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Study Hall: Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30

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I hate that this game ended the way it did, not just because a team got screwed out of a chance to win the game (and Wisconsin was most certainly screwed), but also because the game to that point had been just so damn good. Not Oregon State-Utah good, but very, very good.

Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30

Wisconsin ASU Wisconsin ASU
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 42.9% 48.4% Success Rate 43.5% 53.0%
Leverage % 73.0% 71.0% PPP 0.72 0.46
S&P 1.151 0.993
TOTAL
EqPts 40.2 45.9 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 39.7% 47.3% Success Rate 29.4% 33.3%
Close PPP 0.64 0.49 PPP 0.43 0.57
Close S&P 1.034 0.966 S&P 0.720 0.902
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 21.1 13.3 Number 1 2
Close Success Rate 41.9% 46.3% Turnover Pts 4.2 8.6
Close PPP 0.68 0.33 Turnover Pts Margin +4.4 -4.4
Close S&P 1.100 0.789
Line Yards/carry 2.64 1.89 Q1 S&P 0.433 0.743
Q2 S&P 0.992 1.051
PASSING Q3 S&P 1.606 0.738
EqPts 19.1 32.5 Q4 S&P 1.023 1.340
Close Success Rate 37.5% 48.1%
Close PPP 0.60 0.63 1st Down S&P 1.373 0.889
Close S&P 0.971 1.106 2nd Down S&P 0.406 1.102
SD/PD Sack Rate 3.1% / 0.0% 0.0% / 7.7% 3rd Down S&P 1.055 1.037
Projected Pt. Margin: Arizona State +1.3 | Actual Pt. Margin: Arizona State +2

Despite youth in the secondary, I think pretty highly of this Wisconsin defense; and the Badgers' defense certainly controlled ASU up front. But Taylor Kelly and the ASU passing game were magnificent and came up with just enough big-play bailouts on passing downs to get the lead.

And I have such a man-crush on Melvin Gordon.