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June 25, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Interesting UW football stats

Here are some interesting UW football stats from the 2006 season compiled by a person who runs a UCLA football blog. The site breaks down the stats for many of UCLA’s opponents this season.
As you can see, not every Husky game appears in the stats, so they are a little incomplete.
But there is some interesting stuff there, particularly concerning play-calling by down and distance, something that was a hot topic on this board often last season and which we occassionally broke down by individual game (something I plan to do more of this season).
A common complaint was that UW too often ran the ball on first down, and these numbers appear to support that a bit, showing that the Huskies ran the ball 142 times on first down in the nine games charted here, as opposed to 90 passes.
By way of comparison, some of the other teams charted on this site had run-pass ratios on first down that were a bit more even. WSU, for instance, was at 117 runs to 98 passes on first down, Oregon 222-196 and Oregon State 188-151. (Only seven WSU games were charted while all 13 were charted for Oregon and 12 for Oregon State).
Cal, meanwhile, was almost dead even (159 runs, 154 passes) while Arizona State (189 runs, 116 passes) and UCLA (208-131) had ratios fairly similar to UW’s.
Really interesting to note is that according to his breakdown of USC, the Trojans threw the ball 205 times on first down last year to 157 runs. (USC ended up throwing the second-most passes in the conference last year, 447, compared to just 416 runs, the sixth-most in the conference).
Most of those teams, however, also simply threw the ball more than did the Huskies last season, so the fact that they threw more often on first down makes sense given their overall numbers. WSU, for instance, attempted 57 more passes in the same amount of games as UW, while Oregon, which played one more game than did the Huskies, attempted 113 more passes for the season.
Also worth noting is that Louis Rankin had 27 carries for no gain or a loss of 108 attempts in the games that were charted (Rankin had 142 total carries for the season).
That is obviously, basically a quarter of his carries, a pretty high percentage. You’ll note that Yvenson Bernard of Oregon State, had 38 such carries out of 246 attempts, and Oregon’s Jonathan Stewart had the exact same number (27) in 173 carries.
Basically, numbers that just reinforce what we all saw last season — that Rankin had trouble getting yards in situations where yards were going to be hard to come by. Good news it that he looked a lot better in that area during the spring,
Again, however, good reading for a June day, and I’d be interested in any observations any of you might discern from these numbers.

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