Comparing Georgia Tech stats 2011 to 2010

Greetings-

Nothing earth-shattering that bears further comment from Monday’s practice. I thought, at the midpoint of the season, it’d be worthwhile to compare numbers with last year’s team. I think I’ll try to go on a per-play averages as much as possible. They say a lot more, I think, than per-game averages.

The numbers aren’t entirely apple to apple. The 2010 numbers are for the whole season, so they’re weighted with the full ACC schedule, while half of this year’s data comes from the non-conference games. First column is this year, second column is 2010. Sorry the columns aren’t clean. Do you expect blog software that filters out benign posts is going to have tabs?

Offense

Pts. per game               46.5     26.0

Yards per rush              6.5       5.6

Rush per TD                 12.3     24.3

Yards per pass att.       14.5     6.5

Pass per TD                 8.0       18.7

Pass per INT                40.0     24.0

Pass per sack               26.7     10.5

Compl. percentage       51.3     38.1

Yards per play              8.0       5.7

TD per play*                10.9     21.9

Play per 20-yd. play     9.2       14.9

Plays per fumble**        27.5     24.9

Plays per turnover       59.0     34.1

3rd down eff.                 62.2     40.4

Time of poss.                32:20   31:53

Pts. per red zone***      5.5       4.6

Pts. per possession       3.7       2.1

Obviously, a lot of considerable gains, most notably with the various stats detailing the offense’s capacity to score in basically the same amount of time. As I wrote a couple weeks ago, the efficiency of the passing game is the biggest change, third-down conversion rate and turnover rate.

As you would have guessed, the completion percentage has fallen considerably in the last two games. It was in the 60’s a couple weeks ago.

Defense

Pts. per game               24.2     25.2

Yards per rush              4.5       4.5

Rush per TD                 19.7     19.6

Yards per pass att.       5.9       7.2

Pass per TD                 26.3     26.1

Pass per INT                26.2     45.6

Pass per sack               12.2     21.4

Compl. percentage       58.2     60.5

Yards per play              5.1       5.7

TD per play*                20.1     20.3

Play per 20-yd. play     23.6     17.1

Plays per Fumble**        40.1     30.5

Plays per turnover   36.4     40.7

3rd down eff.                 42.2     39.0

Time of poss.                27:40   28:07

Pts. per red zone***    5.6       5.5

Pts. per possession       1.9       2.1

I think this screams “slight progress.” (Perhaps in the style of Steve Carrell in “Anchorman.”) Almost every number is better, but nearly every one is moderate. Obviously, the fact that the points are nearly identical is ultimately what matters. The notable improvements to me are yards per pass play, passes per interception and passes per sack.

As the completion rate is nearly the same, lower yards per pass speaks to tackling the ball, limiting yards after catch and long pass plays, which confirms what I think I’ve seen. The interception rate is interesting in that the completion rate is almost the same, because it seems like the interceptions have often occurred with quarterback hurries. So you’d think that if the interception rate were improved due in part to more pressure on the quarterback – as the highly improved passes per sack would indicate – the completion rate would also be notably lower.

Perhaps the secondary is doing a better job of taking advantage of opportunities.

Third-down efficiency is getting better, but needs to keep improving.

* Includes the defensive touchdown. You’re going to have to live with it.

** Includes special teams or defensive fumbles.

*** Counts touchdowns as seven points.

Links

The “Defending the triple option” story, from the Charlottesville Daily Progress, the Washington Post, the Roanoke Times and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. (I’d never thought about this, but Virginia and Virginia Tech might have the most newspapers covering them on a regular basis of any team in the ACC. Maybe Miami, if there’s other papers besides the three big ones in South Florida.)

They note that the Virginia scout-team offense has been practicing without a football to train the defense to play assignment football, which is not uncommon. A pretty good note about Virginia’s scout-team quarterback in the Times story. It’s Virginia’s holder, who joined the team after working in the equipment room. Jacob Hodges ran a triple-option offense in high school.

A quarterback derby is heating up, but Michael Rocco will remain Virginia’s starter, again from the Daily Progress.

Two stories from Sting Daily, one on Tech’s third-down success by Jon Cooper and a breakdown of the defense from Saturday by Matt Winkeljohn.

Thanks for reading. I’ll post something after Paul Johnson’s news conference, noonish.

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By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

187 comments Add your comment

Chik-fil-A

October 11th, 2011
7:36 am

Maryland Jacket

October 11th, 2011
7:38 am

Somewhere between second and fifth?

Anyway, cool comparisons, Ken

Maryland Jacket

October 11th, 2011
7:39 am

And out of curiousity, what software do y’all use for blogging?

all I remember is

October 11th, 2011
7:39 am

the best stat is 6-0.

Chik-fil-A

October 11th, 2011
7:44 am

@Maryland Jacket

Looks like wordpress.

ramblingbuzz

October 11th, 2011
7:44 am

Hope this is the week where offense and defense put a complete game together.

duece coupe

October 11th, 2011
7:53 am

Thanks for the stats update Ken.

Georgia Tech was 4-2 after six games last season.

The New ACC

October 11th, 2011
7:58 am

Great update. Hope all injured players heal fast! We have the 3-way stretch of Miami, Clemson, and VA Tech coming up….

Jud

October 11th, 2011
7:59 am

Just do one for the 3 acc games so far that way you eliminate the first 3 pansies.

Stats don't lie

October 11th, 2011
8:05 am

the completion percentage has fallen considerably
a lot of that has to do with receivers dropping balls.
Looks to me like the offense will come close to 2010 levels once we play the next 6 games but still be slightly better. The defense though. Ouch. The D will be worse than last year cause clem ga miami will score more than 25. I see no improvement in the defense which is scary since we haven’t played anyone aside from unc who is really decent.

Burns

October 11th, 2011
8:08 am

Why not compose the stats through 6 games of last year, and then compare to those?

Yazoo

October 11th, 2011
8:15 am

As always, great work Ken. Yeah this year’s numbers are diluted a bit. Seemed like we blitzed more against Maryland and had good success with it. I’d like to see us be more proactive instead of reactive. Still need to work on the run defense. Need more pressure from our DL. They’ll set the tempo against these better opponents coming up down the road.

GT 2011

October 11th, 2011
8:31 am

The offense needs to wake up. They have been a sleep the last two games. This Virginia games worries me but i think it will be a close game and Al Groh will have something up his sleeve for the Cavilers, hopefully. The defense has made considerable strides but Tech is lacking a push from the defensive line that the 34 scheme needs. The defensive line is simply not clogging and disrupting the other teams offensive line which has hurt Tech in the pass rush. Tech’s linebackers have been playing their butt’s off all year and is the best looking part of the defense.

Georgia’s defense is looking good but like Tech they haven’t really played a quality opponent except for Boise State. I think Tech’s defense will make bigger strides in the next year or two simply because it will take little longer to get the talent for this defense of scheme Al Groh is running.

Go Jackets and Beat The Wine Drinking Virginians!!

Techmaninathens

October 11th, 2011
8:36 am

Whatever happened to Marcus Wright? He was an active player in 2009 and hasn’t even taken a snap in 2011. I thought he would be a player with his speed.

Vermont Yellow Jacket

October 11th, 2011
8:37 am

Great comparisons. Also, Ken, it’s nice to see that you usually end these post with a comment like “thanks for reading” or something similar. Very polite.

Great job as always.

gtfanfrom1951

October 11th, 2011
8:38 am

We are living on borrow time! For tech to win the team needs to get their head in game and stop reading the newspaper!

Chik-fil-A

October 11th, 2011
8:39 am

@GT 2011

Good point on the 3-4 defensive scheme. Nose Guard is critical. He needs to pull double coverage for the scheme to function as designed. Lack of push on DL was the downfall of Georgia’s defense last year. They seem to have shored that up somewhat this season.

RambleOn84

October 11th, 2011
8:42 am

Numbers don’t tell the whole story.

The defense IS better than last year. First of all, the turnovers and sacks are up.

Secondly, a lot of the yardage and scores have been made on backups in garbage time. A “problem” with scoring too many points early.

Thirdly, while the starters have given up yards and points, they have also stepped up and made stops when necessary. That did not happen last year.

Our defense actually won us the Maryland game. You cannot say the same for any game in 2010 (or 2009, for that matter).

Ken Sugiura

October 11th, 2011
8:50 am

Congrats, Chik-fil-A
Maryland Jacket, we do use Wordpress.
Burns – Doing the stats for the first six games from last year would have taken more work than I was willing to do.
Techmaninathens – After he got hurt, he’s fallen on the depth chart. I’ll try to ask Johnson today.
Rambleon84 – i think you’re right. i didn’t see the team last year, but i’d guess the “crucial stops” number is up.

FG NG

October 11th, 2011
9:04 am

If wilson was the qb at nc state like last year, we lose that game.

GT Dude

October 11th, 2011
9:04 am

i am more worried about the Wahoos than any other team we have faced thus far..
UVA has been preparing for this game in spring practice, preseason camp, and for the last two weeks. It appears that coach London is looking for this game to be a signature win

I hope our young men keep the focus and realize that this will be no cake walk

FG NG

October 11th, 2011
9:06 am

I disagree ramble. Our last 6 games are against the 4 of the hardest teams we play all year yet the stats show they are about = to last year on defense. The defense by years end will have shown to be worse than last year.

gtkenz

October 11th, 2011
9:06 am

Much better defensive play this year. Secondary is stingy and the pass rush is much improved. They are still inconsistent against the run, but I suspect the undersized Logan Walls at NG contributes. He’s a tough player and gives 100%, but he constantly fights double teams. If TJ Barnes played with the same toughness and determination at his size, the run defense would be much better.

Offensively, Tech is clearly better this year. Every phase, especially pass blocking is improved. There are still big improvement opportunities, but at least Tevin has had time to throw. Nesbitt generally ran for his life. 6/19 won’t cut it the next several weeks. We must complete in the 60% range to be effective without the same explosion we’ve enjoyed at B-Back the last few years.

Overall, better team and much better effort. They must stay focused on UVA. One game at a time. Go Jackets!!

GT Dude

October 11th, 2011
9:06 am

Ken,
later in the week when you review UVA, please include a little more information on what they have done so far this year against any common opponents.

Ed

October 11th, 2011
9:10 am

Sounds like uva will be ready. The qeustion is will we be. CPJ didn’t do a good job preparing them for last week. They will lose if they play like they did last week.

Full Metal

October 11th, 2011
9:15 am

Ken, great info and article! Passing stats say a lot about need for pass game to really make CPJ’s system work effectively. Defense stats are a little scary considering we really haven’t gotten to the meat of the schedule this year. Thanks for all the research. Go Jackets!

Full Metal

October 11th, 2011
9:16 am

Filter ate my post AGAIN?

Honest and Frank Discussion

October 11th, 2011
9:23 am

D stats are misleading.

BC of the blowouts we’ve had second stringers in for a lot of the games. There’ve been a lot of garbage points and garbage yards. Our D also didn’t play so hot against Kansas/WCU/etc. I’d rather see a comparison wrt how our D did against UNC and NCSt. this year versus last year.

Luke

October 11th, 2011
9:23 am

FGNG,

I’m going to agree with Ramble here. I watched every game of last year, the year before, and this year. Our defense IS much better, all things considered. Sure the states may seem relatively the same, but we are actually getting some sort of pressure to the QB, which is more then I can say over the past couple years. Another big thing I’ve seen is the contain on the receivers. The completion rate may be the same because they are throwing shorter passes (which is why the yypass attempt is down and completion rate is the same). Our secondary has been great for us all year (minus some blown coverages here and there) and have started hitting people, which is great to see.

Hopefully we’ll see some more of it this weekend. Bring it on Hooville.

DawginLex

October 11th, 2011
9:24 am

Did virginia really go to OT with Idaho?

This could get uuuugly and quick.

I bet your coach ain’t too happy after last week.

Gonna be interesting down the stretch as your schedule now appears to be loaded since we have a pulse, VT QB lightbulb came on and clemson and Miami can really run the ball.

Whole lot easier to fix things at 6-0 than at 4-2………… :)

It is almost basketball season in KY. Preseason #2. Game with UNC in November projected to get $1500 for a scalped ticket. There won’t be 40,000 at the next KY football game versus Jacksonville State. Ealey plays for them now. He scored 5 TD’s up here last year. They could beat Kentucky.

Ugly football

RambleOn84

October 11th, 2011
9:27 am

FG NG,
I don’t deal in conjectures…I’m comparing what I’ve seen so far this year to what I had seen at this point last year.

And again…in the harder games, the 1st team will be playing more. The backups have given up a LOT of those points.

RambleOn84

October 11th, 2011
9:29 am

DawginLex,
Yeah, UVA looks bad, but don’t be surprised if they give us a good game. We always seem to struggle with those guys, especially in Charlottesville.

Ramblin Man

October 11th, 2011
9:29 am

This game has me worried. The team has not played weel the last two weeks and though the record ay not show it UVA is playing hard football. If Tevin and the receivers cannot get it together put this game in the L bracket.

GT FAN IN PA

October 11th, 2011
9:34 am

I think CPJ may open up the Pass a little more if UVA gameplan is to gamble like Maryland did- CPJ did mention TW kept the ball too much so the pitch had to be there. UVA only scares me because the game is at UVA- Tech as all know does not play too well there-we did win last time however-Still waiting on the Option B-Back pass with Simms- could see this game maybe- in the words of the late Al Davis- “JUST WIN BABY”

Ramblin Man

October 11th, 2011
9:34 am

DawginLex,
I agree with you that VT seemed to find an offense last week, but the U has not shown good defense so it’s hard to judge.
I felt the same way watching UGA play last week. There is no doubt UGA is playing well on defense, but it looked like Tenn. wanted to help them by dropping passes and miscues. Speaking of miscues, how many stadium stairs do you tink the offensive line ran after all those offsides penalties in a row?

Md game

October 11th, 2011
9:35 am

Didn’t anyone notice that MD receivers dropped catchable wide open passes in the first half? That won’t happen against miami vt clem and ga. Those plays ended drives that would have been kept alive. The defense was lucky maryland’s receiver, some who just returned, were sloppy. And don’t think bc uva barely beat idaho, that they will be a pushover. The same thinking was done about MD and temple. If we dont cover better and if the offense is stagnant again, we will lose this game.

juvenal

October 11th, 2011
9:35 am

we’ve won 1 game there since 1990-groh gloated about it time i talked to him about it, i didn’t bother mentioning it didn’t save his job……..

BigTimeTechFan

October 11th, 2011
9:36 am

Last year NC State vs this year NC State
Last year Kansas vs this year Kansas
Last year UNC vs this year UNC

No doubt this year’s team is better, forget the stats, stats will very base on type of game played, if you behind in a game you may run plays to score quickly, if your way ahead you may run plays to evaluate players and stuff. If your way ahead teams may pass more and stuff.

What I like is that they are playing better but they are a younger team in what you would think would be rebuilding year, I thought Tech would drop off a bit, but with home schedule we would have a little better record, also knew Kansas game last year was a fluke type game where Tech played real bad.

M

October 11th, 2011
9:39 am

Come on fans!
The players want this game as bad as we all do!
They will be prepared.
People sure do bad mouth the triple option, and then teams act like they are so afraid of it when it comes time to play.

#THWG

October 11th, 2011
9:46 am

You know what the difference is in all the UGA fans and most of t he TECH fans is? All the UGA fans believe at the beginning of the year that their team can win it ALL. Even when they start off 0-2 the UGA fans are excited about what is to come and talking about winning the SEC east. For most of the Tech fans, they go in to every season with some kind of reason why we are going to screw up. We’re 6-0…and there are people that call themselves “Tech Fans” saying we shouldn’t be 6-0 and that we’re gonna lose soon. GET BEHIND THE TEAM YOU CLAIM TO BE A FAN OF!!!! Tevin Washington has had a great season with one game (Maryland game) where he had ONE bad game. He missed reads….he’s not perfect, and now that he had ONE mediocre game (not even “bad” in my opinion) most of the “Tech Fans” are screaming for Vad Lee and wanting to crucify Washington. I don’t like UGA, but I have to say there is one thing they have that Georgia Tech does not. They have fans that believe in their team, even when they start of 0-2, opposed to some of the people that call themselves Tech fans and almost look forward more to saying “I told ya so” than they do if we were to win the National Championship. To all those “fans” take off the white & gold and choose another color!! GO JACKETS! THWG

RambleOn84

October 11th, 2011
9:52 am

Where exactly are all of these Tech fans screaming for Vad Lee?

Sure, there are some Negative Nancys in our midst, but every fanbase has their share.

I think, on the whole, our fanbase is much more rational than that of UGA.

So when I say that we might struggle with UVA, it’s not because I’m being negative or hoping for us to lose…it’s because based on what’s happened in reality, it’s a possibility.

I’m not gonna sit here and talk about how we’re going to win every game, because I’m not an idiot.

I HOPE we win every game and I think we CAN if we do the right things, but these are just kids and our team is particularly young. Why put so much pressure on them by running our mouths as fans?

We should be happy with all the strides they make and continue to support them and pull for them to win every game.

But acting like a blind moron does not equate to being a good fan.

DawginLex

October 11th, 2011
9:52 am

I don’t know man. We have plenty of whiners

GT FAN IN PA

October 11th, 2011
9:55 am

At this point how can you not enjoy the ride- Tech is a fairly young team I agree with TW having an off game- still ran for how many yards? And that is bad? I support this team win or lose yes most of the time we as Tech fans settle for our 7 or 8 wins-get a bowl and say we had an ok season- Look we could lose the next 4 games- right now though- this very moment we are 6-0 and number 12 in the country- nobody is giving any respect to the Jackets- just keep working guys- trust your coach- and to all the Fans and So call Fans….ENJOY THE RIDE!!!

Supersize that order mutt

October 11th, 2011
9:57 am

Apples and oranges Ken. We have put up good numbers playing inferior teams but your efforts are appreciated.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 11th, 2011
10:08 am

@ 9:57 IMPOSTER, find a name of your own, jerk

5150 UOAD

October 11th, 2011
10:10 am

VAD LEE will not see the field this year barring some injury.
I don’t want VAD LEE to waste a Red Shirt year.
Who is calling for VAD LEE.

It has been a fun ride so far. The D has to get & stay healthy. I don’t fear the UVa team. I think we only need to back our team and players. If the guys Execute properly on most Offensive plays the Jackets will be successful and win the game. The D is good enough to make the stops.

T3

October 11th, 2011
10:13 am

With positive credit to Ken…

The coverage of VT and UVA by those newspapers….makes the coverage of GT
by the Atlanta-based AJC look downright…..

…..UNETHICALLY & UNPREFESSIONALLY…..

…..D-I-S-G-R-A-C-E-F-U-L.

yawn

October 11th, 2011
10:14 am

Get back to us with the stats when GT plays a real team, or at least a real defense.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 11th, 2011
10:14 am

5150, there have been several VERY NAIVE posters who have called for Vad. I’m with you though; I hope Vad doesn’t sniff the field this year, because if he does that means that something bad has happened. I don’t want to see him burn that red shirt now.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 11th, 2011
10:15 am

yawn, will you get back to us when Boise State plays a real team, or at least a real defense?