Mark D. Smith - USA Today Sports

Previewing Arkansas State Red Wolves at Toledo Rockets

First look at Arkansas State at Toledo with enhanced stats.

The Toledo Rockets have started the season with a pair of results any Group of Five school would be glad to have. A win on the road over then ranked Arkansas and a home win over Big XII member Iowa State.

Great outcomes for those games are easy to see. The harder part is figuring out the “how” they did it.

Against Arkansas, Toledo was out-rushed 103 to 81 and out-passed 237 to 412, out-gained by nearly 200 yards. Toledo converted 7 of 17 third downs but actually converted 9 of 17 by successfully converting two fourth downs. Toledo won the only turnover of the game, an interception in the end zone that became a 10 play, 80 yard TD drive after the touchback.

Hosting Iowa State, the Cyclones out-rushed Toledo 207-171 and out-passed the Rockets 274-138, the Cyclones posted 172 yards more offense. Turnovers were even. Iowa State converted an impressive 15 of 23 third down plays to 7 of 15 for Toledo. Penalties were the big category with Iowa State nearly doubling Toledo in penalties and yards penalized.

The rushing numbers for Iowa State are especially interesting. Against FCS Northern Iowa and Big Ten member Iowa, the Cyclones had rushed for a combined 140 yards before posting 207 on Toledo.

The Rockets formula for winning is a bit like a bumblebee. You can see it flies you just aren’t sure how it is happening.

The only statistical category where Toledo jumps out at you is red zone defense. Opponents have reached the red zone nine times and come away with 13 points. Currently the Rockets are #2 in the nation in red zone defense.

  

Arkansas State

                Toledo

Stat (Avg Per Game)

Average

FBS Rank

Average

FBS Rank

Scoring Margin

+2.33

81

+5.50

74

Avg Score

32.00

59

23.00

110

Avg Score Against

29.67

92

17.50

32

Total Offense

414.00

71

313.50

121

Total Defense

379.33

69

498.00

116

Turnover Margin

-0.67

90

+0.50

44

Time of Possession

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1

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1

Total Offensive Plays

78.00

28

62.00

121

Total Defensive Plays

68.00

46

88.00

128

Yards Per Play

5.39

95

5.06

109

Opponent Yards Per Play

5.65

83

5.68

86

Pass Yards

199.00

92

187.50

100

Pass Att

31.00

70

33.00

58

Pass Yards Per Att

6.42

96

5.68

120

Pass Completions

18.00

81

16.00

98

Pass Completion Pct

58.06%

81

48.48%

121

Passing TDs

1.67

59

1.00

93

Interceptions Lost

1.67

110

0.50

33

Opponent Pass Yards

211.33

64

343.00

124

Opponent Pass Att

33.67

80

48.00

128

Opponent Pass Yards Per Att

6.28

51

7.15

79

Opponent Pass Completions

18.33

59

29.00

127

Opponent Pass Completion Pct

54.44%

37

60.42%

84

Opponent Pass TDs

2.33

108

0.50

14

Interceptions Gained

2.00

7

0.50

96

Rush Yards

215.00

38

126.00

108

Rush Att

47.00

23

29.00

122

Rush Yards Per Att

4.57

68

4.35

80

Rush TDs

2.33

35

1.50

85

Fumbles Lost

1.00

87

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1

Opponent Rush Yards

168.00

78

155.00

66

Opponent Rush Att

34.33

30

40.00

79

Opponent Rush Yards Per Att

4.89

102

3.88

59

Opponent Rush TDs

1.33

58

1.00

38

Fumbles Gained

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106

0.50

74

Total First Downs

21.33

64

15.50

123

First Downs Passing

9.00

82

8.00

101

First Downs Rushing

11.33

33

5.00

123

First Downs Penalty

1.00

96

2.50

16

Third Down Conv Att

16.00

23

16.00

23

Third Down Conv Made

6.33

39

7.00

16

Third Down Conv Pct

39.56%

72

43.75%

40

Opponent Third Down Conv Att

13.00

27

18.00

125

Opponent Third Down Conv Made

3.67

22

10.00

127

Opponent Third Down Conv Pct

28.23%

27

55.56%

126

Fourth Down Conv Att

2.33

22

1.50

57

Fourth Down Conv Made

1.00

35

1.00

35

Fourth Down Conv Pct

42.92%

88

66.67%

42

Opponent Fourth Down Conv Att

0.33

3

2.00

78

Opponent Fourth Down Conv Made

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1

0.50

36

Opponent Fourth Down Conv Pct

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1

25.00%

23

No. Penalties

7.33

87

8.00

103

Penalty Yards

72.33

104

56.00

62

Tackles For Loss (Solo)

5.00

53

4.50

77

Tackles For Loss (Assist)

4.00

19

6.00

3

Sacks

2.33

34

2.00

49

Sacks Given Up

1.33

39

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1

Safeties

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15

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15

Red zone Att

3.67

67

4.50

46

Redzone Scores

3.00

70

3.50

51

Redzone Points

18.00

76

20.00

62

Redzone Points Per Att

4.91

68

4.44

92

Redzone Scoring Pct

81.74%

79

77.78%

98

Redzone TD Scoring Pct

63.49%

53

55.56%

84

Opponent Redzone Att

2.00

14

4.50

105

Opponent Redzone Scores

2.00

32

1.50

18

Opponent Redzone Points

12.67

47

6.50

11

Opponent Redzone Points Per Att

6.34

123

1.44

2

Opponent Redzone Scoring Pct

100.00%

112

33.33%

2

Opponent Redzone TD Scoring Pct

83.50%

123

11.11%

4

Kick Off Return No.

3.33

90

4.00

111

Kick Off Return Yards

81.00

28

87.00

20

Kick Off Return Yards Per Att

24.32

42

21.75

64

Kick Off Return TDs

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18

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18

Opponent  Kick Off Return No.

4.00

38

4.50

25

Opponent Kick Off Return Yards

70.67

74

79.00

86

Opponent Kick Off Return Yards Per Att

17.67

26

17.56

24

Opponent Kick Off Return TDs

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1

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1

Punt Return No.

2.00

53

1.50

76

Punt Return Yards

23.67

44

34.50

25

Punt Return Yards Per Att

11.84

46

23.00

11

Punt Return TDs

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29

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29

Opponent  Punt Return No.

1.67

74

1.00

32

Opponent Punt Return Yards

16.00

84

22.50

98

Opponent Punt Return Yards Per Att

9.58

84

22.50

120

Opponent Punt Return TDs

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1

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1

 Punting No

6.00

97

4.00

33

Punting Yards

259.33

20

165.50

96

Punting Yards Per Att

43.22

41

41.38

68

Field Goal Att

0.67

113

3.00

2

Field Goals Made

0.67

93

2.00

8

Field Goal Pct

100.00%

1

66.67%

84

Extra Point Kick Att

4.00

50

2.00

118

Extra Point Kick Made

4.00

47

2.00

114

Extra Point Kick Pct

100.00%

1

100.00%

1