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Study Hall: Minnesota 42, Indiana 39

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Indiana's starting field position was 12 yards better than Minnesota's, and the Gophers really couldn't run the ball efficiently at all. That meant that a ton had to go right for the Gophers to have a chance. A ton went right, I guess. Philip Nelson looked like [insert great Minnesota QB here ... Cory Sauter? This guy, I guess?], Minnesota recovered three of four fumbles, and the Gophers had just about a perfect second quarter. Just enough.

Minnesota 42, Indiana 39

Minnesota Indiana Minnesota Indiana
Close % 97.4% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 35.9% 53.3% Success Rate 40.0% 47.6%
Leverage % 64.1% 59.2% PPP 0.60 0.61
S&P 0.996 1.090
TOTAL
EqPts 53.8 47.6 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 42.3% 40.9% Success Rate 46.4% 31.0%
Close PPP 0.69 0.56 PPP 0.86 0.48
Close S&P 1.113 0.967 S&P 1.323 0.789
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 22.9 21.4 Number 1 1
Close Success Rate 33.3% 48.6% Turnover Pts 4.6 6.1
Close PPP 0.45 0.59 Turnover Pts Margin +1.4 -1.4
Close S&P 0.782 1.076
Line Yards/carry 2.57 2.24 Q1 S&P 0.687 0.910
Q2 S&P 1.453 0.428
PASSING Q3 S&P 1.200 1.145
EqPts 30.9 26.2 Q4 S&P 1.046 1.606
Close Success Rate 59.3% 33.3%
Close PPP 1.15 0.53 1st Down S&P 0.952 0.797
Close S&P 1.739 0.861 2nd Down S&P 1.434 1.336
SD/PD Sack Rate 0.0% / 0.0% 0.0% / 5.6% 3rd Down S&P 0.947 1.150
Projected Pt. Margin: Minnesota +7.6 | Actual Pt. Margin: Minnesota +3