WKUInsider is tracking Western Kentucky football's advanced stats in 2014, including breakdown by units and national percentile rankings.
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1) Offensive line: Great performance against Navy. Most notably, 0 sacks allowed on 54 pass attempts--that's crazy good. 3.54 line yards per carry against Navy is the best of the season (would rank in the top 20 percentile nationally if earned weekly,) and that stat has improved every week. WKU went 3-for-4 in power success rate situations against the Midshipmen, including 2-for-2 with runs by quarterback Brandon Doughty.
2) Running backs--After a down game against MTSU, junior Leon Allen bounced back against Navy. On the 6 carries that he got to the 5-yard marker, he averaged 9.8 yards per carry. His weakness still seems to be a low opportunity rate, earning only 35 percent for the game, compared to 50 percent for sophomore Anthony "Ace" Wales. Wales got to the 5-yard marker 7 times in less overall carries than Allen--but averaged a lower 6.3 yards per opportunity.
3) Wide receivers--"The Return of Taywan Taylor." Assuming the recorded play-by-play is accurate, Taylor was targeted 6 times against Navy and caught all 6 passes, leading the team with a 13.0 yards per target average. The true sophomore has been targeted 26 times on the season, catching 23, for a catch rate of 88 percent (best among all starters, and even running backs.) Jared Dangerfield also had a nice day, targeted 8 times and catching 7, finishing with a 9.3 yards per target average.