Extra Points: Statistical Observations

With the season now in the books, TDD looks back on some notable statistics from the year that ultimately played a big role in how the schedule shook out.

Team Stats:

  • Duke finished 10th in the ACC in total offense, but last in scoring because of lack of red-zone execution (last by a mile). Despite the team's absolutely horrendous start to the year, Duke was within 30 yards per game of everyone but the top three teams in total offense. Unfortunately, points are not awarded for yards gained.
  • After a decent start, Duke finished last in the ACC in total defense, scoring defense, and pass defense. Yuk... They played passably early, but really went into the tank in the second half.
  • One big indicator of why Duke struggled so badly as they were last in the conference in sacks (14).  Conference leader Miami had 34. Conversely, the offense allowed 43 sacks, 24 of which came in the first four games.
  • Duke finished near the bottom in turnover margin at -8 on the season.  Ironically, that is tied with bowl-bound Maryland. 
  • The Blue Devils were only 4-of-11 in field goals and only 75% in extra point conversions.  I can't stress enough how horrendous these numbers are. Even decent place kicking would have probably been worth two wins alone.

Individual Stats:

  • Thad Lewis's final numbers: 180-for-340, 2,134 yards, 11 TDs 16 INTs.  Not all-star material, but not bad for a player who thought he was going to redshirt until four weeks before the season started.
  • Two Duke receivers finished in the ACCs top 10 in yards per game. Eron Riley was 5th (53.6), Jomar Wright was 10th (46.8)
  • John Talley tied for 1st in the conference with 7 interceptions. He finished his career as Duke's all time leader and 2 short of the ACC career
  • Who were Duke's leading tacklers this year? Depends on how you look at it. Including assisted tackles, Mike Tauiliili led the Devils with 94.  If
    you go by solo tackles however, Tauiliili finished 5th (32) behind Jeramy Edwards (49), Patrick Bailey (45), Codey Lowe (37), and Chris Davis (37).  The good news is that 4 of the 5 top tacklers on the team were linebackers.  The bad news is that Duke still finished last in total defense.
  • Despite the low sack total, Duke did get into the backfield a ton. The Devils had three players finish in the ACC's top-10 in tackles for loss. Codey
    Lowe finished 4th (14.0), Pat Bailey finished 5th (12.5), and Jeramy Edwards finished 7th (12.0).

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