Rutgers: A Numerical Perspective

It's September, which means teams are still very much immersed in the process of finding themselves, trying to discover what they are... and whether that's good or bad. Rutgers is poised on that dividing line between excellence and mediocrity. The Scarlet Knights played and survived a shootout versus Washington State. This past Saturday, they didn't survive a low-scoring game against Penn State.


THE RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS: A NUMERICAL PERSPECTIVE

The 2014 numbers for Rutgers – at least a few particularly salient ones – are veering all over the place. In game one of the new season, quarterback Gary Nova seemed to be a transformed player against Washington State. Nova led an offense which amassed 496 yards of offense and scored 41 points on the road against Washington State. This past Saturday, in game three, Nova threw five interceptions for an offense that didn’t even reach 500 yards and managed to score just 10 points at home against Penn State. Just which team is Rutgers? While you try to figure that out, here’s a look at the Scarlet Knights’ 2013 stats on a few fronts:

SITUATIONAL WIN-LOSS RECORDS IN 2013 (FBS ONLY)

Record when having more first downs than an opponent: 3-1.

Fewer: 2-5.

Record when having more yards than an opponent: 3-1.

Fewer: 2-5.

Record when having more rushing yards than an opponent: 3-2.

Fewer: 2-4.

Record when having more passing yards than an opponent: 3-0.

Fewer: 2-6.

Record when having more penalties than an opponent: 2-3.

Fewer: 3-3.

Record when having more turnovers than an opponent: 2-4.

Fewer: 3-1.

Statistical tie: 0-1.

Record when having more time of possession than an opponent: 2-4.

Less time of possession: 3-2.

BALL SECURITY AND FUMBLE LUCK.

Fumbles in 2013: 16.

Fumbles lost: 8.

Interceptions thrown: 22.

TAKEAWAYS ON DEFENSE

Defensive fumbles recovered: 10 recoveries of 23 fumbles by opponents.

Interceptions made: 8.

DRIVE STARTS IN AN OPPONENT’S TERRITORY

Drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field (including the 50-yard line): 23.

Conference rank (The American) in number of drive starts in an opponent’s half of the field: tied for second out of 10 teams.

Points scored on these drives, assuming seven points for all touchdowns, regardless of PAT or conversion outcomes: 100 – 13 touchdowns, 3 field goals.

Territorial breakdown of drives and outcomes: 12 drives from the 50 to the opponent’s 36 – 5 touchdowns, 2 field goals; 8 drives from the 35 to the 21 – 6 touchdowns; 3 possessions starting in the red zone – 2 touchdowns, 1 field goal.

Conference rank (The American) in number of points scored on drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field: 1st.

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