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Study Hall: Oregon State 51, Utah 48

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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.)

So at least we know what kind of impact Dennis Erickson is having on the Utah offense.

As good as Alabama-Texas A&M was, this was easily my favorite game of Week 3. So much fun. So many momentum changes. So many turns of fortune for Travis Wilson. And yeah, it bears mentioning that Utah has played two FBS opponents this year, and both games were insanely fun. Lots more to come, I'm pretty sure.

Oregon State 51, Utah 48

OSU Utah OSU Utah
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 43.1% 48.6% Success Rate 45.0% 51.1%
Leverage % 55.6% 62.5% PPP 0.84 0.75
S&P 1.294 1.257
TOTAL
EqPts 47.3 51.5 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 37.5% 48.6% Success Rate 28.1% 44.4%
Close PPP 0.66 0.72 PPP 0.42 0.66
Close S&P 1.032 1.202 S&P 0.706 1.109
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 4.5 25.7 Number 0 3
Close Success Rate 29.6% 50.0% Turnover Pts 0.0 13.6
Close PPP 0.17 0.68 Turnover Pts Margin +13.6 -13.6
Close S&P 0.462 1.177
Line Yards/carry 1.84 3.38 Q1 S&P 0.997 0.196
Q2 S&P 1.286 1.408
PASSING Q3 S&P 1.081 1.174
EqPts 42.8 25.8 Q4 S&P 0.741 1.755
Close Success Rate 42.2% 47.1%
Close PPP 0.95 0.76 1st Down S&P 1.049 1.259
Close S&P 1.374 1.229 2nd Down S&P 0.503 1.197
SD/PD Sack Rate 0.0% / 4.0% 5.3% / 0.0% 3rd Down S&P 1.420 1.052
Projected Pt. Margin: Oregon State +9.4 | Actual Pt. Margin: Oregon State +3

Brandin Cooks so far this season: 32 targets, 29 catches, 498 yards, 7 TDs. That's ... I don't even have a comparison for that. That's best-of-the-best-of-the-best stuff right there. Not bad for a 4'6 receiver.

Still, Cooks and the Beavers needed the turnovers. OSU couldn't really do much on passing downs, and after a miserable first quarter, Utah's offense hummed. What a game.