Thursday, October 15, 2015

For starters, UConn's offense is improving

There are plenty of numbers that can be crunching as UConn reached the midway point of the regular-season with a 3-3 record. However, none jump out at me more than the improved ball security at the beginning of games.

Last season the Huskies turned the ball over on its opening drive in four of the first six games including two resulting in defensive touchdowns while opponents scored touchdowns on its first offensive drives three times. The result was that UConn was outscored 35-6 on opening drives in the first six games of the season.

Fast forward to this season and the opening drives resulted in one turnover for UConn and the Huskies' opponents as well as two offensive touchdowns and a field goal.

Going a step further, UConn led for just 7:51 and trailed for 45:14 in the first quarter in last year's opening six games. This season the Huskies have led 23:27 in the first quarter and trailed for 22:26.

No matter how you look at it, the first-quarter numbers in the first six games during the 2014 season were downright frightening and really gave the Huskies no chance for success.

UConn was outscored by 50, was minus seven in turnover margin and opponents outscored the Huskies 38-0 off turnovers.

                                   2014      2015
1st quarter points       9-59      27-22
Defensive TDs              3            0
Turnovers                     0-7        3-1
Points Off TOs             0-38      6-3
Total yards               96-358    86-483
Total yards allowed   80-449   88-410
UConn led                   7:51     23:27
UConn trailed            45:14    22:26


Blogger Hal Eis said...

Total Yards and Total Yards Allowed seem a bit suspect and confusing. Could you correct or clarify. Also, as you have probably noticed, the first line in the table needs to be relocated.
Thanks for all of your articles, I do look forward to them now that the Courant has chosen to charge for access to their articles and actually find them superior to what I have seen from the Courant.
much appreciation.

October 15, 2015 11:16 AM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

The total yards listed are number of offensive plays and yards in the first quarter of the first six games for UConn and the next line are the totals given up by the UConn defense

October 16, 2015 11:08 AM 

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