Study Hall: Bowling Green 32, Idaho 15

Per request...box score after the jump.

Bowling Green 32, Idaho 15

BGSU Idaho BGSU Idaho
Close % 55.6% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 38.0% 16.9% Success Rate 49.1% 46.0%
Leverage % 69.6% 56.9% PPP 0.47 0.19
S&P 0.960 0.651
TOTAL
EqPts 30.4 12.9 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 56.8% 38.9% Success Rate 20.8% 21.4%
Close PPP 0.61 0.23 PPP 0.19 0.21
Close S&P 1.180 0.620 S&P 0.400 0.422
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 11.6 3.4 Number 0 3
Close Success Rate 50.0% 45.5% Turnover Pts 0.0 13.2
Close PPP 0.37 0.17 Turnover Pts Margin +13.2 -13.2
Close S&P 0.867 0.625
Line Yards/carry 2.78 3.37 Q1 S&P 1.263 0.813
Q2 S&P 1.332 0.405
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.364 0.330
EqPts 18.8 9.5 Q4 S&P 0.269 0.592
Close Success Rate 66.7% 36.0%
Close PPP 0.96 0.26 1st Down S&P 1.067 0.493
Close S&P 1.631 0.618 2nd Down S&P 0.516 0.736
SD/PD Sack Rate 7.7% / 0.0% 12.5% / 4.2% 3rd Down S&P 0.811 0.294
Projected Pt. Margin: Bowling Green +30.7 | Actual Pt. Margin: Bowling Green +17

Five Thoughts:

  1. The last time BGSU and Idaho squared off was in one of the best games of the 2009 bowl season. This game did not live up to the standard they set -- Bowling Green simply wouldn't let it. They gave up a touchdown drive to start the game, then ripped off 30 consecutive points before halftime, never giving America's Underdog a shot.

  2. What kept this game so close? Missed BGSU opportunities. They still won easily, but they turned the ball over on downs in Idaho territory three times. They generated a ton of opportunities, but only took advantage of some of them.

  3. You are rarely going to see a close-game success rate higher than BGSU's 57%. They did next to nothing on passing downs, but they were rarely in passing downs.

  4. Idaho's offensive line was able to get a good push on the run, but a) running back Ryan Bass really didn't generate anything on his own (he had 12 carries for just 44 yards despite getting a three-yard push each carry) and b) they couldn't keep Chris Jones and the Bowling Green pass rush off of quarter Brian Reader.

  5. There's going into a shell, and there's going into a shell. Bowling Green gained almost 400 yards in the first half ... and less than 100 in the second.

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