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Study Hall: Stanford 38, Arizona State 14

Advanced stats from the 2013 Pac-12 Championship, a 38-14 Stanford win over Arizona State.

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From Tuesday's Numerical:

In Stanford's first four drives, the Cardinal gained 270 yards in 21 plays, scored four touchdowns, and created a scenario almost exactly like the one from the first Stanford-ASU game this year.

On September 21, Stanford went up 39-7 before weathering a late ASU charge. This time around, the charge was less difficult to weather. A suddenly one-dimensional ASU offense couldn't sustain any momentum, and Stanford was able to tee off on quarterback Taylor Kelly, who finished 17-for-25 for just 173 yards with one score and five sacks (yards per pass attempt: 4.6). The Cardinal cruised to a 38-14 win and a second straight conference title.

Start smoking hot and dominate field position. That's a pretty good recipe for success.

Stanford 38, Arizona State 14

ASU Stanford ASU Stanford
Close % 77.7% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 30.9% 51.6% Success Rate 41.7% 39.3%
Leverage % 67.9% 58.3% PPP 0.42 0.41
S&P 0.835 0.806
TOTAL
EqPts 28.8 49.3 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 37.7% 41.7% Success Rate 29.4% 45.0%
Close PPP 0.51 0.76 PPP 0.70 1.25
Close S&P 0.885 1.181 S&P 0.992 1.705
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 15.8 27.3 Number 0 1
Close Success Rate 33.3% 46.4% Turnover Pts 0.0 4.4
Close PPP 0.42 0.86 Turnover Pts Margin +4.4 -4.4
Close S&P 0.757 1.320
Line Yards/carry 2.55 3.26 Q1 S&P 0.905 1.946
Q2 S&P 0.815 0.806
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.899 0.989
EqPts 13.1 22.0 Q4 S&P 0.328 1.188
Close Success Rate 45.0% 35.0%
Close PPP 0.65 0.63 1st Down S&P 0.833 0.677
Close S&P 1.097 0.985 2nd Down S&P 0.856 1.714
SD/PD Sack Rate 16.7% / 0.0% 30.0% / 10.0% 3rd Down S&P 0.608 1.186
Projected Pt. Margin: Stanford +16.1 | Actual Pt. Margin: Stanford +24