Apple Cup gives birth to future star -- thanks, Cougs!

Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington.  Dwayne Washington rushed for 135 yards and touchdown runs of 51 and 60 yards, and Washington won its second straight Apple Cup (this being their fifth victory out of the last six Apple Cups), with a 31-13 win over Washington State on Saturday night.

Washington's 51-yard run came on UW's second play of the game, propelling  the Dawgs' fast start on the night. Washington's 60-yard run came on the Dawgs' second play of the third quarter, giving UW a 21-0 lead, a lead that turned out to be insurmountable.

The Seattle Times quoted UW coach Chris Petersen as saying. (Did WSU blitz as much as you expected?) “I’ll put the tape on and confirm some things, but there was a lot of pressure. They were coming after us pretty good. I thought our o-line did a really nice job protecting Cyler. Gave up one sack, and I don’t think that sack was really on the o-line. Sometimes we’ve got to throw it away. So I thought they did a nice job there. I thought Cyler did a good job. He’s getting better every game, especially in these elements. We threw it more than we kind of normally throw it and receivers made plays. But really, I think the credit starts with our defense, defensive coaches. They put together a heck of a game plan, and our kids executed it as well as could be expected. It was really impressive by those guys.”

The coup de grâce: Washington's 60-yard TD run; and a future star was born. Thanks Cougs!

The Good

-- Won OL efficiency battle 266.39 to 105.98
-- Out-rushed WSU 188 yards to 21 yards
-- Out-gained WSU 437 yards to 376 yards
-- Plus 2 on turnovers
-- Cyler Miles passed for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns, with a PE of 129.5
-- Andrew Hudson had 1.5 sacks
-- Made 8 of 17 third down conversions; defense held Cougars to 1 for 10
-- Korey Durkey punted 4 times, averaging 43.0 yards per punt (4 inside 20), on a bitterly cold night
-- Dwayne Washington had 16 carries for 135 yards (8.4 ypc) and 51-yard and 60-yard TD runs
-- Defense registered 4 sacks
-- Washington's 162 all-purpose yards.
-- Scoreboard, Baby


The Bad


-- Nada
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The Ugly


-- Nada: para u
na victoria es una victoria

The QB efficiency ratings on the game follow:

QB School PA C YDS I TD Eff. Rate
Jeff Lindquist UW 2 0 0 0 0 0.0
Cyler Miles UW 39 25 249 1 2 129.5
Luke Falk WSU 49 27 355 2 2 121.3
               

Computing a hypothetical per game offensive line efficiency

Our hypothetical measure is a function of a team's passing efficiency rating, its rushing yards per carry, its rushing touchdowns, its offensive line's penalty yards and its sacks allowed. That is,

OLE = PEO + YPC * X + RT * Y - OLPY - 5 * SA

Where PEO = pass-efficiency offense; YPC = yards per carry; x and y = normalizing numbers; RT = rushing touchdowns; OLPY = offensive line penalty yards; SA = Sacks Allowed

UW Offensive line efficiency = 123.21 + 5.1 * 20.57 + 2 * 5.9 - 10 - 5 = 266.39

WSU Offensive line efficiency = 121.3 + 1.2 * 20.57 + 0*5.9 - 20 - 20 = 105.98

(*) The normalizing numbers X=20.57 and Y=5.09 were chosen so that YPC plus RT would be equivalent to a Passing Efficiency Rating of 100. X and Y are the averages for the Pac-12 stats involving YPC (X = 90/4.375) and RT (Y = 10/1.96) for the 2013 season. The numbers 90 and 10 were chosen so that YPC would have more weight in the computation than RT; the numbers 4.375 and 1.96 are the Pac-12 averages for YPC and RT. To guard against a meaningless rating resulting from a limited number of carries, the normalizing number x needs to be restricted. For one, if the number of carries is less than z then set x=1, with the value of z yet to be determined. Alternatively, the value of the factor ypc * x could be controlled in a similar way to the limits placed on the NFL's passer rating computation.

More specifically, the equation for OLE is a function of 10 metrics:

Pass attempts (PA)

Pass completions (PC)

Yards passing (TY)

Number of passing touchdowns (TD)

Number of interceptions (I)

Yards per carry (YPC; sack yardage figures into the calculation)

Rushing touchdowns (RT)

Offensive line penalty yards. (OLPY)

Sacks Allowed (SA)

The values for x and y (Pac-12 averages for the 2013 season)

The complete equation is as follows:

OLE = (TY*8.4+PC*100+TD*330-I*200)/PA + YPC * X + RT * Y - OLPY - 5 * SA

Complete Statistics

Team 1 2 3 4 Total

Washington

7 7 10 7 31

Washington State

0 0 0 13 13

 

Category

UW

WSU

1. Ball Control                                                                                 

Time of Poss.

32:38 26:32

3rd-down conversions

8 of 17 1-10

4th-down conversions

1 of 3 2 of 5

First downs

22 20
Total Offensive Plays  78 67

2. Blocking and Tackling

Rushing Offense

188 21

Passing Offense

249 355

Pass Eff Offense

123.2 121.3

Total Offense

437 376

Sacks By

4 1

3. Mistakes

Penalties

7-60 9-70

Turnovers

1 3

4. Field Position

Kickoff Returns

2-13-0 3-47-0

Punt Returns

0-0-0 0-0-0

Punting average per punt

43.0 37.0

Average Yards Per Kickoff

58.3 37.0

Net Yards Per Kickoff

42.2 30.5

Kickoff touchbacks

2 0

5. Scoreboard, Baby

Field Goals

1-1 0-0

Redzone Offense

3-3 1-2

Points For

31 13

 

 

Richard Linde can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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