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Inside the Numbers: USC 31, Oregon State 14

Steve Dykes

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USC 31, Oregon State 14

USC OSU USC OSU
Close % 75.4% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 27.7% 34.4% Success Rate 58.8% 46.2%
Leverage % 65.4% 60.5% PPP 0.88 0.69
S&P 1.470 1.154
TOTAL
EqPts 44.5 33.2 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 50.0% 37.2% Success Rate 33.3% 23.5%
Close PPP 0.80 0.53 PPP 0.64 0.29
Close S&P 1.298 0.905 S&P 0.973 0.525
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 22.5 10.0 Number 1 3
Close Success Rate 51.6% 60.0% Turnover Pts 7.4 15.9
Close PPP 0.64 0.71 Turnover Pts Margin +8.5 -8.5
Close S&P 1.157 1.310
Line Yards/carry 3.67 4.18 Q1 S&P 1.676 0.585
Q2 S&P 0.871 1.099
PASSING Q3 S&P 1.468 0.971
EqPts 22.1 23.2 Q4 S&P 0.617 0.963
Close Success Rate 47.6% 30.3%
Close PPP 1.03 0.48 1st Down S&P 1.478 1.032
Close S&P 1.508 0.783 2nd Down S&P 0.897 0.648
SD/PD Sack Rate 0.0% / 13.3% 10.0% / 9.1% 3rd Down S&P 0.842 0.723
Projected Pt. Margin: USC +19.8 | Actual Pt. Margin: USC +17

3 Thoughts...

1.  For a team that doesn't run the ball well, Oregon State had some success on the ground against the USC defense.

2.  USC 's offense was outstanding on 1st down.  There was some drop-off in performance on 2nd and 3rd downs but USC still executed at an above average level.

3.  The Trojan pass defense was flat out dominant.  Holding Oregon State to a success rate of 30% on pass plays and 23% on passing downs is Alabama-esque (I know, not a word).