So, our benchmarks are back. I use the benchmarks to examine how our team did against a specific standard, which is the 2011 MAC average for each category, conference games only. I recognize that it is tough when you mix a Florida into all this, but this is what we do. Where it says "adjusted" that means I have moved sack yardage from the rushing statistics to the passing statistics.
So, what do we see here?
For the offense:
You see the artifacts of playing a smart game, one where Coach says that BG just wanted to be in the game in the 4th quarter. You have low rates of negatives plays but also low completion percentages and yardage totals.
You also see that BG actually gained slightly more yards per play running than passing.
BG was able to use some 4th down conversions to get its percentage near a normal number.
BG's yards per points was awful. This is a measure of efficiency. When you move the ball and don't score points, that is a killer. (aka Knife to the Gut.) This is one that obviously would hit BG. The Falcons gained 23 yards for every point they scored, as opposed to the MAC average which is 14.
For the defense:
Florida ran the ball nearly 2/3 of the time, and had an average over 5 yards per carry when you take out the sack.
Florida had a decent passing game against us. They had a good completion percentage and slightly below average yardage numbers. That was buffeted by one big play.
Strong play on 3/4 down really helped the Falcons.
Neither team was very good in the red zone.