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Georgia Southern Advanced Box Score

Taking an in-depth look at the stats behind the game.

Each Week FTRS will take apart the traditional box score and present our readers with the key insights on how the game was played. You can view all the Advanced Box Score stories in the Football Analytics Story Stream. For any questions about the metrics listed below please first refer to the Advanced Stats Glossary for definitions.

Well this one was a doozy. As you'll see below Georgia Tech did a lot of things really well. Unfortunately, there were almost as many negatives. Let's take a look and see what we did well and what will need to improve in conference play.

Advanced Box Score

Georgia Tech 42 - Georgia Southern 38
Passing Downs Quarter Performance
Plays 20 20 Yards / Play Success Rate Yards / Play Success Rate
Yards / Play 10.25 9.1 Q1 8.48 72% 13.5 33%
Success Rate 45% 40% Q2 7.86 50% 3.27 26%
Standard Downs Q3 3.64 36% 12 53%
GT GS Q4 5.84 47% 8.1 57%
Plays 57 41 Down Performance
Yards / Play 5.8 8.44 GT GS
Success Rate 58% 49% Yards / Play Success Rate Yards / Play Success Rate
Passing Plays 1 6.56 55% 8.93 27%
GT GS 2 6.89 50% 6.56 52%
Plays 25 23 3 8.5 83% 9.17 45%
Yards / Play 7.2 10.35 4 1 100% 32 100%
Success Rate 36% 34% Drive Performance
Sack Rate (SD / PD) 0.0% / 5% 0.0% / 5% Num Drives Avg Start Spot % Methodical % Explosive
Running Plays GT 11 73.73 27% 18%
GT GS GS 10 78.40 30% 40%
Plays 52 38 % of Possible Yards Gained GT: 67% GS: 68%
Yards / Play 6.85 7.63 Georgia Tech Hidden Yards 46.7
Success Rate 63% 50% Turnovers GT: 0 Southern: 1

  • Our offense really did play well. A 58% Success Rate on standard downs is fantastic. An 83% third down conversion rate is awesome. 10.25 yards per play on passing downs a long with a 45% success rate is absurd. But what really saved us this week was the zero turnovers. If we don't have every single one of the touchdown drives then we may not have been able to hold on in this game. You can't ask our offense to play better.
  • Our defense really played awful. There is no other way to put it. You absolutely can ask our defense to play better. Last week I introduced a concept called Expected Points Per Drive. The expected points on any drive is how many points an average team would score with the starting field position they were given. Based on their starting field position over 10 drives Georgia Southern would have been expected to score about 18 points in this game. They more than doubled that. The stats speak for themselves.

Win Probability


Yup. Home teams up by 25 points at half time can be expected to win more than 99% of the time. And technically, we did. However you don't really envision going from a near certainty to only a 20% chance of winning the game. Here are the 5 biggest plays of the game according to my model:

Offense Quarter Down Distance Spot WP* Play Description WPA
GT 4 3 7 13 .52 Justin Thomas pass to Deon Hill for 13 yards, Touchdown + .28
GS 4 1 10 11 .37 Alfred Ramsby rush for 11 yards, Touchdown + .27
GS 4 1 10 24 .80 Favian Upshaw Fumble - .23
GT 1 1 10 75 .56 Charles Perkins rush for 63 yards + .14
GS 1 3 7 69 .10 Matt Breida Rush for 69 yards, Touchdown + .12

(*) WP refers to the probability of the offense winning the game.

The game-winning touchdown is predictably the biggest play of the game. A third down conversion to go ahead with less than a minute remaining in the game should be a huge swing in a team's chances of winning. Alfred Ramsby's go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter was also a huge play, and I'll just note this also includes Georgia Southern converting the two point conversion. The fumble was about the only big negative play for either offense, and man was it huge for us. That was about the only positive for our defense. When we needed it we lucked in to a recovering a fumble.

Drive Chart

I honestly thought there was a bug in my code where the 2nd half of the Drive Chart just shows the opposite of the first half, but no, this was just an insane game.


I would say giving Southern such bad field position all night helped us, but they scored anyway! Does it matter that their best starting field position all night was near their own 30 when they scored 5 touchdowns anyway? And our offense has got to avoid that funk though. Its one thing not to score, but the drives we had in the 2nd half were just so short. We gave our defense no time to rest or adjust.