Inside the numbers: Scoring zone numbers drop in last two games

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I was a little too busy last week to do an “Inside the Numbers” article as well as a film review. But with Western Michigan coming up on Saturday, I feel like I’ve got the chance to do both this week.

Remember how the Hokies were great inside the scoring zone (inside the opponent’s 40) during the first two weeks of the season? Not so much anymore. Before the East Carolina game, the numbers looked like this…

Scoring zone trips: 11
Touchdowns: 8
Field goals: 2
Total point: 62
Points per trip: 5.64

That’s pretty darn good. Remember, Florida State led the ACC in 2013 with a mark of 5.5, so the Hokies were outperforming the National Champs after two games. However, I noted that we could expect those numbers to drop as the season goes along, the sample size gets larger, and more and more film gets out on Tech’s offense. That’s exactly what has happened.

Here are the quick numbers from the East Carolina game…

Scoring zone trips: 6
Touchdowns: 3
Field goals: 0
Total points: 21
Points per trip: 3.5

3.5 points per trip inside the scoring zone is less than Tech’s 3.8 average in 2013, and that 3.8 average was already nearly the worst in the ACC. The Hokies went from great to terrible in the scoring zone within the span of a week. Believe it or not, things got worse against Georgia Tech.

We’ll cover each of Tech’s drives into the scoring zone against the Yellow Jackets and then run the numbers.

Drive #1

Tech’s first drive was impressive, with Michael Brewer converting a third and six and a third and 12. The drive finally stalled, but Joey Slye came through with a 42 yard field goal.

Points: 3

Drive #2

The drive had a lot of promise. After a 25 yard pass to Isaiah Ford, the Hokies had the ball first and goal at the 10. However, a second down sack killed Tech’s chances of punching it in the endzone, and they settled for another Joey Slye field goal.

Points: 3

Drive #3

Tech’s third drive into the scoring zone featured more great third down play from Michael