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Monday, October 3, 2011

Notre Dame and Air Force Some Statistics and Rankings

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First of all, let’s not get too cocky over zero turnovers in the Purdue game last Saturday.

Case in point:

**  Tommy Rees had two passes dropped by Purdue defenders.  One might have been a pick-six except the ball hit Purdue DB on the hands.

**  Michael Floyd fumbled and recovered the ball after a nice catch.

**  Tommy Rees and Jonas Gray fumbled a handoff that was recovered by Rees.

Notre Dame and Air Force are different as night and day.  Here are some miscellaneous statistics and rankings that bear this out.

Rushing Offense:

AF ranked 3rd.

ND ranked 41st.

Passing Offense:

AF ranked 113th, 55 for 38, 596 yards, 69.1 completion

ND ranked 21st, 196 for 125, 1347 yards, 63.8 completion

Net yards:

AF ranked 38th, 2054 yards, 1458 rushing and 600 passing

ND ranked 15th, 2245 yards, 898 rushing and 1373 passing

First Downs:

AF ranked 65th, 93 first downs, 64 rushing, 25 passing, 6 on penalties

ND ranked 3rd, 130 first downs, 45 rushing, 69 passing, 12 on penalties

Defense by Sacks and Interceptions:

AF ranked 40th, 10 sacks and 5 interceptions

ND ranked 19th, 13 sacks and 5 interceptions


AF ranked 112th, 12 for 511 yards and 38.4 net

ND ranked 83rd, 19 for 708 yards and 37.1 net (Don't be fooled, Ben Turk is getting good/lucky rolls out of his rugby style punting)

Punt Returns:  (We already know this is dismal)

AF 4 for 50 yards, 12.5 avg.

ND 10 for 3 yards, .3 avg.

Kick-Off Returns:

AF ranked 77th, 15 for 361 yards

ND ranked 37th, 21 for 484 yards (Without George Atkinson’s touchdown run, this stat would be average)

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