Cal v. CSU: Inside The-Wait-What Am I Looking Inside Again?

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Numbers?  Is it numbers?  Am I looking inside numbers?  Or is it Stegosaurus?  Am I looking inside Stegosaurus?

Last time out, (i.e. read that post first) I attempted to look inside the numbers for CSU and I still have a nose bleed.  Le Sigh.

Do I want to do that again?  Do I want to put myself through this garbage again of sitting down, reading stuff, and then cutting and pasting it?  It's so BORING.  Where's that Garfield comic I was reading, that'll put me into the serious mood.   Ok, it's brutally unfunny-ness has readied me for this Bataan Blog March.

And with that grim opening, let's try looking inside the numbers.

Look at this:

TEAM STATISTICS  CS  OPP 
SCORING  68  83 
   Points Per Game  22.7  27.7 
FIRST DOWNS  62  62 
   Rushing  25  19 
   Passing  34  41 
   Penalty 
RUSHING YARDAGE  312  351 
   Yards gained rushing  384  411 
   Yards lost rushing  72  60 
   Rushing Attempts  95  90 
   Average Per Rush  3.3  3.9 
   Average Per Game  104.0  117.0 
   TDs Rushing 
PASSING YARDAGE  784  799 
   Att-Comp-Int  105-72-3  109-72-4 
   Average Per Pass  7.5  7.3 
   Average Per Catch  10.9  11.1 
   Average Per Game  261.3  266.3 
   TDs Passing 
TOTAL OFFENSE  1096  1150 
   Total Plays  200  199 
   Average Per Play  5.5  5.8 
   Average Per Game  365.3  383.3 
KICK RETURNS: #-Yards  9-266  10-322 
PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards  2-21  2-4 
INT RETURNS: #-Yards  4-41  3-68 
KICK RETURN AVERAGE  29.6  32.2 
PUNT RETURN AVERAGE  10.5  2.0 
INT RETURN AVERAGE  10.2  22.7 
FUMBLES-LOST  2-0  9-3 
PENALTIES-Yards  12-91  19-156 
   Average Per Game  30.3  52.0 
PUNTS-Yards  7-286  7-287 
   Average Per Punt  40.9  41.0 
   Net punt average  34.6  38.0 
TIME OF POSSESSION/Game  33:28  26:32 
3RD-DOWN Conversions  22/42  22/40 
   3rd-Down Pct  52%  55% 
4TH-DOWN Conversions  2/8  6/7 
   4th-Down Pct  25%  86% 
SACKS BY-Yards  4-36  7-37 
MISC YARDS 
TOUCHDOWNS SCORED  10 
FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS  4-5  4-4 
ON-SIDE KICKS  0-0  0-0 
RED-ZONE SCORES  8-11 73%  10-11 91% 
RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS  4-11 36%  6-11 55% 
PAT-ATTEMPTS  8-8 100%  9-9 100% 
ATTENDANCE  41590 
   Games/Avg Per Game  2/20795  0/0 
   Neutral Site Games    1/69619 

CSU has been outscored and out-offensed so far.  That's mostly because they have defeated two teams (SacState and Houston) by a combined 6 points and got ravaged by Colorado.  Hell, they've even been out-redzoned giving up scores 91% of the time their opponents got into the red zone.

     Tackles  Sacks  Pass Defense  Fumbles  Blkd    
DEFENSIVE LEADERS  GP  Solo  Ast  Total  TFL-Yds  No-Yds  Int-Yds  BU  PD  Qbh  Rcv-Yds  FF  Kick  Saf 
56  BREWER,Ricky   20  27   .     .       .    .
20  Kubiak, Klint   18  21   .     .    1 - 0    .
10  Horinek, Jeff   11  20   .     .    2 - 41    .
13  Pagnotta, Mike   14  20   2.0 - 16   1.0 - 15 1 - 0 2 - 0
11  OPPENNEER, Nick  11  14   .     .       .    .
6   Sisson, Mychal   10  13   .     .       .    .
16  Galusha, Jake   10  12   .     .       . 1 - 0
91  Hill, Tommie   10   4.0 - 28   3.0 - 21    .    .

Note that the team leader in Interceptions (Jeff Horinek) has 2.  SydQuan had 2 alone in the WSU game alone, I think.  I tried to find Cal's D stats to compare them with the people here.  But I'm too stupid to figure htis out. 

Note that Mike Pagnotta and Tommie Hill have pretty complete stat lines on the Defensive Side.  Maybe not as many tackles as others, but they have more sacks or interceptions and pass defenses.

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Mike Pagnotta via grfx.cstv.com

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Tommie Hill via grfx.cstv.com

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Jeff Horinek via grfx.cstv.com

Bee Tee Dubz, I love Jeff Horinek's version of Blue Steel.   I can't wait for Magnum.

So, there you go.  Some more general information on the CSU team and its Defense.  I think I just felt part of my brain melt.  Hopefully, not the funny part.  If I lose that, who will screw up the DBD?  HydroTech?  Ha!  I'd like to see that.

Ragnarok sez:

They're giving up a lot through the air on defense, not so much on the ground.  Not only in terms of yards or touchdowns, but 41 passing 1st downs as opposed to only 19 on the ground.  I'd expect the Rams to try and do what Maryland did, which is to limit the running game at all costs and make Riley connect with some fairly green receivers.  They've only picked off 4 passes this year total, and I didn't see a whole lot of pass defense when they played Colorado, but if they can't stop us from running the ball, it could get Washington State-ugly.  I'd guess they'll key on the run until (if) Riley burns them a couple times.

He also notes last year's live blog for the Cal-CSU game.  And here are Hydro's post game thoughts from last year's game. 

I'm excited to FINALLY have a home game tomorrow.  And without the tree sitters.  GO BEARS!

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