Gary Doran

Sun Bowl Stat-Pac

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Here is ASU Devils Den Stat-Pac for the upcoming Sun Bowl comparing many of the statistics we tracked throughout the 2014 Pac-12 season. Looking at the stats of the two teams gives you a real flavor of the styles of the two teams.

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Havoc Rate
– Duke’s defense would have been 10th in the Pac-12 in terms of its Havoc Rating, ahead of only Colorado and Cal.
– Duke’s offense would have placed first in the Pac-12, ahead of Arizona in the low amount of havoc-type categories it incurred.
– ASU’s defense caused 40 more TFLs than Duke’s defense, (97-57).
– Duke’s defense caused 19 more pass break ups than ASU’s defense, (53-34).
– Duke’s offense incurred 50 fewer TFLs than ASU’s offense, (40-90).
– Duke’s offense incurred 24 fewer sacks than ASU’s offense, (13-37).

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Yards Gained on Offense (Run & Pass)
– ASU averaged 113.4 yards on the ground for every touchdown scored rushing the ball.
– Duke averaged 91.6 yards on the ground for every touchdown scored rushing the ball.
– ASU’s yardage lost on running plays amounted to 13.7 percent of its total gross yards rushing.
– Duke’s yardage lost on running plays amounted to 7.6 percent of its total gross yards rushing.
– ASU averaged 12.9 yards for every pass caught.
– Duke averaged 10.3 yards for every pass caught.
– ASU completed 59.4 percent of the passes thrown this season, (257/433).
– Duke completed 57.3 percent of the passes thrown this season, (251/438).

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Yards Given Up on Defense (Run & Pass)
– The ASU defense averaged giving up 110.6 yards on the ground for every touchdown allowed rushing the ball.
– The Duke defense averaged giving up 138.6 yards on the ground for every touchdown allowed rushing the ball.
– Roughly, for every five yards ASU’s defense gave up on the ground, it caused a loss of one yard.
– Roughly, for every eight yards Duke’s defense gave up on the ground, it caused a loss of one yard.
– The ASU defense averaged giving up 12.5 yards for every pass caught.
– The Duke defense averaged giving up 11.6 yards for every pass caught.
– ASU allowed 60.0 percent of the passes it faced this season to be completed, (252/420).
– Duke allowed 54.5 percent of the passes it faced this season to be completed, (211/387).

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First Downs Gained
– ASU gained a first down once every 4.64 rushing attempts, while Duke gained one once every 3.64 rushing attempts.
– ASU gained a first down once every 2.83 passes thrown, while Duke gained one once every 3.68 passes thrown.
– ASU gained a first down once every 1.68 pass completions, while Duke gained one once every 2.11 completions.
– ASU gained a first down once every 3.25 plays, while Duke gained one once every 3.34 plays.

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First Downs Given Up
– ASU gave up a first down once every 5.19 rushing attempts, while Duke gave up one once every 3.67 rushing attempts.
– ASU gave up a first down once every 3.11 passes thrown, while Duke gave up one once every 3.68 passes.
– ASU gave up a first down once every 1.87 pass completions, while Duke gave up one once every 2.01 pass completions.
– ASU gave up a first down once every 3.70 plays, while Duke gave up one once every 3.48 plays.

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Touchdowns Gained: (Run & Pass)
– ASU scored a touchdown once every 26.3 rushing attempts, while Duke scored one once every 18.7 rushing attempts.
– ASU scored a touchdown once every 13.5 passes thrown, while Duke scored one once every 21.9 passes thrown.
– ASU scored a touchdown once every 8.0 pass completions, while Duke scored one once every 12.6 completions.
– ASU scored a touchdown once every 18.1 plays, while Duke scored one once every 20.1 plays.

Touchdowns Given Up: (Run & Pass)
– ASU gave up a touchdown once every 27.5 rushing attempts, while Duke gave one once every 31.1 rushing attempts.
– ASU gave up a touchdown once every 22.1 passes thrown, while Duke gave one once every 32.3 passes thrown.
– ASU gave up a touchdown once every 13.3 pass completions, while Duke gave up one once every 17.6 completions.
– ASU gave up a touchdown once every 26.4 plays, while Duke gave up one once every 31.6 plays.

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Red Zone Touchdowns Scored
– ASU scored a red zone touchdown on 62.1 percent of its red zone chances, (36/58).
– A total of 72.0 percent of ASU’s offensive touchdowns were scored from opponents’ red zones, (36/50).
– Duke scored a red zone touchdown on 61.5 percent of its red zone chances, (32/52).
– A total of 72.7 percent of Duke’s offensive touchdowns were scored from opponents’ red zones, (32/44).

Red Zone Touchdowns Given Up
– ASU gave up a red zone touchdown 54.8 percent of the time its opponents entered into its red zone, (23/42).
– A total of 63.9 percent of the total touchdowns ASU’s defense allowed were scored from within the Sun Devils’ own red zone, (23/36).
– Almost 40 percent of the touchdowns ASU’s defense allowed happened from outside its own red zone.
– Duke gave up a red zone touchdown on 57.8 percent of the time its opponents entered into its red zone, (26/45).
– A total of 89.7 percent of the total touchdowns Duke’s defense allowed were scored from within the Blue Devils’ own red zone, (26/29).
– Only about 10 percent of the touchdowns Duke’s defense allowed happened from outside its own red zone.

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Offensive Scoring by Quarter
– Over one-third of ASU’s total points came in the second quarter.
– Less than 15 percent of ASU’s total points came in the third quarter.
– ASU only had one quarter where it scored less than 100 points.
– ASU scored 50 points more than Duke in the first half.
– Duke’s best scoring quarter was the first quarter.
– Duke only had one quarter in which it scored more than 100 points.

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Defensive Scoring Allowed by Quarter
– Duke allowed less than 100 points to be scored in the second half.
– ASU allowed almost 180 points to be scored in the second half.
– The quarter in which ASU allows the fewest points is the quarter Duke scores the most points; the first quarter, (Duke 112 – ASU 58)
– The quarter in which ASU scores the fewest points is also the quarter Duke allows the fewest points; the third quarter, (ASU 64 – Duke 46)
– Duke gives up almost 50 points less in the second half than it does in the first half, while ASU gives up 24 points more.

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3rd Down Conversions Made by Offense
– 20.5 percent of ASU’s offensive plays were 3rd down plays, (186/906).
– 20.4 percent of Duke’s offensive plays were 3rd down plays, (181/886).
– 25.8 percent of ASU’s first downs happened on 3rd down, (72/279).
– 27.9 percent of Duke’s first downs happened on 3rd down, (74/265).

3rd Down Conversions Allowed by Defense
– 21.3 percent of the plays ASU’s defense faced were 3rd down plays, (189/887).
– 18.9 percent of the plays Duke’s defense faced were 3rd down plays, (173/916).
– 28.8 percent of the first downs ASU’s defense allowed happened on 3rd down, (69/240).
– 22.8 percent of the first downs Duke’s defense allowed happened on 3rd down, (60/263).
– ASU allowed 32 fewer first downs from either 1st or 2nd down situations than Duke, (171/203).

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Sacks (Generated & Given Up)
– Duke threw three times as many passes per sack given up compared to ASU.
– Duke averaged just over one sack per game, while ASU averaged just over three.
– The ASU defense averaged causing three and one-quarter sacks per game.
– The Duke defense averaged causing two and one-quarter sacks per game.

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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