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First down play calling

Posted by cuorange on October 30, 2009

While these numbers are still skewed towards the run on first down, you can see the shift over the last two weeks.  Saturday against Miami the Tigers ran 15 first and 10 plays in Miami territory.  8 were running plays and 7 were passing plays.  The eight running plays totaled 28 yards, but only one went for more than 3 yards.

On the 7 passing plays called Kyle Parker completed 5 of 6 for 28 yards (and was sacked once).  The pass distribution included 3 to RBs, 1 to the TE, and 2 to WRs (one incomplete).  For the second week in a row, the play calling and pass distribution on the opponent’s side of the field was more aggressive and balanced.

Down/Distance Field Position Run% Pass %
1/10 <=Midfield 62.7% 37.3%
1/10 >=Opponents 49 67.9% 32.1%
Total 64.9% 35.1%

Two weeks ago the Tigers were running 77% of the time on first down in the opponent’s territory.  That number is down to 68% after 7 games and I believe this is one of the factors in the Tigers having had their best two offensive games in the last two weeks.

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