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Oregon Football

Inside the Numbers

September 24, 2017

It's the morning after and many of you probably woke up hoping for good news. The Ducks suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night at the hands of Arizona State.

I don't think many fans are that upset that Oregon lost, rather how Oregon lost. Which is often the case but definitely applies here.

Oregon was not outmatched nor were they efficient in the loss. At the end of the day there were some unfortunate plays and give ASU credit, they showed up ready to play.

While we grieve on this Sunday, let's look at the numbers from this one to give us a little clue as to what went wrong in Tempe.

The two most glaring stats are the top two listed in my opinion.

14 - Penalties accepted against Oregon. I say accepted because a couple others were declined.

15 - Rushing attempts by Royce Freeman. Even if the run wasn't working, Oregon didn't even warm up Royce in this one.

170 - Receiving yards for ASU wide receiver N'Keal Harry. Oregon didn't have a receiver top 100 yards.

5 - Tackles for loss by Jalen Jelks alone.

1 for 11 - Oregon's third down conversions. This is another big indicator behind the Oregon loss. ASU was 8 for 20.

120 - Total rush yards for Oregon. Only Freeman and Justin Herbert had double-digit carries in the game.

21:54 - Oregon time of possession. By comparison ASU had the ball for 38:06.

65 - Total plays of offense ran by Oregon. By comparison ASU ran 92 plays of offense.

8.8 - Average third down distance for both teams. Oregon had a 9-percent third down conversion rate while ASU was at 40-percent.

13 - Number of tackles for loss by Oregon. Arizona State had 6.

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