DQ Blog

Sep 14, 2008

First down 4, third down 0

A stat that many coaches eyeball is third-down conversions. Amazingly, West Texas A&M was 0-for-8 on third down vs. Azusa Pacific. Normally, not converting a third down would be trouble but four one-play scoring drives kind of negates that. As does Azusa converting just two of its 15 third downs. WT was second in the LSC coming in with 12 conversions on 25 tries. Coaches will never say a game is perfect, so WT's 10 penalties will be reviewed. The most penalized team in the conference, thje Buffs are averaging almost 11 flags a game and have been whistled nine more times than their opponents. It's things like penalties that will be more crucial in tight game LSC games and playoff games than in 31- and 62-point victories.

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