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Point Per Play, Average Yards Per Play, Rush and Pass

Bob Levey

I thought these were some interesting numbers. I think that individually, these numbers stand on their own, but collectively, I think they mean more. The last time we met to take a look at numbers, we looked at the rushing numbers for Texas Tech the past three years as well as the rushing numbers for the three stops where Kliff Kingsbury was the head coach. I think that three years of data is worth something, maybe not everything, but it is something.

I wanted to take a look at points per play, the average yards per play, the average number of yards per rushing attempt and the average number of yards per passing attempt.

Pts/Play Total Off Yds / Play Rush Yds / Att Pass Yds / Att
TTU 2012 0.49 6.49 4.56 7.79
TAMU 2012 0.56 7.11 5.90 8.42
TTU 2011 0.41 5.70 3.84 6.91
UH 2011 0.63 7.61 4.97 9.24
TTU 2010 0.41 5.68 4.20 6.72
UH 2010 0.51 6.45 4.49 8.11

Points Per Play | A lot of you have been clamoring about how the scoring punch just wasn't there with Tuberville and Neal Brown at the helm, and these numbers seem to play that out a bit. On one hand, you have Texas Tech that ran a ton of plays each game, despite that, Texas Tech just could never put the same amount of points on the board. And in case you want the raw data:

TTU 2012: 487 points on 993 plays
TAMU 2012: 578 points on 1,025 plays
TTU 2011: 406 points on 991 plays
UH 2011: 690 points on 1,102 plays
TTU 2010: 430 points on 1,054 plays
UH 2010: 452 points on 894 plays

The last time we talked, we talked about how that 2010 Houston team was battered and bruised and started a freshman quarterback that was just still working things out. But not matter, Kingsbury just pretty much shatters whatever Brown did in terms of points on the board and plays. As fast as Neal Brown was, Kingsbury was faster, except for UH and 2010, which I think was intentional.

Total Offense Yards Per Play | I don't know how much I need to add here in that Texas Tech's best year was comparable to Kingsbury's worst year.

Average Rushing Yards Per Attempt | Again, Kingsbury's worst year, the year that teams probably loaded up a bit to stop the run because Houston was playing a freshman quarterback, was comparable to Texas Tech's best year running the ball. Offensive line coach Lee Hays was there in that 2010 season.

Average Passing Yards Per Attempt | I was honestly pretty shocked by these numbers. If you ever needed to feel comfortable as to how the offense is going to work, then look no further than these numbers. Texas Tech's best year, which was last year, was significantly behind Kingsbury's worst year, which was 2010. Again, with a true freshman at quarterback.

Overall, what this tells me is that the Kingsbury offense is going to be more high scoring, a better running team on average, and a better passing team. There's a lot to like in that last sentence. Kingsbury's offense from Houston in 2011 was really unbelievable. Thanks in large part to having a senior quarterback in Case Keenum, but that entire season, no matter the fact that opponents may not have been all that great, was really something to behold.