Box Score Review – Penn State

We’re going to try something new this week in reviewing an advanced box score for the previous game. What better game to start out with than the one everyone wants to, if they haven’t already, forget.

For some ground work, we’re only including non-garbage time. In this game, we cut it off after the 3rd quarter. Most all of the metrics here some straight from the play-by-play data. We’ll make adjustments as necessary based on a film review. For example, we can pull QB pressures from the PxP but these tend to be somewhat inconsistent game-to-game. Based on our film review, we’ll adjust as needed. Additionally, sacks and scrambles fall under the passing metrics whereas designed QB runs stay as rushes.

  • Woof, so much red. Some of it under Penn State, but much more of it for the Indiana offense.
  • Both teams were inefficient on standard downs, but Penn State was able to overcome that with a fantastic passing down success rate of 48%. That included a 4th and 7 conversion as well as 2 of PSU’s touchdowns. Meanwhile, once Indiana’s offense got behind the sticks, that drive was effectively over as IU managed a successful play on just 2 of 16 passing downs.
  • Is a 0% success rate in the redzone good?
  • A hot button topic, but I’m fully in the go for it on 4th-and-1 camp. It didn’t work out. The hope would be if Indiana failed to convert, Penn State would be backed up on their 4 yard line instead of around the 25 after a made field goal and kickoff. A defensive stop and Indiana should get the ball back in Penn State territory. Unfortunately the defense allowed a 44-yard rush and later a 21-yard rush on the ensuing drive which resulted in a Penn State touchdown.
  • Indiana’s longest rush in non-garbage time was just 7 yards.
  • The Hoosiers had 5 non-garbage time explosive plays that gained 138 yards. Their other 38 plays had a 13% success rate, gained 0 or lost yards on 22 of them, and averaged just 1.6 yards per play.
  • Micah McFadden. Good at football.

The majority of Jack Tuttle’s time came in the 4th quarter which was excluded in the above chart. He shined early, but there is a less positive view when adding back in that 4th quarter data. Still, the overall sum of his work was above the output that Michael Penix produced during his time. Tuttle seems likely to start against Michigan State so we’ll get a better look at him then.