Just the Stats: Penn State vs Temple

Penn St. Nittany Lions (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Temple Owls (1-1, Big East)

3:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 22, 2012 - ESPN
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 107,252
) / University Park, PA

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Temple
Rushing Offense (ypg) 107.67 (102)
178.0 (81) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 233.33 (66)
171.5 (22) Passing Defense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency 128.79 (73)
123.15 (58) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 341.0 (99)
349.5 (45) Total Defense (ypg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Scoring Offense (ppg) 21.33 (98)
23.0 (58)
Scoring Defense (ppg) Psulogo_medium
Rushing Defense (ypg) 154.0 (64)
176.5 (56)
Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 241.0 (74)
119.5 (118)
Passing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 136.93 (88)
137.87 (54)
Pass Efficiency Psulogo_medium
Total Defense (ypg) 395.0 (68)
296.0 (111)
Total Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Scoring Defense (ppg) 16.0 (28)
34.0 (44)
Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Net Punting Yds 35.09 (86)
16.8 (21)
Punt Return Yds Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Punt Return Yds 2.0 (104)
40.0 (25)
Net Punting Yds Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 18.57 (84)
15.25 (12)
Kickoff Return Defense Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 18.38 (37)
20.56 (63)
Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +1.67/gm (11)
+1.50/gm (15)
Turnover Margin Push
Penalty Yds/Game 31.67 (11)
43.0 (44)
Penalty Yds/Game Psulogo_medium
Sacks 2.33/gm (42)
1.50/gm (T-48)
Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 1.0/gm (23)
4.0/gm (T-6)
Sacks Push
Redzone Offense (%) 60% (110)
83% (75)
Redzone Defense (%) Psulogo_medium
Redzone Defense (%) 75% (41)
86% (46)
Redzone Offense (%) Psulogo_medium
Redzone TD % 50%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 63% 43%
Redzone TD % Psulogo_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 44.68 (46)
40.0 (72)
3rd Down Defense % Psulogo_medium
3rd Down Defense % 50.98 (111)
35.71 (87)
3rd Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs Per Game 18.67 (86)
18.50 (47)
1st Downs Allowed PG Psulogo_medium
1st Downs Allowed PG 20.33 (66)
12.0 (120) 1st Downs Per Game Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference <25 in National Rank = Push

Difference >25 in National Rank = Psulogo_medium

Difference >50 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference >75 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference >100 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Note: The Redzone TD% and Redzone TD% Defense are calculated by me and not ranked by the NCAA. Determining who has the advantage in these categories is strictly my arbitrary judgment.

Quick thoughts: Don't believe for one second that because Temple matches up well here, the Owls are ready to shock the world for the first time since 1941. Temple has played Maryland and FCS Villanova. Against the Terps, Temple had nine first downs, 230 total yards, and three turnovers. Maryland helped them out with four fumbles of its own. So this year's Temple team isn't what we've come to expect in recent seasons, when the Owls were actually pretty good.

On the other hand, Penn State's stats are also misleading. After a game that turned on a few fluke plays, Penn State actually dominated Virginia on the stat sheet. Of course, stats don't matter unless they're turned into points. Penn State didn't do that at UVA, and lost a one-point game. Last week, the Lions seemed to put it all together, at least as far as three games would allow.

Until the season moves along even further, I wouldn't put too much stock into stats. It takes at least four or five games before the straight stats really start to show you something about a team.

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