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
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.
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.
October 17th, 2010
I’ve made some changes to the splits shown on the site — two splits were combined, four splits were removed, and four splits were added.
The “on Road” and “at Neutral Site” splits have been combined into a single “on Road/Neutral Site” split. I don’t think the “at Neutral Site” split by itself was all that useful since a small percentage of games are played at neutral sites, and only a handful of teams play more than one neutral site game each season. I think most people just want to know how teams perform when they are at home vs. when they are not at home. The “at Home” and “on Road/Neutral Site” splits now provide that information.
The “Grass Field” and “Turf Field” splits have been removed. Playing surface splits are not as relevant as they maybe once were. Artificial surfaces like FieldTurf that are widely used today are nothing like the AstroTurf abominations that prevailed in the 70′s and 80′s at stadiums like the Vet in Philadelphia. Artificial surface technologies have advanced enough that I don’t believe the playing surface — grass or turf — has a significant effect on the outcome of a game.
The “vs. Winning” and “vs non-Winning” splits have also been removed. These were a little harder to let go, but I prefer the new splits to these and these have limitations that I’ve noted before. I also had server space to consider and wanted to keep the total number of splits about the same, so these had to go.
The splits that have been added are “vs FBS (I-A)”, “vs FCS (I-AA)”, “vs BCS AQ”, and “vs BCS non-AQ”. These splits were the most-often requested. The first two are self-explanatory, and allow you to filter out the statistics for FBS teams in games against FCS teams, which are usually (but not always) a mismatch.
The “vs BCS AQ” split shows the statistics against BCS automatic qualifying conferences — ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, and SEC — and Notre Dame. The “vs BCS non-AQ” split encompasses the rest of the FBS conferences and independent teams.
For now, these changes only apply to the 2010 season. The other seasons still show the old splits, but the new splits will be phased in over time.
October 11th, 2010
National and conference leader boards have been added that rank teams by the number of long plays they’ve gained offensively and allowed defensively, including rushing, passing, plays from scrimmage (combined rushing and passing), punt returns, and kickoff returns. For instance, you can now see what team leads the nation in the number of 50+ yard plays from scrimmage.
To get to the team leader boards for long plays, go to either the national team leader pages or any of the conference team leader pages.
January 11th, 2010
Carl Bialik, in the Wall Street Journal blog The Daily Fix, wrote last week about decisions made by coaches in bowl games this season. The article was mostly about Nick Saban’s 4th-down decisions in the BCS National Championship Game. He also referred to Idaho’s decision to go for two and the win against Bowling Green instead of going for one and the tie, and used data provided by cfbstats.com to note that teams have been successful 8 out of 14 times in situations similar to Idaho’s. Check it out.
The Count: Saban’s Questionable Calls
January 2nd, 2010
I received an email from Dennis of Mt. Shasta, CA, which alerted me that some of the split statistics were not being calculated correctly. Specifically, the vs. Winning/vs. Non-Winning splits were incorrect. There were a couple of issues that caused this.
First, the vs. Winning/vs. Non-Winning splits were only being updated for teams that played in a bowl game. I had a bug which caused those splits to not be updated for the other teams that did not play in bowl games. This has been corrected.
Second, there was a fundamental problem with how the vs. Winning/vs. Non-Winning splits were being calculated. When calculating the split for games between an FBS team and an FCS team, I was only considering the FCS team’s record against FBS teams rather than the FCS team’s overall record. For example, when calculating California’s split, I considered the Bears’ win against Eastern Washington (FCS) as a win over a non-winning team because Eastern Washington was 0-1 against FBS teams. In fact, Eastern Washington has an 8-4 overall record, so Cal’s win should have been considered a win over a winning team instead.
Unfortunately, I don’t track the statistics (including win-loss record) for FCS teams. Keeping up with just the FBS teams is enough to keep me busy. As a result, I don’t have enough information to properly calculate the vs. Winning/vs. Non-Winning splits when FBS teams play against FCS teams. My solution for now was to modify the definition of the vs. Winning/vs. Non-Winning split to only include games against FBS teams. On each page that includes that split, there is a notation indicating that the split only includes games against FBS teams.
I’m not really happy this solution. I don’t like how this split leaves out some games while the other splits include all games. I think the inconsistency might be confusing. However, I think it’s the best solution for now given the data that I have. Using the complete win-loss records for FCS teams is obviously the better solution, but the amount of work needed to do that may be significant.
Thanks to Dennis for letting me know about the problem.
December 1st, 2009
On November 13, Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly decided to bring QB Tony Pike back from a forearm injury by only putting him into the game once Cincinnati entered the West Virginia red zone. Pike responded by throwing a touchdown pass on each of the two drives in which he entered the game.
Kelly’s novel approach to integrating Pike back into the offense shows how well he knows his starting quarterback. Pike leads the FBS this season with the highest percentage of red zone pass attempts that have resulted in a touchdown (minimum 25 red zone pass attempts). Here are this season’s leaders:
Red Zone Red Zone Red Zone
Player Team Pass Att. TD TD%
Tony Pike Cincinnati 32 15 46.9%
Joe Webb UAB 28 11 39.3%
Sean Canfield Oregon State 44 17 38.6%
Max Hall BYU 55 21 38.2%
Kellen Moore Boise State 71 27 38.0%
Jordan Jefferson LSU 29 11 37.9%
Jonathan Crompton Tennessee 50 18 36.0%
Russell Wilson N.C. State 51 18 35.3%
Rusty Smith Fla. Atlantic 29 10 34.5%
Chris Todd Auburn 27 9 33.3%
Before last Friday’s game against Illinois, 50 percent of Pike’s red zone pass attempts were touchdowns, but after throwing only 4 touchdowns in 10 red zone pass attempts, his percentage dropped to 46.9.
Here are the active career FBS leaders in percentage of red zone pass attempts that have resulted in a touchdown (minimum 50 red zone pass attempts):
Red Zone Red Zone Red Zone
Player Team Pass Att. TD TD%
Sam Bradford Oklahoma 139 52 37.4%
Max Hall BYU 183 65 35.5%
Tony Pike Cincinnati 79 27 34.2%
Kellen Moore Boise State 130 44 33.8%
Russell Wilson N.C. State 89 29 32.6%
Colt McCoy Texas 195 62 31.8%
Sean Canfield Oregon State 96 30 31.3%
Rusty Smith Fla. Atlantic 188 56 29.8%
Austin Davis Southern Miss. 72 21 29.2%
Jerrod Johnson Texas A&M 110 32 29.1%
Tim Tebow Florida 148 43 29.1%
November 24th, 2009
Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett completed passes of 58 and 64 yards against Mississippi State on Saturday, giving him 10 completions this season of 50-plus yards, which leads the FBS. Mallett has 8 completions of 50-plus yards in his last 6 games, with at least one in each game.
Here are the FBS leaders this season in the number of 50-plus yard completions:
Player Team Yr Att 50+
Ryan Mallett Arkansas SO 328 10
Josh Nesbitt Georgia Tech JR 125 9
Blaine Gabbert Missouri SO 373 8
Trevor Vittatoe UTEP JR 367 7
Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame JR 395 7
Tyler Sheehan Bowling Green SR 497 6
Aaron Opelt Toledo SR 261 6
Levi Brown Troy SR 417 6
Kyle Parker Clemson FR 296 6
The name that immediately jumps out from that list is Josh Nesbitt. Despite having a significantly fewer attempts than the others on the list, Nesbitt is 2nd in the FBS in completions of 50-plus yards. Head coach Paul Johnson’s run-heavy spread option offense obviously opens up opportunities for big passing plays. As a team, Georgia Tech ranks 119th out of 120 FBS teams in the number of passes attempted this season.
Here are the FBS leaders this season in the lowest ratio of attempts per 50-plus yard completion on a minimum of two 50-plus yard completions:
Player Team Yr Att 50+ Att/50+
Josh Nesbitt Georgia Tech JR 125 9 13.89
Matt Grothe South Florida SR 59 3 19.67
Brian Reader Idaho SO 67 3 22.33
Ricky Dobbs Navy JR 75 3 25.00
Tyler Bass Memphis SO 81 3 27.00
Steven Sheffield Texas Tech JR 125 4 31.25
Ryan Mallett Arkansas SO 328 10 32.80
B.J. Daniels South Florida FR 173 5 34.60
Greg Alexander Hawaii SR 150 4 37.50
Cody Endres Connecticut SO 154 4 38.50
Hat Tip: Whole Hog Sports