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Split Statistics

All stat categories broken down by game location, game result, playing surface, opponent, and month. Split statistics are provided by team and player.

Situational Statistics

Rushing, passing, and receiving broken down by half, quarter, down and distance, field position, and score. Situational statistics are provided by team and player.

Leader Boards

Sortable national and conference leaders for teams and players, for all games and by split statistics.

Stats updated through 11/22/2014

November 23rd, 2014

Statistics through Saturday, 11/22/2014, are now available.

Getting Less Personal

September 22nd, 2013

Personal foul penalties called per game are down 25.9% through the first four weeks of the 2013 season compared to the 2012 season.  Here is the breakdown of personal foul penalties called per game from 2005 to 2013, the seasons for which I have data.  The data includes all personal fouls called, whether they were accepted, declined, or offset.

          G    Per Game
+------+-----+----------
  2005   718     1.81
  2006   792     1.53
  2007   792     1.60
  2008   804     1.68
  2009   808     1.66
  2010   808     1.84
  2011   812     1.79
  2012   838     2.01
  2013   268     1.49

The average personal fouls called per game from 2005-2012 was 1.74, so the 2013 average of 1.49 is down 14.4% from the average of those seasons.  The only season before 2013 that is close in personal foul penalties per game is 2006, but the games for that season were shortened by the rules that caused the game clock to run more often.

Is the drop in personal foul penalties in 2013 a result of the new targeting rules?  Since we’re only four weeks into the 2013 season, there may not be enough data yet to draw that conclusion.  I’ll check back in the coming weeks to see where the numbers stand.

The Dreaded PAT Safety

January 4th, 2013

Last night’s Fiesta Bowl contained one of college football’s rarest plays, a PAT safety.  When writing my data collection software, I did not consider a safety on a PAT play as a possibility worth coding for.  Even if I did want to code for it, I did not have any examples of what the play-by-play would contain for such a play.  Now I do.

In order to work around the lack of support in my code for the play in last night’s game, I had to adjust it to be a successful team PAT kick for Oregon so the Ducks would be credited with the point.  Changing my software to handle this type of play will be on my to-do list this off-season.

No Stats For You!

November 9th, 2012

The internet connection at my house has been down since Tuesday (curse you AT&T), so I haven’t been able to process any games or update the site.  The problem is scheduled to be fixed on Saturday morning, but I’ll believe it when I see it.  Hopefully I’ll be able to update as usual on Sunday.

Off To A Hot Start

December 8th, 2010

After Cameron Newton‘s touchdown pass on Auburn’s opening drive of the SEC Championship game, CBS showed the stat that Newton is a perfect 19-for-19 passing in Auburn’s game-opening drives this season.  After shaking off my disbelief at that stat — and wishing I had discovered it first — I wondered if any other quarterback in recent years has been perfect in his team’s game-opening drives for a season.

My play-by-play data goes back to 2005, and no other quarterback has been without an incompletion on opening drives for a season during that time (minimum of 10 opening drive pass attempts).  The closest players were both in 2009, when Ryan Griffin of Tulane was 18-of-19 and Kyle Padron of SMU was 16-of-17.

I also wondered how Newton’s passing efficiency rating on opening drives compares to other quarterbacks.  Here are the leaders this season in passing efficiency on their team’s opening drives (minimum of 15 pass attempts).

 Player              Team            Yr  Att  Comp  Yds  TD  Int  Rating
+-------------------+---------------+---+----+-----+----+---+----+-------+
 Cameron Newton      Auburn          JR	  19   19   300	  3   0   284.73
 Tim Jefferson, Jr.  Air Force       JR	  15   10   269   3   1   269.98
 Wesley Carroll      Florida Int'l   JR	  19   15   243   4   1   245.32
 Colin Kaepernick    Nevada          SR	  35   27   360   4   1   195.55
 Jeff Godfrey        UCF             FR	  28   21   263   3   0   189.26
 Andrew Luck         Stanford        JR	  46   35   413   5   0   187.38
 Scott Tolzien       Wisconsin       SR	  23   20   259   1   1   187.20
 Andy Dalton         TCU             SR   37   24   347   5   1   182.84
 Dan Persa           Northwestern    JR	  30   25   273   2   0   181.77
 Ryan Mallett        Arkansas        JR	  37   23   382   4   1   179.15
 Nick Fanuzzi        Rice            JR	  25   19   224   2   0   177.66
 T.J. Yates          North Carolina  JR	  39   32   397   1   0   176.01
 Brian Anderson      Marshall        SR	  25   17   198   3   0   174.13
 Kyle Parker         Clemson         SO	  24   15   197   3   0   172.70
 Taylor Martinez     Nebraska        FR	  22   15   191   2   0   171.11
 Ross Jenkins        Louisiana Tech  SR	  25   17   187   3   0   170.43
 

Since 2005, the QB with the highest passing efficiency rating on opening drives with a minimum of 15 attempts is Steven Moffett of UCF in 2005.   He was 19-for-22 for 406 yards and 3 TD’s, for a rating of 286.38.

Driving For Distance

November 22nd, 2010

Stanford had three straight touchdown drives of 85 or more yards in the first half of its 48-14 win over California.  That gives Stanford nine touchdown drives this season of 85 or more yards, which is tied for second in the FBS.  Here are the FBS leaders this season in touchdown drives of 85 or more yards.

                     TD Drives
  Team               85+ Yards
+------------------+-----------+
  Michigan              10
  Nevada                 9
  Stanford               9
  TCU                    8
  Boise St.              7
  Michigan St.           6
  Mississippi St.        6
  Ohio St.               6
  Penn St.               6
  San Diego St.          6
  Utah                   6
 

This weekend’s games include three games between teams on this list: Boise St. vs. Nevada, Michigan vs. Ohio St., and Michigan St. vs. Penn St.  The Big 10 is obviously well-represented on the list.  Also notice that TCU and Boise State are right there next to each other like they’ve been in the BCS standings much of the season.

Getting Personal

November 17th, 2010

Last Saturday’s game between Georgia and Auburn has stayed in the spotlight due to accusations of dirty play by Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley and the ejection of two other Auburn defensive lineman at the end of the game.  Overall, the game was marred by twelve personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, with the teams responsible for six apiece.

The twelve personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties tie that game with two others for the most penalties of those types in a game since 2005, which is as far back as I have individual penalty data.  For personal fouls, I’m including all varieties of personal fouls, including chop blocks, face masks, roughing the passer, etc.

Here are the games with with the most personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties since 2005.   The numbers include every personal foul penalty where a flag was thrown, even if it was offset by another penalty.  Often times, a personal foul will be called against both teams on a play and they will offset each other.   For the purpose of this list, it counts as two personal foul penalties in the game, even though no yardage was marked off by the referee and they don’t count in the game’s official penalty totals.

                                                   PF & UC
 Visit Team        Home Team         Date         Penalties
+-----------------+-----------------+------------+-----------+
 Georgia           Auburn            11/13/2010      12
 Troy              La.-Lafayette     11/28/2009      12
 Western Ky.       Bowling Green     09/29/2007      12
 Idaho             Hawaii            10/30/2010      11
 Morgan St.        Maryland          09/11/2010      11
 UAB               Florida St.       09/08/2007      11
 Virginia Tech     Florida St.       12/03/2005      11
 Ohio              Buffalo           10/29/2005      11
 Virginia          Boston College    10/08/2005      11
 Baylor            Texas A&M         11/21/2009      10
 UAB               Troy              09/19/2009      10
 Southern Miss.    SMU               11/29/2008      10
 Fla. Atlantic     La.-Monroe        10/25/2008      10
 Miami (Ohio)      Bowling Green     10/18/2008      10
 Brigham Young     TCU               10/16/2008      10
 Western Ky.       North Texas       11/24/2007      10
 Florida St.       Duke              10/14/2006      10
 Colorado          Miami (Fla.)      09/24/2005      10
 Hawaii            Michigan St.      09/10/2005      10

Individual Long Play Leaders

November 8th, 2010

Individual long play leaders are now available in the following categories:

Long Scrimmage Plays
Long Rushing Plays
Long Passing Plays
Long Receiving Plays
Long Punt Return Plays
Long Kickoff Return Plays
Long All Purpose Plays

The individual leaders are broken down nationally or by conference.  I added team long play leaders a few weeks ago.

Citing cfbstats.com

November 1st, 2010

One reason I created cfbstats.com was to provide stats that are not available on any other website.  To my knowledge, there is not another website where you can freely find statistics like Kellen Moore’s passing statistics on 1st down or which team leads the nation in the number of plays of 50 or more yards, among many others.

I would like to request that if you use stats from this website in your broadcast, website, newspaper, game notes, etc., that cfbstats.com be cited as the source of the data.  Some of the traditional college football statistics on cfbstats.com can also be obtained from other sources, so I don’t expect to be cited for that data, though it would be appreciated.  However, if you use statistics that can only be found on cfbstats.com like those I mentioned above, I would appreciate a reference to cfbstats.com as the source of the data.

When you cite this website, please refer to this website simply as cfbstats.com.  For an online reference, I would appreciate a link to the home page of cfbstats.com or a link to the page containing the specific statistic mentioned in the article.

Like anybody that creates a website, I would like as many people as possible to be aware of and use cfbstats.com.   Citing this website when you use the data helps increase the awareness.

Finally, to those college football writers, bloggers, and websites that support and regularly cite cfbstats.com, thank you very much.

Splits vs. Winning and Non-Winning Teams Are Back

October 25th, 2010

After removing some splits from the site last week, I found out that the “vs. Winning/Non-Winning” splits were more popular than I thought, so they’ve been brought back to life.   As I said, the “vs. Winning/Non-Winning” splits were hard to let go, so I’m okay with bringing them back.  I like the splits that I have on the site now and don’t have any further plans to change them.  Thanks to everyone for their feedback.