Gary Doran

Weekly Stat-Pac: Offense Week 13


It’s Week 13 of Stat-Pac conference statistics with the season winding down. We have added a graph or two to spice up the stats, especially since it is rivalry week in the state of Arizona.

Scoring by Quarter


– Oregon is now the only team to average more than 40 points per game.
– Stanford, OSU, Colo. and Utah all average less than 30 points per game.
– Utah has only scored three touchdowns and three field goals in the fourth quarter in conference play.
– Oregon has scored 187 points in the second quarter, which is almost 50 points higher than the next highest team.
– Washington State and Arizona are the two highest scoring teams in the fourth quarter.
– Stanford has not scored 100 points yet in the second half of their games.

Number of Touchdowns by Run or Pass


– Oregon has scored 65 offensive touchdowns, while the rest of the conference averages only about 40 touchdowns.
– Oregon has scored almost 10 more rushing touchdowns than the next highest team.
– Utah is only averaging 2.8 offensive touchdowns per game.Pac-12_Week_13_O_Touchdowns
– Utah has only scored 16 offensive touchdowns in conference play.
– Washington State has only scored five rushing touchdowns, while scoring 43 passing touchdowns.
– Oregon State has only scored 14 passing touchdowns this year.
– UCLA is the model of balance in scoring 22 rushing and 22 passing touchdowns.

Total Yards Gained by Run or Pass


– Oregon and Washington State are the only two teams averaging over 500 yards per game.
– Washington is the only team in the conference to gain more yards rushing than passing.
– Utah has the best balance of running and passing yards at 49 percent and 51 percent.
– In the last six games, ASU has only averaged 366 yards per game.
– In the last six games, UCLA has averaged 504 yards per game.
– Utah is averaging only 332 yards per game in conference play.
– Over 92 percent of Washington State’s total yards comes from pass plays.
– Oregon leads the conference in total yards rushing averaging over 235 yards per game.
– WSU leads the conference in total yards passing averaging almost 500 yards per game.

First Downs Gained: Run-Pass-Penalty


– Washington State is averaging almost 28 first downs per game, which is best in the conference.
– Last week generated the fewest first downs per team so far this season.
– Stanford gained more first downs against its rival California than any other team this season.
– USC gained the fewest first downs in conference play this season against its rival UCLA.
– Utah gained 20 first downs last week against Arizona for the first time in four games.
– Oregon still leads the conference in only needing 2.7 plays per first down.
– Only 7 percent of WSU’s total yards are gained by rushing the ball, while 14 percent of its first downs are gained that way.
– Roughly one out of every seven first downs for Arizona is from a penalty, while it is only about one out of every 15 for Oregon.

Third Down Conversion Rates


– There were more third down conversions last week than any other week during conference play this year.
– Oregon still converts over one-half of its third down opportunities.
– Oregon State converts less than one-third of its third down opportunities
– Nearly one-quarter of the offensive plays Utah runs happen on third down, which is the highest in the conference.
– Stanford only faces about 12.5 third down situations per game, which is the lowest in the conference
– The conference combined converts third downs, on average, on just over 41 percent of their opportunities.
– In the last four games, Arizona has converted just over 30 percent of its third down opportunities.
– Colorado and Utah are tied for the top spot in third down chances so far this year with 186 opportunities.

Average Offensive Yards per Play for Run and Pass


– Oregon averages about 10 yards per pass attempt, which is tops in the conference.
– Oregon also leads the conference in yards per rushing attempt at 5.5.
– USC and UCLA are now tied for second in average yards per pass attempt at 8.3.
– Colorado and Utah are the only two teams averaging less than 7.0 yards per pass attempt.
– Oregon, Stanford and UCLA all average more than 1.0 yards gained per play than what they give up yards per play.
– California, Colorado and Utah all give up more yards per play than their offense generates.
– Oregon gains more than 1.0 yards per play than the next best teams, which are UCLA and WSU.
– Utah gains the fewest yards per play at only 5.1.

Number of Sack Allowed per Pass Attempt


– In the last six games, ASU has given up more sacks than any other team at 23.
– Utah gives up a sack once every 10.8 pass attempts, worst in the conference.
– Colo. gives up a sack only once every 25.7 pass attempts, best in the conference.
– USC gave up more sacks against its rival UCLA last week than against any other team this year.
– In the last six games, ASU has averaged giving up a sack once every 8.2 pass attempts.
– OSU and UCLA lead the conference in the number of sacks given up at 34, with WSU third with 32 sacks.

Number of Turnovers Lost by Fumbles or Interceptions


– There were more turnovers last week than any other week this year.
– Cal, WSU and Utah accounted for roughly two-thirds of all the turnovers last week.
– Oregon turns the ball over only once every 115 plays, which is the best in the conference.
– Stanford loses a turnover on average, once every 35 plays, which is the worst in the conference.
– ASU has only lost three fumbles, which is the lowest in the conference.
– Stanford has lost 12 fumbles this season, the most in the conference.
– Oregon throws an interception, on average, once every 168 pass attempts, which is the best in the conference.
– Colorado throws an interception, on average, once every 36 pass attempts, which is the worst in the conference.
– Washington State leads the conference with 16 interceptions thrown.
– The conference teams combined average throwing an interception once every 55 pass attempts.

Red Zone Touchdown Success Rate


– Cal and USC are still converting over 70 percent of their red zone chances into touchdowns.
– Every conference team is now converting at least 50 percent of their red zone opportunities into touchdowns.
– Almost half of the Oregon’s offensive drives get into their opponents’ red zone
– Utah gets into opponents’ red zones less than a quarter of their offensive drives.
– All the conference teams combined score a red zone touchdown 61 percent of the time.
– Utah is only averaging 1.75 red zone touchdowns per game.
– Oregon averages 3.64 red zone touchdowns per game.
– Only 58 percent of Arizona’s offensive touchdowns come from opponents’ red zones, which is the lowest in the conference.
– Roughly 80 percent of WSU’s offensive touchdowns come from opponents’ red zones, which is the highest in the conference.

Next ASU Opponent: Arizona

It’s Territorial Cup Week, with Arizona being the last regular season opponents for ASU. Based on the numbers below, it appears that Arizona is scoring a bit more per game and gaining a bit more per play, along with gaining more first downs per game, and turning over the ball less often compared to last year. However, in critical times, the touchdown success rate in opponents’ red zones and third down conversions are not quite as good as in 2013. Also, the passing completion rate is down somewhat compared to last year, and sacks are happening in fewer pass attempts this year.

Red Zone touchdowns success rate…….2014–55%…………2013–66%
3rd down conversion rate………….…..…..2014–40%………..2013–47%
Avg yards gained per play…………..…….2014—6.0……….….2013—5.8
Avg score per game……………………..……2014—36.2.………2013—33.5
Turnovers per game……………………..….2014—1.1……..…….2013—1.4
Completion percentage…………………….2014—57%…………2013—61%
Sacks given up per pass attempt……….2014—19.5……..…2013—22.5
Offensive plays per game………………….2014—83.1….……2013—79.2
First downs per game………………………2014—26.7….……2013—23.9

Average yards per play for ASU and Arizona by Game

As part of the Territorial Cup Week, here is a look at how well each team did week to week on its average yards per offensive play.


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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