For WSU, red zone has gone from dark to dandy

AMONG THE MANY statistical nuggets that help explain why Washington State is so dramatically improved from last year, one that leaps off the page -- at least from an offensive standpoint -- is efficiency in the red zone.

The two charts below produced by the Pac-12, explain it all in detail, but the big takeaway is this:

The Cougars rank No. 2 in the conference in red zone efficiency this season vs. No. 9 last season. They have improved by a whopping 12.7 percentage points, going from an 80.3 percent success rate in 2014 to 93.0 percent this season.

WSU has converted on 40 of 43 trips to the zone this season, with 29 of them resulting in TDs

Kicker Erik Powell has been a huge difference maker for the Cougars. He has connected on 11 of 13 field goal tries -- an 84.6-percent accuracy rate. A year ago, he and Quentin Breshears made just 66 percent of their kicks.

Here's the complete run down of each team in the conference:

2015 PAC-12 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY:



2014 PAC-12 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY:


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