Inside the numbers: Scoring zone numbers improve against Tribe

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One of the things I want to track this year is how the Hokies perform when they advance the ball inside the opponent’s 40 yard line.  We’ll begin today by looking at how they performed there against William & Mary.

To refresh your memory, I wrote an article comparing Tech’s record in the “Scoring Zone” to that of other ACC teams back in July.  You can refresh your memory by clicking here to read the article.  Scroll down to the second section.

You’ll note the numbers from last season that I included in that article.  Here they are again, in case you didn’t have a chance to read the article…

FSU: 5.5
GT: 4.9
BC: 4.8
Louisville: 4.8
Clemson: 4.7
Pitt: 4.6
Duke: 4.6
UNC: 4.6
Miami: 4.3
Wake: 4.1
Syracuse: 4.0
VT: 3.8
NC State: 3.3
UVA: 3.3

That’s the average number of points each team scored per trip inside the 40.  As you can see, the Hokies were ahead of only bottom feeders NC State and UVA, who combined to win 0 ACC games..  Many times the Hokies reached the scoring zone and didn’t come up with any points at all, thanks to a bad offense and bad field goal kicking.

How did they fare against William & Mary?  Well, it was a lot better.  Tech scored on every single one of their trips to the traditional red zone, and right now the Hokies are tied for #1 in the country in red zone offense.  I’ll pause for you to compose yourself after reading that last sentence.

Scoring every time in the red zone is a step in the right direction, but the scoring zone advanced stat is a better indicator of a team’s overall execution.  Here’s a quick recap of each of Tech’s trips inside the scoring zone…

Drive #1

Tech reached the scoring zone on their very first possession of the game.  The drive lasted 14 plays, went 84 yards and took 5:39 off the clock.  Tech converted four third downs in the drive, including the eventual touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford.