Stats Academy: Numbers That Shaped 2012
STATISTICAL SPOTLIGHT: ONE STAT THAT STOOD OUT FOR EACH ACADEMY TEAM IN 2012
NOTE: The Army statistic is courtesy of the website http://www.cfbstats.com
AIR FORCE: Blown leads – lost three second-half leads of at least seven points, losing two of those games by no more than a field goal
Rice simply stormed back and kicked Air Force's tail in the Armed Forces Bowl; there really wasn't any shame in losing to an opponent that managed to max out. The UNLV and Navy losses, on the other hand, were two very big fish (especially the water-savvy sailors from Annapolis) that got away. Air Force is not the kind of team that plays catch-up well, but that reality means that the Falcons have to be airtight when it comes to protecting leads of at least seven points in second halves of games. If you wanted to make the argument that Air Force should have been 8-5, not 6-7, last season, this would probably be the first point you'd bring up in your argument before a college football supreme court.
ARMY: Pass break-ups – registered a season-high total (seven) in a win over Boston College
Army was fighting an uphill battle throughout the Boston College contest, but the ability to repeatedly deliver above-average plays in the secondary is what kept Army close enough to steal that particular game in the final two minutes of regulation. Pass break-ups were not a regular, every-week feature of Army's defense, but PBUs definitely helped save the Black Knights against the boys from New England.
NAVY: Total possessions starting on an opponent's side of the field: 10. Total points in those possessions: 14.
In 2012, Navy started five drives between the 50 and the opponent's 36. It did not score a single point on those drives. The Mids started three drives from an opponent's 35 to an opponent's 21, scoring no points on those drives. Navy began three drives inside an opponent's red zone and posted 14 points on those drives. Navy finished 8-5 in 2012. Just imagine what the Mids' record could have been if their offense had been able to capitalize on great field position. In 2013, Navy has to be better when it gets a drive start in plus territory.
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