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Study Hall: Nebraska 23, Penn State 20

Advanced stats from Nebraska's 23-20 overtime win over Penn State on Saturday.

Justin K. Aller

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.)

Behold the power of special teams. Nebraska returns a kickoff for a touchdown, Penn State misses a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and the Huskers turn what should have been about an eight-point loss (according to the box score below) into a three-point win.

Nebraska 23, Penn State 20

Nebraska PSU Nebraska PSU
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 37.7% 28.6% Success Rate 37.5% 51.9%
Leverage % 62.3% 67.5% PPP 0.44 0.49
S&P 0.813 1.011
TOTAL
EqPts 33.3 32.6 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 35.1% 41.6% Success Rate 31.0% 20.0%
Close PPP 0.43 0.42 PPP 0.43 0.28
Close S&P 0.784 0.839 S&P 0.736 0.481
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 17.9 14.2 Number 2 1
Close Success Rate 35.9% 48.8% Turnover Pts 12.4 3.7
Close PPP 0.46 0.33 Turnover Pts Margin -8.7 +8.7
Close S&P 0.819 0.819
Line Yards/carry 2.76 3.30 Q1 S&P 0.694 1.060
Q2 S&P 1.215 0.509
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.477 0.784
EqPts 15.4 18.4 Q4 S&P 0.733 1.126
Close Success Rate 34.2% 32.4%
Close PPP 0.41 0.54 1st Down S&P 0.952 0.840
Close S&P 0.748 0.865 2nd Down S&P 0.742 0.977
SD/PD Sack Rate 11.1% / 0.0% 6.7% / 0.0% 3rd Down S&P 0.511 0.551
Projected Pt. Margin: Penn State +8.0 | Actual Pt. Margin: Nebraska +3