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Just the Stats: Penn State at Rutgers

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It feels much better to be doing this after a win, doesn’t it?

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (1-5 Big Ten East) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-4 Big Ten East)

12:00 p.m. ET, December 5, 2020--FS1

SCI Stadium (Capacity: 52,454*** / Piscataway, NJ)

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Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Rutgers Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 158.2 (69) 170.3 (69) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 259.7 (42) 260.2 (93) Passing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency 123.76 (88) 157.69 (116) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 417.8 (48) 430.5 (85) Total Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 25.0 (89) 35.7 (108) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 144.5 (48) 135.8 (92) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 203.3 (31) 233.5 (61) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 137.1 (62) 129.28 (75) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 347.8 (29) 369.3 (87) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 32.8 (92) 30.8 (52) Scoring Offense (ppg) 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 4.57 (72) 13.4 (14) Punt Return Yds 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Punt Return Yds 16.0 (7) 4.43 (35) Punt Return Defense (ypr) new PSU logo
Net Punting Yds 38.45 (68) 41.48 (19) Net Punting Yds 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 15.33 (119) 21.62 (76) Kickoff Return Defense 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 25.0 (115) 25.33 (16) Kickoff Return Yds 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Turnover Margin -1.33 (T - 121) +.17 (T - 58) Turnover Margin 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Passes Had Intercepted 8 (T - 96) 3 (T - 80) Passes Intercepted Push
Passes Intercepted 2 (T - 97) 8 (T - 96) Passes Had Intercepted Push
Penalty Yds/Game 41.83 (25) 71.0 (110) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks 2.0 (67) 1.83 (44) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 3.5 (113) 1.5 (100) Sacks Push
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 6.0 (66) 6.67 (9) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) Push
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 6.83 (85) 6.7 (45) Tackles for Loss (tpg) 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Redzone Offense (%) 68.0% (120) 89.7% (T - 104) Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 90.9% (T - 111) 90.5% (T - 24) Redzone Offense (%) 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Redzone TD % 44.0% 72.41% Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 63.64% 66.67% Redzone TD % 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 46.8% (25) 39.8% (64) 3rd Down Defense % new PSU logo
3rd Down Defense % 44.7% (94) 38.9% (76) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 46.7% (92) 63.6% (T - 90) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 50.0% (T - 37) 50.0% (T - 78) 4th Down Conv. % new PSU logo
1st Downs 151 (58) 145 (70) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 111 (42) 126 (T - 74) 1st Downs new PSU logo
Time of Possession 33:02 (22) 34:31 (7) Time of Possession Push
Strength of Schedule 9 49 Strength of Schedule new PSU logo

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:

All of the above rankings are taken directly from the NCAA except for strength of schedule, which is not ranked by the NCAA and instead taken from team rankings.

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:

I was wrong last week when I said the game wouldn’t be fun (a win over Michigan with no turnovers’ll do that), but this week it’s pretty much lose-lose. Both teams are Not Good, and it’ll be a good test of whether the Nittany Lions can use the victory in the Big House to springboard into a strong finish, or whether the fighting Harbaughs just didn’t have it in them.

Some of the things that stood out for me in these numbers are the overall offense, which looked more efficient last week and saw a modest bump in the numbers, as did the pass efficiency defense (despite not getting a defensive turnover yet again this season). And with still only one kickoff returned all season, the sample size for that low PSU ranking is small - though in most instances I’d rather a return of 25 yards over the multiple kicks that went out of bounds last week.

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, when did Rutgers rename their stadium? High Point Solutions was much funnier, imo.

What say you all?