Inside the Numbers: Colorado

After another loss, the Cyclones find themselves playing for pride against the Colorado Buffaloes. See what kind of stats the Buffaloes have put up this week in "inside the numbers".

The hits just keep on coming, don't they?  After the mistake prone loss against the Kansas Jayhawks, the Cyclones are confined to staying home for a bowl game and in danger of not winning a Big 12 game for the second time in four years.  Let's take a look at what the Cyclones did against the Jayhawks.

 

Cyclones Statistical Breakdown

 

What did the Cyclones do?  In a word, nothing.  The Clones managed to compile only 213 yards of total offense, while giving up 403 yards on defense.  ISU was a dismal 4 of 13 on third down and 0 of 3 on fourth down.  Some other things to take away from this game:

*   6        Number of sacks ISU's offensive line gave up

*   35      Number of sacks given up by ISU this season

     *   40      Yards lost by ISU from sacks

* 74.1%   Kansas' pass completion percentage

     * 94rd       Iowa State's defensive nation rank (as of November 4th)

 

Up Next

 

This week game is probably the most un-important game in terms of national attention.  A meeting between the ISU Cyclones (3-7) and the Colorado Buffaloes (1-9) will have no effect on bowls or the Big 12 title race, this game is all about pride.  The Clones visit the Buffaloes trailing in the overall series 13-46-1.  Though this is the first time leading the Buffaloes against the Cyclones for first year head coach Dan Hawkins, it is not the first time these two head coaches have squared off.  Dan Hawkins previous team, the Boise State Broncos defeated McCarney's Cyclones in the 2002 Humanitarian Bowl 34-16.  Colorado's lone victory came at home against Texas Tech, defeating the Red Raiders 30-6.  The Buffaloes have an average attendance of 46,446 people at their home games, which is pretty impressive since they are only 1-4 at home this season.

 

Offense

 

Offense?  What offense?  Colorado has one of the worst offenses in that nation, ranking 107th in total offense (273.7 yards/game), with 164.6 yards coming from the rush (31st in the nation) and a pathetic 109.1 yards coming from the pass (117th in the nation).  The rush game is their biggest weapon, junior Hugh Charles having 650 yards this season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry (only one touchdown though).  Charles gets some help from starting QB Bernard Jackson, who has rushed for 592 yards (4.4 yard/carry) and six TDs.  Too bad Jackson isn't that good at passing.  Jackson only completes 47.5% of his passes and has a total of 1559 yards (four TDs) through the air.  No wide receiver stands out as the star of this team, but Riar Geer leads the team in receiving yards (240) and receiving touchdowns (two).  This passing game really is "that bad" with the best game that any receiver has had on this team being an 85 yard day by junior Dusty Sprague.

 

Defense

 

The defense isn't as bad as the offense, but it ain't exactly the Chicago Bears either (uh…before the Dolphins game that is).  They average 331.2 yards a game (63rd in the nation), with the pass defense being the weak link, giving up 225.5 yards per game (90th in the nation) to the rush defenses 105.7 yards per game (26th in the nation).  The rush defense is so stout thanks to junior LB Jordan Dizon averaging 9.5 tackles a game (18th best in the nation).  Dizon leads the team in tackles with 106, followed by fellow linebacker Thaddaeus Washington (93 tackles).  The team leader in the sack department is definitely defensive end Abraham Wright, who has 11.5 sacks for a total loss of 93 yards (Dizon is second with 3.5 sacks).   Even thought they give up tons of yards in the secondary, Colorado still makes some plays.  The team has 12 interceptions this season (22nd in the nation), being led by junior cornerback Terrence Wheatley with five (ranking him 15th in the nation in that category).

 

Special Teams

 

This team is solid at special teams because of one man; Mason Crosby.  Crosby is a returning All-American kicker who has a chance at winning the Lou Groza Award (awarded to best collegiate place-kicker).  His stats don't do him justice (he is only 15-22 on his field goals this season) because they allow him to try kicks over 60 yards out.  His long this year is 56, but he has made kicks of 58 yards before.  Punting is handled by Matt DiLallo, who averages 43.24 yards with a long of 73 yards.  As for punt returns, those have been a sore spot thus far with returner Stephone Robinson averaging on 5.1 yards a return with a long of only 36 yards.  Kick returns have been mediocre with Terry Washington and Stephone Robinson averaging 19.9 and 17.4 yards per return, respectively.

 

Final Verdict

 

This game all comes down to pride; who wants this win more.  The offense of the Buffaloes is absolutely terrible.  The pass game can't get any worse, but the run game can do at least some damage.  The defense is decent, mainly because of their rush stopping abilities.  The pass defense is hit or miss, having a bunch of interceptions this year, but also giving up tons of yards in the process.  The special teams aren't any good, with the exception of All-American kicker Mason Crosby.  This Colorado team isn't necessarily as bad as their 1-9 record indicates, because they did stomp a mediocre Texas Tech team.  With neither team playing for anything, this game really just depends on which team hasn't given up on its self.  

 


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