October 26, 2013

OSI breaks down the Iowa State game with a few key numbers

Statistical oddities are one of the most fun things about football, and that's coming from someone who can't pass a math class to save his life.

It's interesting, and sometimes head-scratching.

You think a guy is playing great, but then his stats are announced and that isn't the case. It goes the other way as well sometimes, which is why "Numbers never lie" is such a popular saying around sports.

There were a few fun ones in today's game between Oklahoma State and the Iowa State Cyclones. Check them out.

Fifty-eight… Oklahoma State reached the fifty point plateau for the third time this season, and for the first time since conference play started. The offense ran smoothly today, as the Cyclones seemed to be back in pass coverage, so OSU ran the ball down their throats.

One… Oklahoma State scored at least one touchdown in every quarter in Ames. The only time they haven't done that this season is against Mississippi State, Kansas State, and TCU.

Two… There are two big-name Dez's involved with Oklahoma State now. First, there's Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys, and now there's Desmond Roland of the backfield. He started in place of Jeremy Smith today, and rushed for a whopping 219 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Cyclones. The last time an Oklahoma State running back hit the 200-yard mark was in 2010 when Kendall Hunter posted two-hundo against Nebraska on homecoming.

Four hundred and twenty… That's the total yardage for the Cowboys this week, which is just under the 440 yards/game they usually post. A large part of that was the Cowboys simply not having to throw the ball at all today, and rushing yards are a lot tougher to come by than through the air, although those rushing yards were definitely coming.

Forty-one percent… That's Clint Chelf's completion percentage if you don't count his time in reserve duty. He went 3/9 on passing against Mississippi State, 10/25 against TCU, and 11/25 against the Cyclones after starting a scorching 4/5 on the day. I feel like people aren't paying to this enough, but don't break it if it isn't fixed, I guess. Plus, he raised it from the 38% it was last week after facing the Horned Frogs.

Three for Twelve… Third down conversions are a huge part of the game, and Oklahoma State came up with a measly 25% conversion rate today. Luckily, the defense had their back on the scoreboard. Speaking of the defense…

Four for twenty… The Cyclone conversion rate on third down, which is absolutely incredible. Oklahoma State's defense was in lockdown mode all day, swarming the ball, creating turnovers, and housing two of them for 12 total points. I guess that'll do.

Six… That's six wins for the Pokes on the season, which means they'll have a bowl waiting for them somewhere after their Bedlam game in December. It's their eighth-straight year being bowl eligible, a streak that goes all the way back to 2006.

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