Gary Doran

Advanced Stats Report: New Mexico


As we continue our Advanced Stats Report series, we look at the following twenty-three graphs exhibiting how the New Mexico Lobos (the Sun Devils third opponent on the 2015 schedule) match-up by the numbers against the Sun Devils. Be aware that in looking over the graphs they are actually comparing Pac-12 to Mountain West results. However, they do point out areas of strengths and weaknesses, along with the team’s approach against their level of competition.

Offensive Production












Defensive OutputPoints_Allowed2














What the Numbers Say

New Mexico is a little like Cal Poly offensively in that they too like to run the ball quite a bit more than they pass it. Last year the Lobos called a run play roughly four out of every five plays from scrimmage. In 2014, the Lobos actually gained about a half a yard more per play than the Sun Devils, but also averaged running 14 fewer plays per game. New Mexico have averaged over six yards per carry over the past two years. Their third down conversion rate is nothing to write home about, but they have been able to score red zone touchdowns when given the opportunities.

The killer for New Mexico head coach Bob Davie over the past two years seems to have been their defense. Over the past two years, the Lobos have surrendered an average of almost 40 points and 500 yards per game. Last year, they allowed over eight first downs more per game than their own offense was able to gain. The Lobos also yielded 40 touchdowns on the ground.

Although they weren’t bad at keeping their opponents from converting third down situations, they did average facing about 15 more plays than their offense ran. The Lobos also were not very good at keeping opponents out of the end zone once the opponents reached the New Mexico red zone.

Unfortunately for the Lobos in 2014, the quarter they surrendered the most points was also the quarter in which ASU scored the most points. However, in last year’s game in Albuquerque, the Devils scored their highest total in the first quarter.

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!

Recommended for you


  1. Pingback: ASU Devils DenSun Devil Schedule Study: New Mexico - ASU Devils Den

  2. Pingback: ASU Devils DenWeekly ASU Devils Den Rewind

You must be logged in to post a comment Login