Gary Doran

Stat-Pac: 2014 Season Regular Season Wrap-up


The regular season is over, with only the bowl and playoff games remaining. The Stat-Pac graphs this week for the year-end final will be a little different because we have combined both offensive and defensive for each category into one graph. Additionally, all but two of the graphs will be looking at the results of the nine conference games only, because looking at conference game stats are more meaningful than including the stats against lesser competition. The Havoc Rate graph and TFL graph will not be conference games only, due to both being much harder to cut down to conference games only.

Total Points Scored and Given Up


– Utah was the only team with a winning record to have more points scored on the defense than its offense scored.
– ASU won twice as many games as it lost, but only scored 22 points more than the defense gave up.
– Oregon averaged almost 20 points per game more than its conference opponents scored on the Ducks.
– Washington had a losing record, but outscored conference opponents by 20 points this season.

Touchdowns Scored vs. Touchdowns Given Up


– Oregon led the conference in scoring with 52 offensive touchdowns, while Cal led the conference in giving up 52 touchdowns.
– Utah had a winning conference record, but its defense gave up seven more touchdowns than the Utes scored offensively.
– The Cal Bears scored the second most offensive touchdowns in the conference with 45.

– ASU only scored one more touchdown than its defense gave up in conference play.

Total Yards Gained by the Offense vs. Yards Given Up by the Defense


– Oregon averaged gaining 528 yards per game against its conference opponents.
– Utah, ASU and Arizona all had winning conference records, but gave up more total yards against conference opponents than what their offenses gained.
– Washington State gained over 400 more yards than its opponents, but only won two conference games.
– The Stanford defense averaged giving up just over 300 yards per game, which was best in the conference.

Total Rushing Yards Gained vs. Rushing Yards Given Up


– ASU gained the third lowest rushing yards in conference play averaging about 130 yards per game.
– Colorado averaged giving up more than 200 yards per conference game this season.
– WSU gave up almost 900 more rushing yards than it gained in conference play.

Total Passing Yards Gained vs. Passing Yards Given Up


– WSU gained 1300 more passing yards than it gave up in conference play and only won two games.
– Utah gave up over 700 yards more passing than the Utes offense gained in conference play this year.
– Utah only averaged 175 yards per game through the air in conference play.
– The Cal Bear defense gave up an average of almost 400 yards per game through the air against conference teams.

Percent of Passes Completed vs. the Percent of Passes Given Up


– Arizona had the lowest completion percentage in the conference at 56.8 percent.
– ASU had the third lowest completion percentage in the conference at 59.1 percent.
– UCLA completed almost 70 percent of its passes, while the Cal defense gave up almost 70 percent completion of passes.
– Stanford and UCLA are the only two schools to hold opponents’ quarterbacks under 60 percent completion rates.

First Downs Gained vs. First Downs Given Up


– ASU gave up the second fewest first downs next to Stanford in the conference.
– Colorado gained 25 more first downs than its defense gave up this season, and yet did not win a single conference game
– WSU gained 52 more first downs than its defense gave up this season, and yet only won two conference games.
– The California defense gave up an average of almost 30 first downs per game in conference play.
– USC gained 22 fewer first downs than its defense gave up this year and still won twice as many conference games as it lost.

Third Down Conversions Gained vs. Third Down Conversions Given Up


– Washington State gained 10 more third down conversions than its defense gave up this year.
– Oregon State gave up 20 more third down conversion than its offense gained this year.
– USC converted the most third down opportunities at 65, while Arizona gave up the most third down conversions at 65.
– Washington State gave up the fewest third down conversions at only 48 this year, an average of just over five per game.

Total Sacks Given Up vs. Sacks Registered by the Defense


– ASU gave up more sacks than any other conference team averaging 3.8 sacks per game in conference play.
– Stanford registered almost 20 more sacks than it gave up, while Cal gave up 16 more sacks than it registered.
– The Cal defense averaged less than one sack per game in conference play.
– The conference teams combined averaged 2.7 sacks per game.

Total TFLs by the Defense vs. TFLs Given Up by the Offense (for All Games)


– ASU gave up the third most TFL by its offense, just under the amounts by UCLA and Utah.
– Arizona gave up the second fewest TFLs by its offense, just a few more than Stanford.
– UCLA gave up 28 more TFLs by its offense than TFLs registered by its defense.
– USC gave up 16 more TFLs by its offense than TFLs registered by its defense.
– Oregon registered 20 more TFLs than its offense gave up, while Arizona registered 28 more.

Total Turnovers Registered by Defense vs. Turnovers Given Up by the Offense


– Arizona led the conference in generating turnovers with 22 for the year in conference play.
– Washington State led the conference in negative turnover margin in losing 14 more turnovers than the defense generated.
– Washington was the only losing team in the conference with a positive turnover margin at +4.
– Stanford was the only team with a winning record that also had a negative turnover margin at – 6.

Red Zone Touchdowns Scored vs. Red Zone Touchdowns Allowed


– ASU and Arizona tied in giving up the second fewest red zone touchdowns at 17, just behind Stanford at 15.
– Arizona led the conference in getting nine more red zone touchdowns than its defense allowed.
– Washington tied California for worst in the conference in giving up 10 more red zone touchdowns than their offenses scored.
– Utah had the second worst net difference in giving up seven more red zone touchdowns than the Utes scored.

Havoc Rate (for All Games)


Havoc Rate developed by Bill Connelly at Football Outsiders

– ASU finished third in the conference in Havoc Rate for the conference.
– Half the conference teams increased their Havoc Rates this year, while half saw their rates decrease.
– Arizona saw its Havoc Rate increase the most from 16.65 percent in 2013 to 20.80 percent this year.
– Utah saw its Havoc Rate increase the second most from 21.08 percent in 2013 to 24.58 percent in 2014.
– California saw its Havoc Rate decrease the most from 16.15 percent in 2013 to 13.16 percent in 2014.
– UCLA saw the second biggest decrease in Havoc Rate from 18.18 percent in 2013 to 15.95 percent in 2014.

Penalty Yards Against the Team vs. for the Team


– There were three teams with winning records, USC, UCLA and Oregon that had more penalty yards against them than penalty yards for them
– ASU led the conference in the net difference between penalty yards against them vs. penalty yards for them at +239 yards.
– Arizona was second in net penalty yards at +163.
– USC had the largest negative net penalty yards at -224.

That’s it for the weekly Stat-Pac reports. Look for some additional reports coming in the next few weeks analyzing the stats in a lot more detail. Here at the ASU Devils Den; we love statistics, and love sharing them with you!

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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