I'm taking requests for which games receive the Study Hall treatment ... this request came via Twitter.
Northwestern 24, Boston College 17
|Close %||100.0%||STANDARD DOWNS|
|Field Position %||43.6%||39.2%||Success Rate||57.4%||40.5%|
|Close Success Rate||48.7%||35.1%||Success Rate||17.7%||28.1%|
|Close Success Rate||46.2%||33.3%||Turnover Pts||6.7||3.6|
|Close PPP||0.36||0.35||Turnover Pts Margin||-3.0||+3.0|
|Line Yards/carry||1.88||3.17||Q1 S&P||0.800||0.872|
|Close Success Rate||53.9%||36.2%|
|Close PPP||0.25||0.32||1st Down S&P||0.706||0.891|
|Close S&P||0.791||0.683||2nd Down S&P||0.546||0.881|
|SD/PD Sack Rate||10.0% / 3.7%||0.0% / 18.2%||3rd Down S&P||0.835||0.621|
|Projected Pt. Margin: Northwestern +-2.5 | Actual Pt. Margin: Northwestern +7|
- As with LSU-Oregon, this game turned in the third quarter. Northwestern took a 17-10 lead on a five-yard Mike Trumpy touchdown run, but really, the lead should have probably been larger before then. A Luke Kuechly interception return set B.C. up for a two-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter and bought the Eagles some time. Alas, Northwestern eased ahead anyway before holding on for dear life in the fourth quarter.
- Boston College isn't known for explosiveness, but only big plays kept them in this game. Their 35% success rate was dreadful, but some nice gains and Kuechly's interception gave them a fighting chance...
- ...while their third-down execution killed them. They couldn't stay on schedule and in standard downs, and even when they did, they weren't that strong on third down.
- Your Northwestern heroes: Mike Trumpy and Adonis Smith. They combined for 138 yards on 26 carries despite, as we see above, next to no help from the offensive line. That NU was able to stay that efficient on standard downs despite subpar line play is outstanding.
- As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I do enjoy that both Northwestern and B.C. swiftly compensated for the losses of their stars. Quarterback Dan Persa was unavailable for NU, so the Wildcats ran all over B.C.; running back Montel Harris was unavailable for B.C., so the Eagles passed all over Northwestern.