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Just the Stats: Penn State vs Indiana

It's Homecoming, and it's Puntweek! These two glorious events collide and I could not be more excited slash ready to throw up in my life.

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Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-1; 1-0 Big Ten) vs Indiana Hoosiers (4-1; 0-1 Big Ten)

12 p.m. ET, October 10, 2015--ESPN2
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 107,282
/ University Park, PA)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Indiana Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 158.0 (T-88) 165.2 (71) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 171.2 (102) 337.4 (126) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 120.16 (88) 146.15 (108) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 329.2 (116) 502.6 (118) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 24.4 (95) 32.4 (97) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 124.6 (32) 224.4 (20) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 159.4 (18) 373.8 (31) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 114.3 (47) 153.56 (32) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 284.0 (15) 498.2 (19) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 15.8 (18) 36.0 (T-34) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Net Punting Yds 35.3 (97)
17.43 (19) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 9.76 (52) 33.25 (114) Net Punting Yds new PSU logonew PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 26.64 (19) 19.89 (45) Kickoff Return Defense new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Defense 26.67 (116) 18.1 (105) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +1.6 (T-8) +1.8(T-5) Turnover Margin Push
Penalty Yds/Game 48.8 (37) 74.4 (105) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logonew PSU logo
Sacks 4.2/gm (3) .6/gm (T-8) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 3.0/gm (T-108)
2.2/gm (T-45)
Redzone Offense (%) 88.9% (33)
75.0% (T-26)
Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 90.0% (T-103)
87.0% (44) Redzone Offense (%)
Redzone TD % 38.89% 50.0%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 70.0% 56.52%
Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 30.0% (120)
37.2% (67)
3rd Down Defense %
3rd Down Defense % 36.5% (62)
41.5% (51) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 28.6% (112) 54.5% (84) 4th Down Defense %
4th Down Defense % 28.6% (T-22)
44.4% (T-76) 4th Down Conv. % new PSU logonew PSU logo
1st Downs 72 (116) 116 (T-113) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 80 (T-33) 129 (10) 1st Downs Push
Time of Possession 28:47 (84)
32:26 (24) Time of Possession


Difference >25 in National Rank = new PSU logo

Difference >50 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logo

Difference >75 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo

Difference >100 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo

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: If I thought there were a lot of pushes last week...luckily it seems as though Penn State is on the better end of most of them.

And, once again, if only our offense could muster the close to the average yardage the opposing defense is giving up, we'd win this game walking away. Unfortunately, that's been the case for weeks on end now and it hasn't happened once yet.

The Penn State defense has turned on its head week to week--the passing D's numbers have inflated over last week and run D have gone down, but of course that's what happens when you play a team that runs the triple option and whose quarterback statistically attempts only one pass on the day, and completes it (though he dropped back more than that, and was sacked--luckily keeping PSU from dropping past #3 nationally on team sacks).

On paper, this looks to be a close, good, game. And the special teams, despite our mishaps the last few weeks, seem to be in our favor. So it should be ugly.

What do you guys think?