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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are now available in the following categories:
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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.
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