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Mallett Hits The Long Passes

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

Jacquizz Has The Answer For How Not To Fumble

November 19th, 2009

Oregon State sophomore RB Jacquizz Rodgers has not fumbled in his college career.   He has had 565 career touches without fumbling, which is the most among active players.   For touches, I’m including rushing attempts, receptions, punt returns and kickoff returns.

Here are the active players with the lowest percentage of fumbles on a minimum of 300 career touches.

 Player             Team              Yr  Pos  Touches Fumbles
 Jacquizz Rodgers   Oregon State      SO   RB    565      0
 Victor Anderson    Louisville        SO   RB    315      0
 Andre Dixon        Connecticut       SR   RB    382      1
 Keiland Williams   LSU               SR   RB    340      1
 Jake Sharp         Kansas            SR   RB    522      2
 DaJuane Collins    Toledo            SR   RB    484      2
 Mark Ingram        Alabama           SO   RB    370      2
 Mikell Simpson     Virginia          SR   RB    366      2
 Reggie Arnold      Arkansas State    SR   RB    712      4
 Dwayne Priest      Eastern Michigan  JR   RB    345      2
 Deonte` Jackson    Idaho             JR   RB    517      3

At the other end of spectrum, here are the active players with the most career fumbles, regardless of the number of touches.

 Player             Team              Yr  Pos  Touches Fumbles
 Thaddeus Lewis     Duke              SR   QB    347     37
 Juice Williams     Illinois          SR   QB    613     32
 Josh Nesbitt       Georgia Tech      JR   QB    444     32
 Corey Leonard      Arkansas State    SR   QB    511     29
 Donovan Porterie   New Mexico        SR   QB    183     27
 Colt McCoy         Texas             SR   QB    399     25
 Max Hall           BYU               SR   QB    173     25
 Zac Robinson       Oklahoma State    SR   QB    403     24
 Todd Reesing       Kansas            SR   QB    318     24
 Diondre Borel      Utah State        JR   QB    340     22
 Adam Weber         Minnesota         JR   QB    333     22

Harbaugh’s Two-Point Conversion Chart

November 17th, 2009

We’re told that every coach has a two-point conversion chart that he uses during a game to determine whether to go for a one- or two-point conversion after a touchdown.  I don’t know if coaches have the chart memorized, if they keep it folded up in their back pocket, or if they have an assistant hold it for them.   Anyway, I’ve always assumed that the chart tells coaches to go for the one-point conversion when they’re ahead by 27 points — if the chart even goes up that high — since the one-point conversion is the usual decision.

Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh must have his own version of the two-point conversion chart, and it tells him to go for two when leading by 27 points against USC.  That was his decision on Saturday when Stanford scored a touchdown to take a 48-21 lead over USC late in the 4th quarter.  The conversion attempt failed when Stepfan Taylor’s rush attempt was stopped short.

I decided to find out how many times since 2005 a team has attempted a two-point conversion when leading by 27 points or more.  Here is the list:

 Team          Opponent      Date        Score  Lead  Player (Position) - Note
 Hawaii        Idaho         10/28/2006  61-10   51   Funaki (holder)
 Boise St.     New Mex. St.  10/07/2007  51-0    51   Bissell (holder)
 TCU           S.F. Austin   09/06/2008  58-7    51   Kerley (holder)
 Florida St.   Rice          09/23/2006  53-7    46   Piurowski (TE) - PAT blocked
 New Mex. St.  La. Tech      12/02/2006  50-9    41   Kaufman (holder)
 Wisconsin     Minnesota     10/14/2006  41-3    38   DeBauche (holder)
 Texas A&M     La.-Lafayette 09/09/2006  44-7    37   Schroeder (holder)
 Baylor	       N'western St. 09/26/2009  47-10   37   Stone (kicker)
 Utah          Wyoming       10/11/2008  40-7    33   Godfrey (holder)
 LSU           Miss. St.     09/30/2006  48-17   31   Flynn (holder) - bad snap
 Tulsa         Rice          10/15/2005  34-7    27   Keopple (holder)
 California    Stanford      11/22/2008  30-3    27   Longshore (holder) - PAT fake?
 Stanford      USC           11/14/2009  48-21   27   Taylor (RB)
 Virginia      Indiana       10/10/2009  27-0    27   Jarrett (kicker)

I was surprised by this list because I did not expect to find very many two-point attempts that qualified, especially with such large leads.  When I started analyzing the conversions in the list, I realized that many of these two-point conversions were probably not planned, but occurred because of a bad snap, a muffed hold, or a blocked kick, where the holder or kicker ended up trying to get two points on a broken play.  Most of the play-by-plays did not indicate why a two-point attempt was made, but I think it’s reasonable to assume that if the holder or kicker attempted the two-point conversion rush or pass, given the score at the time, it was most likely not planned.

The two-point attempt on the list that I’m not sure about is the pass attempt by Cal holder Nate Longshore when leading 30-3 against Stanford in 2008.  I watched a video of the play (a link to which I cannot find now), and it looked to me like Longshore was executing a planned fake of a one-point attempt.  I found that the question of whether Longshore’s play was a fake or not has been the subject of some debate.

I think it’s safe to say that Stanford’s two-point conversion attempt against USC is the biggest lead for a deliberate, offense-on-the-field, 2-point conversion attempt since 2005.  Given the bad blood that now exists — or got worse — between USC head coach Pete Carroll and Harbaugh, we may see that mark broken in the future.

300 in 30 minutes

November 11th, 2009

In the games of Saturday, November 7, five QB’s threw for 300 or more yards in a half, which more than doubled the previous 2009 season total of four.  Of the nine times that it has happened so far this season, the teams whose QB threw for 300 yards in a half are 6-3.

                                              1st   2nd
 Player             Team          Date        Half  Half  Total  W/L
 Case Keenum        Houston       10/31/2009  304   255   559    Win
 Case Keenum        Houston       11/07/2009  311   211   522    Win
 Steven Sheffield   Texas Tech    10/10/2009  370   120   490    Win
 Zach Collaros      Cincinnati    11/07/2009  333   147   480    Win
 Greg Alexander     Hawaii        09/19/2009  341   136   477    Loss
 Blaine Gabbert     Missouri      11/07/2009  322   146   468    Loss
 Ryan Lindley       San Diego St  10/24/2009  132   327   459    Win
 Jimmy Clausen      Notre Dame    11/07/2009  112   340   452    Loss
 Jonathan Crompton  Tennessee     11/07/2009  305    26   331    Win

Case Keenum has done it twice this season, the last two games in a row.  The names Texas Tech and Hawaii are not surprising, even if their QB’s are relatively unknown.  Zach Collaros showed why he will remain the starter this week even with Tony Pike returning from injury.  And Jonathon Crompton continues his unlikely journey from offensive liability to asset.

The FBS individual record for passing yards in a half is 517 by Houston’s Andre Ware during his 1989 Heisman Trophy winning season.

Home Cookin’

November 3rd, 2009

On the ESPN broadcast of the game last Thursday between North Carolina and Virginia Tech, play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler said that in Virginia Tech’s home games, visiting teams average over two false start or delay-of-game penalties per game.  Those types of penalties are often credited (at least partially) to the crowd noise and hostile atmosphere in the home team’s stadium.

Naturally, I wondered how Virginia Tech compared to other FBS teams in the average number of opponent’s false start or delay-of-game penalties per home game.  But when I started looking at the data, I realized that there is inconsistency in how official scorers record what type of penalty occurred.  For instance, instead of recording a penalty specifically as a false start, some will record it using the more general “illegal procedure” type.

So I decided to consider delay-of-game penalties plus all penalties that fall under the category of “illegal procedure”: false start, illegal formation, encroachment offense, and illegal procedure itself.   These penalties are signaled by the referee using official signal number 19.

Here are the top teams whose home opponents average the highest number of illegal procedure and delay-of-game penalties per game.  The data is from the 2005 through 2009 seasons, and only includes games at the team’s home stadium (or stadiums in the case of Arkansas’s two home stadiums and Miami’s move from the Orange Bowl to Land Shark Stadium).  Neutral site games are not included.

                      |------------------- Visiting Team ----------------------|
                       False  Illegal  Illegal    Encr.    Delay          Per
 Home Team         G   Start   Proc.    Form.    Offense  Of Game  Total  Game
 Texas            29    77       1        7        0        19      104   3.59
 Missouri         29    66       3        7        1        15       92   3.17
 Utah             28    71       1        5        0         8       85   3.04
 Miami (Fla.)     30    59       2       10        2        17       90   3.00
 Virginia Tech    32    61       3       13        0        17       94   2.94
 Florida          31    47       5       14        1        21       88   2.84
 Boise St.        30    48      15        5        0        17       85   2.83
 California       30    59       4        4        1        16       84   2.80
 Miss. St.        30    50       5        4        0        24       83   2.77
 Arkansas         29    52       0       13        1        13       79   2.72
 Oklahoma         29    59       0        5        0        15       79   2.72

So Virginia Tech ranks fifth among FBS teams using the above criteria.  Texas, one of three Big 12 teams on the list,  is first by a pretty good margin.  I was a little surprised by Cal being on the list.  I thought I’d see Oregon or USC from the Pac-10 on the list before Cal.  Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium is not particularly big, but the fans have the cowbell effect on their side.  Boise State’s Bronco Stadium is even smaller, but visiting teams are obviously mesmerized by the blue turf.

The home stadium atmosphere is not likely the sole reason for how a team ranks on this list.  The quality and style of play of both teams in a game and the penalty tendencies of the teams and officiating crews are among the factors that may contribute to the numbers.

What happened to those punts?

October 29th, 2009

Whenever you watch a game involving Florida on TV, you will inevitably be informed that the Gators give up very few punt returns and punt return yards to their opponents. It’s with good reason, because Florida is usually among the best in the FBS in those categories. In 2007, Florida allowed only five punts to be returned for 22 yards in 13 games.

This season, Florida is again among the leaders, allowing only two punts to be returned and zero punt return yards in seven games.  The only team that has done as good or better in those categories this season is Florida Atlantic, which has allowed 2 punt returns for negative eight punt return yards in six games.

I began wondering — what happened to all the other punts by these teams that were not returned by the opponent? So here are the teams that have surrendered the fewest number of punt returns this season, broken down by how the punt ended.

                                   Fair                         Out of
 Team             Punts   Return   Catch   Touchback   Downed   Bounds   Other
 Florida Atl.      25       2        9         3         4	  5        2
 Florida           18       2        5         2         5	  4        0
 Ohio State        34       3       20         1         8        2        0
 Hawai'i           21       3        5         1         4        5        3
 Notre Dame        27       3       16         2         4        1        1
 UCF               32       5       13         1         9        3        1
 LSU               30       5       15         1         5        4        0
 Nevada            26       5        9         3         5        3        1
 BYU               23       6        6         2         4        4        1
 Stanford          22       6        7         2         6        0        1
 Southern Miss.    30       6       10         2        10        2        0
 Central Mich.     31       6        8         3         9        5        0
 Auburn            41       6       17         4         8        6        0
 Miami (Fla.)      26       6        9         2         7        2        0
 South Fla.        29       6       14         2         6        1        0
 Totals           415      70      163        31        94       47       10
                         16.9%    39.3%      7.5%     22.7%    11.3%     2.4%

For this group of teams, the plurality of the punts that are not returned ended in a fair catch, followed by the ball being downed, then by the ball being kicked out of bounds.  The “Other” column comprises those punts where the official scorer did not indicate what happened at the end of the punt, most likely that the ball was downed.

Florida’s punt return coverage numbers are helped because they have only had to punt 18 times this season, with 11.1% of the punts being returned.  Florida Atlantic and Ohio State are the leaders in the FBS in the lowest percentage of punts returned with 8% and 9% respectively.

Forbath a bright spot for UCLA

October 28th, 2009

UCLA junior placekicker Kai Forbath kicked a 53-yard field goal in a losing effort against Arizona last Saturday. It was Forbath’s third field goal made this season of 50 or more yards and was the ninth of 50 or more yards in his career.

Here are the top-10 active career leaders in field goals made from 50 or more yards.

                                        50+   50+
 Player           Team             Yr   FGM   FGA
 Kai Forbath      UCLA             JR    9    11
 Aaron Pettrey    Ohio State       SR    6     8
 Leigh Tiffin     Alabama          SR    5     6
 Blair Walsh      Georgia          SO    5     8
 Jake Rogers      Cincinnati       JR    4     6
 Grant Mahoney    Iowa State       SO    3     6
 Carson Wiggs     Purdue           SO    3     7
 Philip Welch     Wisconsin        SO    3     6
 Richard Jackson  Clemson          JR    3     3
 Matt Bosher      Miami (Florida)  JR    3     4

Forbath is 3 of 5 from 50 or more yards this season, having made each of his first six career attempts. Amazingly, Forbath’s two missed kicks from 50 or more yards are the only field goals he’s missed this season. He is 16 of 16 from 49 yards or less.   He also leads the nation in field goals made per game.

It’s notable that the above table contains four sophomores and only two seniors.  Eight of the ten kickers in the table are on the Lou Groza Award watch list — only Mahoney and Jackson missed the list.

Flags Are Flyin’ in the Sun Belt, Big 12

October 20th, 2009

Saturday’s Red River Rivalry game featured a total of 21 penalties between the two teams, Oklahoma and Texas.  It was the 4th game out of 14 Big 12 conference games this season that had 20 or more total penalties, topped by 28 total penalties between Colorado and Texas on October 10.

I thought that the Big 12 would lead the nation in total penalties per conference game this season, but I was wrong.  That title goes to the Sun Belt, which not only leads all FBS conferences this season but currently has the highest number of total penalties per conference game of any conference in the last 5+ seasons.

 Conference      Season    G   Pen.   Pen./G
 Sun Belt         2009    11   186    16.91
 Big 12           2009    14   229    16.36
 Sun Belt         2004    30   475    15.83
 Sun Belt         2005    28   440    15.71
 Big 12           2005    49   749    15.29
 Big East         2007    28   424    15.14
 Sun Belt         2008    28   401    14.32
 Conference USA   2009    17   243    14.29
 Sun Belt         2007    28   395    14.11
 Atlantic Coast   2005    49   690    14.08

The Sun Belt is almost the perennial leader in this category, and is on pace to easily beat its previous high mark from 2004.  The Big 12 is over a half-penalty per conference game behind the Sun Belt this season, but is also on pace to beat the Sun Belt’s 2004 mark.

ESPN College GameDay must be a fan of

October 18th, 2009

Last Monday, I wrote about Boston College QB Dave Shinskie’s miserable passing efficiency rating against Virginia Tech on October 10th. During Saturday morning’s ESPN College Gameday show, host Chris Fowler mentioned Shinskie and basically gave a summary of my blog entry — that Shinkie’s efficiency rating for the game was the worst in the last 5+ seasons for quarterback with at least 10 pass attempts. However, Fowler did not mention the source of his information.

I assume that College GameDay researchers come up with most of the stats that are presented on the show, not necessarily Fowler himself. While it’s possible that the researchers noticed Shinskie’s performance on their own, it’s very unlikely that they (or anyone else) independently used the same criteria to qualify Shinskie’s performance that I used (minimum 10 passes; last 5+ seasons).

I’m happy that College GameDay finds information on to be useful, and even though the information is freely available, I expect as a courtesy for to be properly cited. While I’m not aware of every instance that data from is used, I know that other media companies, newspapers, and bloggers have been kind enough to cite when they’ve used data.

Devine Running

October 5th, 2009

Noel Devine’s 77-yard touchdown run against Colorado last Thursday moved him into first place among active players in the number of career rushing attempts of 70 or more yards:

 Player           Yr   Team              Att    70+   Att/70+
 Noel Devine      JR   West Virginia     352     5      70.4
 Jahvid Best      JR   California        305     4      76.3
 Jonathan Dwyer   JR   Georgia Tech      347     3     115.7
 Chris Rainey     SO   Florida           116     3      38.7
 Lonyae Miller    SR   Fresno State      328     3     109.3
 C.J. Spiller     SR   Clemson           475     3     158.3
 Carlos Brown     SR   Michigan          164     2      82.0
 DeMarco Murray   JR   Oklahoma          361     2     180.5
 James Starks     SR   Buffalo           698     2     349.0
 Bryce Beall      SO   Houston           259     2     129.5
 Jeremy Avery     JR   Boise State       286     2     143.0
 Phillip Livas    JR   Louisiana Tech     48     2      24.0

Among players with more than one 70+ yard run, Devine has the third-best ratio, averaging a 70+ yard rush every 70.4 attempts.  Louisiana Tech WR Phillip Rivas has the top ratio, with a 70+ yard run every 24.0 attempts, followed by Florida RB Chris Rainey with a 70+ yard run every 38.7 attempts.  However, Rivas and Rainey do not have nearly as many rushing attempts as Devine.

Besides their ability to break long runs, Devine, Rivas, and Rainey have another thing in common — their size.  Devine is 5’8″ and weighs 176 pounds, Rivas is 5’8″ and weighs 175 pounds, and Rainey is 5’9″ and weighs 175 pounds.