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Study Hall: Virginia Tech 29, Marshall 21

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Virginia Tech 29, Marshall 21

Marshall Va. Tech Marshall Va. Tech
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 51.7% 52.9% Success Rate 25.6% 47.2%
Leverage % 49.4% 60.9% PPP 0.31 0.40
S&P 0.565 0.867
TOTAL
EqPts 33.6 34.2 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 28.7% 39.1% Success Rate 31.8% 26.5%
Close PPP 0.39 0.39 PPP 0.46 0.39
Close S&P 0.673 0.784 S&P 0.779 0.656
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 15.5 18.5 Number 3 2
Close Success Rate 23.8% 37.3% Turnover Pts 9.1 5.6
Close PPP 0.37 0.36 Turnover Pts Margin -3.5 +3.5
Close S&P 0.608 0.735
Line Yards/carry 1.65 2.72 Q1 S&P 0.794 0.956
Q2 S&P 1.152 0.651
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.733 0.819
EqPts 18.0 15.8 Q4 S&P 0.457 0.948
Close Success Rate 33.3% 41.7%
Close PPP 0.40 0.44 1st Down S&P 0.467 0.808
Close S&P 0.734 0.855 2nd Down S&P 0.740 0.892
SD/PD Sack Rate 6.7% / 10.0% 8.3% / 4.2% 3rd Down S&P 0.978 0.392
Projected Pt. Margin: Virginia Tech +4.2 | Actual Pt. Margin: Virginia Tech +8

This was probably the biggest "Here, you take the win ... no, you take the win..." game of the week. Marshall had quite a few opportunities to stick in the dagger but turned the ball over three times in Tech territory ... and Tech missed three field goals. Sacks ... turnovers ... special teams errors ... passing downs disasters ... this game had it all, I guess. And almost none of it was any fun to watch.