Study Hall: Rice 23, Kansas 14

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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Rice 23, Kansas 14

Kansas Rice Kansas Rice
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 18.8% 42.9% Success Rate 37.1% 52.3%
Leverage % 54.7% 57.1% PPP 0.20 0.41
S&P 0.574 0.935
TOTAL
EqPts 22.8 32.2 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 29.7% 39.0% Success Rate 20.7% 21.2%
Close PPP 0.36 0.42 PPP 0.54 0.43
Close S&P 0.653 0.808 S&P 0.749 0.639
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 9.1 18.1 Number 2 2
Close Success Rate 34.4% 51.3% Turnover Pts 9.7 8.5
Close PPP 0.29 0.46 Turnover Pts Margin -1.2 +1.2
Close S&P 0.630 0.976
Line Yards/carry 1.99 3.54 Q1 S&P 0.372 0.728
Q2 S&P 1.347 0.926
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.740 0.636
EqPts 13.7 14.1 Q4 S&P 0.344 0.838
Close Success Rate 25.0% 26.3%
Close PPP 0.43 0.37 1st Down S&P 0.495 0.791
Close S&P 0.677 0.635 2nd Down S&P 0.814 0.893
SD/PD Sack Rate 8.3% / 10.0% 7.1% / 8.3% 3rd Down S&P 0.676 0.754
Projected Pt. Margin: Rice +10.6 | Actual Pt. Margin: Rice +9

When Charlie Weis doubled down on JUCOs in the 2013 recruiting class, the goal was immediate, definable improvement. There might be some hints of encouragement on the defensive side of the ball -- Rice's 0.976 rushing S&P is too high, but Rice does have a damn good rushing offense, and the Owls' suspect passing game had minimal success -- but the hope likely ends there. The KU offense still stinks. And while I realize that Tony Pierson didn't have a great game (he had a lovely 77-yard catch-and-run, but his other seven rushes and targets gained just 21 yards) ... he's all you've got in the explosiveness department. (Yes, I know James Sims had a 39-yard run.) He needs to be getting at least 10-15 attempted touches per game.

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