Statistical Profile: Temple

Want to get a feel for an opponent on various levels and in multiple contexts? Consider this examination of the Temple Owls through a stricly statistical lens. Not every detail might resonate with you, but perhaps two or three stats will catch your eye. It's one way to size up the group from Philadelphia that will open the 2014 season on Thursday night in Nashville.


THE TEMPLE OWLS: A NUMERICAL PERSPECTIVE

Commentary is one form of assessment. Presenting numbers with few editorial interventions is another, and that’s the assessment given to Temple on the night before kickoff. Here’s a look at the Owls through several statistical windows that you won’t find in newspapers, on television, or in many mainstream publications:

SITUATIONAL WIN-LOSS RECORDS IN 2013 (FBS ONLY).

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

Fewer: 1-6

Record when having more yards than an opponent: 2-1.

Fewer: 0-8.

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

Fewer: 1-6.

Record when having more passing yards than an opponent: 2-1.

Fewer: 0-8.

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

Fewer: 0-5.

Statistical tie in this category (zero differential): 0-1.

Record when having more turnovers than an opponent: 0-7.

Fewer: 1-1.

Statistical tie: 1-1.

Record when having more time of possession than an opponent: 1-2.

Less time of possession: 1-7.

BALL SECURITY AND FUMBLE LUCK.

Fumbles in 2013: 16.

Fumbles lost: 8.

Interceptions thrown:11.

TAKEAWAYS ON DEFENSE

Defensive fumbles recovered: 10 recoveries on 12 fumbles by opponents.

Interceptions made: 3.

DRIVE STARTS IN AN OPPONENT’S TERRITORY.

Drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field (including the 50-yard line): 11.

Conference rank (American Athletic Conference) in number of drive starts in an opponent’s half of the field: ninth out of 10 teams.

Points scored on these drives, assuming seven points for all touchdowns, regardless of PAT or conversion outcomes: 63 – nine touchdowns.

Territorial breakdown of drives and outcomes: 5 drives from the 50 to the opponent’s 36 – four touchdowns and one punt; 5 drives from the 35 to the 21 – four touchdowns and a punt; one possession starting in the red zone – one touchdown.

Conference rank (AAC) in number of points scored on drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field: sixth.

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