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WSU: Numbers crunching August 15, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Wayne State.
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Here are some Wayne State offensive and defensive stats and GLIAC ranks that didn’t make the preview page.

It’s interesting to note WSU’s relative strengths and weaknesses based on these stats. On offense, obviously rushing offense and red zone offense stood out – both ranked third. WSU’s high rank in total offense (fourth) was largely dependent on a strong run game. The Warriors also ranked almost last (11th) in 3rd down conversions.

Conversely, on the other side of the ball WSU was the absolute best in the conference at stopping teams on third down, holding opponents to a 31.7 percent clip on third down. The numbers elsewhere? Not so good. WSU was in the middle of the pack or below in most defensive categories, and this was with a senior-laden defense. WSU ranked poorly in rushing defense (11th) and, consequently, total defense (10th).

Also, I have back posted some stories from the MHSFCA All-Star Game – including profiles on five incoming WSU recruits – and a WSU football notebook that never quite made it to the Internet. For those interested, these items can be found back in late July (23-30), and on our Gameday Central page.

Click through for the numbers …

WSU Offense – 2006
Category – GLIAC Rank – Statistic
Scoring offense: 5th (26.1)
Pass offense: 10th (147.1)
Rushing offense: 3rd (200.9)
Total offense: 4th (348.0)
Pass efficiency: 8th (117.7)
First Downs: 5th (191)
3rd down conversions: 11th (36.7 percent)
4th down conversions: 3rd (11-18)
Red Zone offense: 3rd (34-42: 25 TD, 9 FG)
Sacks against: 5th (19)
Time of possession: 8th (29:12)

WSU Defense – 2006
Category – GLIAC Rank – Statistic
Scoring defense: 7th (23.2)
Pass defense: 8th (179.7)
Turnover margin: 6th (+1)
Rushing defense: 11th (165.6)
Total defense: 10th (345.4)
Pass defense efficiency: 3rd (115.0)
Opponent first downs: 10th (200)
Sacks by: T-3rd (26)
Red zone defense: 11th (30-36)
Opponent 3rd down conversions: 1st (31.7 percent)

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