Iowa/Minnesota: A look at the stats

Iowa and Minnesota both have their share of weaknesses, but Iowa's also got a lot of upside, when you look at the statistics. See exactly where a struggling Minnesota defense sits in the Big Ten and nationally in this free stat update.


Category: ### (national rank/big ten rank)

(Stats are rounded down to the nearest whole yard)

Iowa Rush D: 121 ypg (28/4)
Minnesota Rush O: 166 ypg (48/7)

Iowa Pass D: 219 ypg (52/6)
Minnesota Pass O: 240 ypg (49/4)

Minnesota Rush D: 228 ypg (115/11)
Iowa Rush O: 122 ypg (92/10)

Minnesota Pass D: 319 ypg (118/11)
Iowa Pass O: 187ypg (95/10)

Minnesota is worst in the Big Ten in almost every overall defensive category, rush defense, pass defense, overall defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, opponent first downs, sacks by, opponent 1st down conversions, opponent third down converstions and turnover margin. The only defensive category not ranked #11 is red zone defense, where the Gophers sit at #7.

Iowa's red zone defense is #1 in the Big Ten, allowing a points only on only 20 of 30 red zone posessions.

Minnesota's Jay Thomas is ranked #2 in the Big Ten in KR average, gaining over 31 yards per return. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is #5, with 24.8 yards per.

Minnesota's Justin Kucek has the highest average per punt in the Big Ten, hitting a 43.2 yard average overall, and 44.6 in Big Ten play. Ryan Donahue is hitting 42.6 in Big Ten play.

Minnesota has no player listed in the top 10 in sacks, tackles for lose, or forced fumbles.

Mike Humpal, while leading the Big Ten with 11.1 tackles per game, is also ranked #9 in the country in that category.

Iowa is ranked #1 in the Big Ten in turnover margin and punt returns.

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