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Study Hall: Fresno State 41, Boise State 40

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And now for a game that was actually fun. A palate cleanser, if you will.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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Fresno State 41, Boise State 40

BSU FSU BSU FSU
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 50.0% 54.8% Success Rate 44.6% 39.6%
Leverage % 65.0% 63.1% PPP 0.45 0.60
S&P 0.897 0.992
TOTAL
EqPts 52.9 50.3 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 45.0% 40.5% Success Rate 45.7% 41.9%
Close PPP 0.53 0.60 PPP 0.67 0.60
Close S&P 0.979 1.003 S&P 1.131 1.022
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 22.0 5.6 Number 2 0
Close Success Rate 42.9% 34.8% Turnover Pts 9.6 0.0
Close PPP 0.45 0.24 Turnover Pts Margin -9.6 +9.6
Close S&P 0.877 0.592
Line Yards/carry 2.98 1.89 Q1 S&P 0.812 0.889
Q2 S&P 0.905 1.235
PASSING Q3 S&P 1.096 1.017
EqPts 30.9 44.6 Q4 S&P 1.186 0.923
Close Success Rate 47.1% 42.6%
Close PPP 0.61 0.73 1st Down S&P 0.963 0.998
Close S&P 1.077 1.158 2nd Down S&P 1.044 0.902
SD/PD Sack Rate 4.2% / 11.1% 2.8% / 0.0% 3rd Down S&P 0.855 0.956
Projected Pt. Margin: Fresno State +7.0 | Actual Pt. Margin: Fresno State +1

I loved the downhill running that Boise State leaned on in the second half, but it wasn't quite enough to dig out of the halftime hole. Big plays -- turnovers and sacks went in FSU's favor -- made the difference.