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Weekly Stat-Pac: Offense-Week 12


It’s Week 12 of Stat-Pac conference statistics, and we have again changed up most of the graphs to make the information more meaningful. It also gives our readers a different view of the data. We have also changed the placement of the graphs, where they are now showing before the bullet points.

New Graph Style: Scoring by Quarter


– Oregon, Cal and WSU are the only teams to score more than 100 points in two different quarters
– ASU has only scored 57 points in the third quarter in 10 games this season.
– WSU is the slowest starting team in terms of scoring, as the Cougars have only scored 48 points in the first quarter.
– ASU has only scored three offensive touchdowns in the last four games in the second half.
– For the conference, the second quarter is the highest scoring quarter and the third quarter is the lowest.

New Graph Style: Number of Touchdowns by Run/Pass


– The conference averages 40 percent rushing touchdowns and 60 percent passing touchdowns.
– OSU, UCLA and Washington have scored more running touchdowns than passing touchdowns.
– The conference averages 15.8 running touchdowns per team and 23.7 passing touchdowns per team.
– ASU has scored 15 rushing and 24 passing touchdowns, which is roughly the conference average.
– Oregon, UCLA and Utah show the most balance in scoring about the same number of running and passing touchdowns.
– WSU and Colorado appear to have the most unbalanced scoring, with substantially more passing touchdowns than running touchdowns.

New Graph Style: Total Yards by Run-Pass


– Only two teams still average over 500 yards per game, Oregon and Washington State.
– Last week saw a combined average of less than 400 yards per game. That is the lowest weekly average this season.
– Two out of the last three weeks, Arizona has gained less than 380 yards in their games.
– In the last five games, ASU has only averaged 373 yards per game.
– Washington was the only team to gain more than 500 yards last week.
– Utah is now last in the conference in total yards per game at only 367.
– Washington has more yards rushing than passing this year (2125 – 2029).
– Washington State has only gained 436 total yards on the ground this year in 10 games.
– All the conference teams combined gained 36 percent of their yards on the ground and 64 percent through the air.

New Graph Style: First Downs: How they Happened


– Arizona has gained 41 first downs by penalty, the rest of the conference averages only 20 by penalty.
– Last week saw the fewest first downs per team per game so far this season.
– Roughly one-third of all the first downs gained last weekend happened in the USC and Cal game on Thursday.
– Utah has gained less than 20 first downs in four out of the last five games.
– Utah averages almost four plays to gain a first down. That’s the worst in the conference.
– Oregon still leads the conference in only needing 2.7 plays per first down.
– Washington State leads the conference in gaining an average of 27.6 first downs per game.
– Utah only gets 44 percent of its first down through the air.

New Graph Style: Third Down Conversion Rates


– Oregon State only converted one out of 12 third down opportunities in their game against ASU, and won.
– Washington converted 13 third down opportunities against the Wildcats. That is the most in one game this year, and lost.
– Oregon is the only team to convert more than 50 percent of its third down chances.
– USC is now second in the success rate of converting third down opportunities at 46 percent.
– Oregon State only converts 29 percent of its third down chances so far this year.
– Five conference teams are converting less than 40 percent of their third down chances so far this year.
– Arizona only converted three third down opportunities last week; that’s the lowest number so far this year for the Wildcats.
– Arizona, Colorado and Washington are tied for the top spot in third down chances so far this year with 171 opportunities.
– Stanford has only had 127 third down chances so far this year.

New Graph Style: Average Offensive Yards for Run and Pass


– Oregon averages 10 yards per pass attempt, which is tops in the conference.
– Oregon also leads the conference in yards per rushing attempt at 5.4.
– USC is now second in average yards per pass attempt at 8.5.
– Washington State is only averaging 2.2 yards per rushing attempt.
– Five of the conference teams are gaining only 0.1 yards or less per play than they are allowing their opponents to gain.
– Oregon gains the most yards per play, with Cal and UCLA tied for second.
– Utah gains the fewest yards per play at only 5.1.

New Graph Style: UCLA Yards per Play Timeline


This week we are highlight South Division team: UCLA’s average yards per play by game.

– UCLA has gained more yards per play against opponents in nine of its 10 games this year.
– The Bruins have gained 6.0 yards per play or more in six of their ten contests, while giving up 6.0 yards per play or more only twice.
– In the last four games, UCLA has averaged 6.2 yards per play and given up an average of only 4.7 yards per play.

New Graph Style: Number of Sack Allowed per Pass Attempt


All eight teams that played last week gave up at least one sack during the game.
– Utah gave up the most sacks last week with five against Stanford, the most the Utes have given up in a game this season.
– Utah now gives up a sack once every 10.7 pass attempts, worse in the conference.
– Colo. gives up a sack only once every 26.8 pass attempts, best in the conference.
– In the first five games, ASU gave up seven sacks, while in the last five games the Sun Devils have given up 18 sacks.
– In the last five games, ASU has averaged giving up a sack once every 9.1 pass attempts.
– UCLA still leads the conference in the number of sacks given up at 31, but OSU is only one away with 30 sacks given up.

New Graph Style: Turnovers Fumbles/Interceptions


– Arizona had its most turnovers in a game this season last week with three against Washington.
– ASU has turned the ball over six times in the past four games.
– California had its first turnover in three games last week.
– Washington has turned the ball over 12 times in the last five games.
– Utah was the only team that did not have a turnover in a game last week.
– Stanford loses a turnover on average, once every 35 plays.
– ASU has only lost three fumbles, which is lowest in the conference.
– Stanford has lost twelve fumbles this season, most in the conference.
– Oregon throws an interception, on average, once every 150 pass attempts.
– Colorado throws an interception, on average, once every 34 pass attempts.
– The conference teams combined have lost 79 fumbles and 77 interceptions.
– The conference teams combined have averaged an interception once every 60 pass attempts.

Red Zone Touchdown Graph: Unchanged


– Cal and USC are converting over 70 percent of their red zone chances into touchdowns.
– Stanford has the lowest red zone touchdown conversion rate at only 46 percent.
– Utah gets into opponents’ red zones, on average, only once out of every four of their offensive drives.
– All the conference teams combined score a red zone touchdown 61 percent of the time.
– Utah is only averaging 1.8 red zone touchdowns per game.
– Oregon averages 3.6 red zone touchdowns per game.
– Oregon has scored twice as many red zone touchdowns as Stanford or Utah; 36 vs. 18.

Next ASU Opponent: Washington State

Batten down the hatches, the Pirate and his crew are on the way to Tempe this weekend, as Washington State invades the desert. Offensively, the Cougars are doing as good or better in all seven of the categories highlighted below compared to last year. One big improvement is a significant decrease in the number of turnovers per game this year, as compared to last year. Additionally, WSU has improved its yards per play by nearly 13 percent over last year, and the completion rate is up 6 percent too. The Cougars are scoring an average of a field goal more per game this year than 2013.

Red Zone touchdowns success rate.…….2014–63%…………2013–63%
3rd down conversion rate………….…..…..2014–44%…………2013–40%
Avg yards gained per play…………..….….2014—6.2……….….2013—5.5
Avg score per game……………………..……2014—34……….…2013—31
Turnovers per game………………………….2014—1.7………….2013—2.7
Completion percentage……………………..2014—68%……….2013—62%
Sacks given up per pass attempt………..2014—23.9…….…2013—23.6

As always, if there is something you’d like to see us begin to track, or to look at differently, please let us know.

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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