Anybody happen to know if there was an issue with Troy not playing as much in the 2nd half?? It looked to me as though Countess was playing most of the time with Floyd.
Yesterday I was unable to watch the game, but I was receiving score updates throughout. When we were down 24-14 at the half, I told my Dad I wasn't too worried because they seem to be a 2nd half team. When I said this, I was mainly thinking about the defense. I couldn't think of any one thing to attribute it to, maybe Mattison had been making good adjustments or maybe the team just seemed to be playing better. What started off as a general statement (from someone who admittedly has a limited knowledge about football) made me want to look in to what I said, maybe back it up with stats, so I looked into it. These are just stats so take from it what you will, but I spent time looking the stuff up so I figured I would share it.
WMU (not a full game)
1st: 10, 194 yards, 1 punt, 1 turnover (interception)
2nd: 0, 60 yards, 1 punt, 2 turnovers (2 fumbles)
1st: 17, 251 yards, 1 punt, 2 turnovers (2 interceptions)
2nd: 14, 270 yards, 3 punts, 2 turnovers (2 fumbles)
1st: 3, 172 yards, 2 punts, 3 turnovers (1 on downs, 1 interception, 1 fumble)
2nd: 0, 36 yards, 3 punts
1st: 0, 138 yards, 2 punts, 3 turnovers (1 on downs, 2 fumbles)
2nd: 7, 207 yards, 3 punts, 4 turnovers ( 2 on downs, 2 fumbles)
1st: 0, 68 yards, 4 punts, 1 turnover (fumble)
2nd: 0, 107 yards, 6 punts, 1 turnover (fumble)
1st: 24, 307 yards, 2 punts, 1 turnover (on downs)
2nd: 0, 161 yards, 1 punt, 3 turnovers (1 on downs, 1 interception, 1 fumble)
Total with WMU game counted:
1st half: 44 points, 1,130 yds, 12 punts, 11 turnovers (3 on downs, 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles)
2nd half: 21 points, 841 yds, 17 punts, 12 turnovers (3 on downs, 1 interception, 8 fumbles)
1st half: 34 points, 936 yds, 11 punts, 10 turnovers (3 on downs, 3 interceptions, 4 fumbles)
2nd half: 21 points, 781 yds, 16 punts, 10 turnovers (3 on downs, 1 interception, 6 fumbles)
College gameday will head to Eugene for the matchup between 9 Oregon and 22 Arizona State. A little bit surprising since MSU is a better team than ASU.
Special Teams MVP
Edit* Most Improved Player
Jeremy Gallon (I know, but first time hes had meaningful minutes)
Best Hit (Feel free to add here, there have been some bone jarring hits by our defense)
Kovacs vs. Carder: The Thunder and Lightning Mixtape
BWC vs. EMU - not for a sack but hot damn he slammed.
Kovacs vs. Persa: Lose yo' Head
I was looking at the stats for the game, and one stood out to me: 3rd down conversions.
We were 14-17, and 1-1 on 4th, while we held NW to 4-11, and 0-2 on 4th (with another big time stop on a 4th and short run). This has been happening enough to constitute a trend, and I just wanted to say that the coachs' emphasis on short yardage situations seems to be paying off.
We are currently 3rd nationally on 3rd down on offense, and 17th in the red zone. On defense, we are in the 40s on 3rd down, #4 on 4th down, and #2 in the red zone. Just thought I would share.