Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Spike in Kickoff Returns for Touchdowns

It has been two weeks since Marty of cfbstats examined the impact of the new rule moving kickoffs back to the 30-yard line and there has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of kickoffs being returned for touchdowns.

In the first three weeks of the season, a total of 10 kickoffs were brought back for scores. But in the past two weeks, there were 15 returns for touchdowns. That is a 65% increase in the percentage rate.

Marty has also added team situational leaders to his site. For example, USC is averaging a national-best 6.75 yards running the ball on first down. Syracuse is last at 1.10 yards.

Here is another one: Which Southeastern Conference team has the most rushing plays of 10 yards or more. If you said Tennessee, you're wrong. The Volunteers are last. Kentucky is the league leader with 39, ahead of Arkansas and Darren McFadden (38).

Which Big East team has gained the most rushing first downs on third down and one-to-three yards to go? It's not West Virginia. The Mountaineers are last in this category. Cincinnati is first, followed by South Florida.

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