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BSU-NIU By the Numbers

BSU vs. NIU:
National Stat Rankings & Statistics
Scoring Offense 36th (35.8) 37th (35.6)
Rushing Offense 28th (213.6) 17th (232.0)
Passing Offense 42nd (263.6) 84th (212.0)
Total Offense 33rd (477.2) 44th (444.0)
Scoring Defense 110th (37.8) 51st (22.4)
Rushing Defense 77th (168.2) 101st (199.4)
Passing Defense 118th (317.6) 20th (180.4)
Total Defense 111th (485.8) 61st (379.8)
Sacks 91st (6.0) 22nd (13.0)
Sacks Allowed 12th (3.0) 34th (6.0)
Turnover Margin 66th (+/- 0) 83rd (-2)
3rd Down Conv. % 51st (43.2%) 10th (54.1%)
Opp. 3rd Down Conv. % 118th (52.6%) 75th (40.2%)
Red Zone Conv. % 34th (88.5%) 84th (77.3%)
Opp. Red Zone Conv. % 118th (100%) 19th (68.8%)
Punting 54th (42.05) 104th (38.63)
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 51st (49.8) 32nd (41.8)

9-8 in favor of the Huskies, with one of BSU’s 8 (scoring offense) being a virtual push. The defensive categories going in NIU’s favor is not a surprise, but two things were:

  1. The margin of those defensive categories. From 20th to dead last in passing defense, 51st to 110th in scoring defense, and over 110 yards in total defense does make me a bit nervous.
  2. Our defense has yet to limit an opponent when they hit the redzone. It hasn’t all been touchdowns, though 16 of the 19 trips have been, so suffice to say creating red zone turnovers and/or forcing field goals would be super.

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