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LSU and TCU traded big plays and big mistakes. How did the more layered aspects of this confrontation look from a numerical standpoint? StoryBox doesn't have all the answers, but it offers clues at the very least.
PART ONE: DOWNS
Successful first down plays (4+ yards): 11 for LSU, 10 for TCU
First down conversion rate after those plays: 10-11 for LSU, 7-10 for TCU
Unsuccessful first down plays (3/fewer yards): 23 for LSU, 10 for TCU
First down conversion rate after those plays: 16-23 for LSU, 7-10 for TCU
First down play selection: 23 rush / 11 pass for LSU; 7 rush/13 pass for TCU
Average yards to go on second down: 9.4 for LSU, 7.6 for TCU
Second down play selection: 18 rush/9 pass for LSU; 12 rush/8 pass for TCU
Average yards to go on third down: 7.1 for LSU, 8.5 for TCU
Third down play selection: 4 rush/15 pass for LSU, 3 rush/10 pass for TCU
Third down conversion rate by play selection: 4-4 rush, 9-15 pass for LSU; 2-3 rush, 5-10 pass for TCU
Overall third-down success rates: 13-19 for LSU, 7-13 for TCU
Punts: 3 for LSU, 4 for TCU
Field goal attempts: 3 for LSU, 2 for TCU
Punts in short-yardage situations: 1 for TCU
--TCU punted on fourth and 2 from its own 33-yard line at 5:25 of the fourth quarter. The Horned Frogs were trailing 37-27 at the time and ultimately lost by that score.
OTHER TIME-AND-SCORE NOTES FOR PUNTS, FIELD GOALS, AND FIRST DOWN ATTEMPTS
--TCU kicked a field goal on fourth and 3 from the LSU 4 at 2:18 of the first quarter. The Horned Frogs were trailing 6-0.
--TCU kicked a field goal on fourth and 6 from the LSU 22 at 7:38 of the fourth quarter. The Horned Frogs were trailing, 30-24.
--LSU returned a punt to the TCU 25 at 7:35 of the fourth quarter. This drive resulted in a touchdown and put LSU up, 37-27.
PART TWO: FIELD POSITION
Average starting field position: 30.8-yard line for LSU, 35.3-yard line for TCU
Drives beginning inside own 10: 2 for LSU, 1 for TCU
Did the defense leverage these drives into scores?
NO for one of LSU’s two drives inside its own 10 – TCU forced a punt from LSU at LSU’s 7, but couldn’t convert this into points (drive started at 11:29 of the second quarter)
YES for the second LSU drive start inside its own 10 – TCU downed a punt at the 1 and LSU eventually fumbled on its own 6. TCU converted this turnover into a touchdown at 13:43 of the fourth quarter.
YES for TCU’s drive start inside its own 10 – LSU forced a punt from TCU, converting the subsequent drive into a field goal (drive started for LSU at 3:06 of the second quarter).
Drives beginning in plus territory: 2 for LSU, 2 for TCU
Breakdown of plus-territory drive starts:
LSU started one drive at the TCU 48 (the 50 to 36 section of the field). Result: touchdown. LSU started another drive at the TCU 10 (Red Zone). Result: field goal.
TCU started one drive at the LSU 48 (50 to 36). Result: field goal. TCU started another drive at the LSU 6 (Red Zone). Result: touchdown.
Red zone scores and possessions: 6 of 6 for LSU with 3 touchdowns and 3 field goals; 2 of 2 for TCU with 1 touchdown and 1 field goal
PART THREE: YARDS
Yards gained when leading: 343 for LSU
Yards gained when trailing: 254 for TCU
Yards gained when tied: 69 for LSU
Yards gained when leading by one score: 338 for LSU
Yards gained when trailing by one score:130 for TCU
Yards gained when leading by more than two scores: 5 for LSU
Yards gained when trailing by more than two scores: 124 for TCU
PART FOUR: TURNOVER DETAILS
Offensive fumbles easily recovered: 2 for TCU
Defensive recoveries that should have been made but weren't: 1 for LSU
Recovered offensive fumbles that were 50-50 balls: 1 for TCU
Recovered defensive fumbles that were 50-50 balls: 1 for TCU
Fumbled kickoffs: 1 for TCU
Lost fumbles in own red zone: 1 for LSU, 1 for TCU
Easy interceptions made by defenders (ordinary effort): 1 for LSU
Interceptions thrown on first down: 1 for TCU
Interceptions thrown in one-score games or ties: 1 for TCU
PART FIVE: OFFICIATING AND MISCELLANY
- LSU dropped a touchdown pass on third and goal at 8:40 of the first quarter, resulting in a field goal attempt
- TCU returned a kickoff for a touchdown at 13:41 of the second quarter
- An illegal block penalty on an LSU kickoff return resulted in possession at the 5 for LSU at 13:17 of the second quarter
- TCU committed a pass interference penalty in the end zone when LSU was at the 11. During this drive, LSU committed two consecutive five-yard penalties to bring the ball back to the 12. This drive resulted in a field goal at the end of the second quarter.
- LSU committed a roughing the passer penalty on third and four after an incomplete pass, which would have likely resulted in a TCU punt. Instead, TCU kept the ball and scored a touchdown.