass attempt, while the non-conference foes averaged 8.3 yards per pass attempt
  • In the first half of the games played in the 2014 season, the Huskies allowed an average of 7.9 yards per pass attempt, while in the second half of the games, the averaged dropped to 6.9 yards per attempt

Completions_Allowed

  • In games during the 2014 season, when the Huskies were winning, their completion percentage averaged 60.5 percent, however when the Huskies were behind in their games, the completion rate increased significantly to 69.3 percent
  • When the Huskies entered their opponents’ red zones during in their games in the 2014 season, they completed an average of only 49.2 percent of their passes, while everywhere else on the field they averaged a 65.6 percent completion rate

#rd_Downs_Allowed

  • In their non-conference game against Illinois in 2014, the Huskies limited them to only one third down conversion in eleven tries
  • In their games against both ASU and Arizona, the Huskies held both teams to just three third down conversions each when both teams had 15 third down opportunities, (only a 20 percent success rate)

RZ_TDs_Allowed

  • During the 2014 season, the Huskies allowed 15 red zone touchdowns to be scored in their six losses and only eleven in their eight wins
  • In their five games in 2014 against North Division foes, the Huskies allowed an average of 47.6 percent of their opponents’ red zone opportunities to score a touchdown, while for their four South Division foes it was a 45 percent success rate, and for the five non-conference foes the success rate was only 41.2 percent

TFLs_Made

  • The Huskies defense registered 58 TFLs against their nine conference foes in the 2014 season, where 22 of those TFLs happened in back-to-back games against ASU and Colorado, (almost 40 percent)

Sacks_Made

  • In the 2014 season, 43 of the 52 total sacks registered by the Huskies came from a senior player, over 80 percent
  • In the 2014 season, 27 out the 52 total sacks came from the defensive line position and only one from a defensive back

Interceptions_Made

  • In the third quarter of their games in 2014, the Huskies intercepted an opponent pass once every 7.7 pass attempts, while in the other three quarters they intercepted a pass once every 61.9 pass attempts
  • In the first three non-conference games in the 2014 season, the Huskies only picked off one pass in 119 pass attempts, then in the first three conference games in the 2014 season, the Huskies again only picked off one pass in 110 pass attempts, in their other eight games they picked off eleven passes facing 310 pass attempts

What the Numbers Say

The Huskies were decent at running the ball in 2014 finishing fourth in the conference. Their deficiency was in the passing game where the Huskies were eleventh in the conference in passing touchdown and yards. In a scoring conference such as the Pac-12, the Huskies finished ninth making it tough to win games consistently.

In 2014, the Huskies defense is what helped Washington to a winning record. The Huskies were second in the conference in rush defense, third in scoring defense and sixth in total defense. Where the Huskies shined was in the aggressive defensive categories where they were second in the conference in sacks and recovered fumbles, third in interceptions and sixth in TFLs. The downside to this going into the 2015 season is that the defense lost a lots of senior defensive help from the 2014 squad.

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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