I tried drinking my memory of this game away. That didn't work. I tried taking a nap, and that didn't work either. So as my guests and family left me to sulk alone, I got to thinking how many quarters we've been held without a touchdown this year. It's not pretty.
We have played a total of 48 quarters this season.
in 20 of those 48 quarters (41.6%), we have not scored a touchdown. In 13 of those 48 (27%), we were held completely scoreless.
Here's a breakdown the quarters which we were held without a touchdown. (To clarify the table, if the box is blank, we scored at least one touchdown).
As a comparison, in 2011 we went 13 qtrs (out of 52) without scoring a TD (25%). In 8 of the 52 quarters we were held scoreless (15.38%).
I'm not inclined to find out how this stat stacks up against other teams in the Big 10 and beyond, but I'm guessing that not many championship caliber teams are held scoreless in 27% of the quarters they play.
I'll go crack another Shiner.