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Study Hall: Pittsburgh 17, Syracuse 16

Advanced stats from Pittsburgh's 17-16 win over Syracuse on Saturday.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here. Or just skip to the words. I won't be offended. (Okay, I'll only be a little offended.)

I ... am actually a little confused about how Pitt won this game. Not going to lie. Syracuse won the yardage battle and the turnover battle, and their average starting field position (not listed below) was better. But while Pitt scored on all three of its trips inside Syracuse's 40 (two touchdowns and a field goal), Syracuse made five trips, missed a field goal, turned the ball over on downs, and had a PAT blocked.

Well, I guess that's how Pitt won, huh?

Pittsburgh 17, Syracuse 16

Pitt Syracuse Pitt Syracuse
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 38.2% 26.9% Success Rate 50.0% 42.1%
Leverage % 64.7% 56.7% PPP 0.34 0.32
S&P 0.837 0.741
TOTAL
EqPts 21.8 26.4 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 41.2% 32.8% Success Rate 25.0% 20.7%
Close PPP 0.32 0.39 PPP 0.29 0.49
Close S&P 0.733 0.722 S&P 0.541 0.698
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 4.6 12.8 Number 2 0
Close Success Rate 37.5% 31.6% Turnover Pts 7.2 0.0
Close PPP 0.19 0.34 Turnover Pts Margin -7.2 +7.2
Close S&P 0.566 0.653
Line Yards/carry 1.33 2.11 Q1 S&P 0.956 1.322
Q2 S&P 0.658 0.554
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.875 0.890
EqPts 17.2 13.6 Q4 S&P 0.195 0.507
Close Success Rate 43.2% 34.5%
Close PPP 0.39 0.47 1st Down S&P 0.711 0.525
Close S&P 0.823 0.813 2nd Down S&P 0.618 0.880
SD/PD Sack Rate 8.7% / 4.8% 0.0% / 5.9% 3rd Down S&P 0.912 0.872
Projected Pt. Margin: Syracuse +11.7 | Actual Pt. Margin: Pittsburgh +1