December 18, 2013

Defense By the Numbers

Now that the regular season has wrapped up, Eric Hoffses goes back and compares the 2012 numbers to this season's defensive numbers. New defensive coordinator Don Brown was able to improve many of the numbers


Passing Defense

-BC took a dip in overall defense as the unit allowed the most passing yards in the ACC at 267.8 yards per game. The Eagles also ranked last in the conference in yards per passing attempt, at 8.1 per attempt. Last season, BC allowed 242.3 passing yards per game and 6.8 yard per attempt.

-Everyone knew that the tradeoff for more passing yards allowed would be an uptick in sack numbers, and the defense did not disappoint in that department. BC registered 34 sacks on the season. To put that number in perspective compared to last year, Kasim Edebali (8.5) and Kevin Pierre-Louis (6) each registered as many or more sacks than BC did as a team last season (6).

Rushing Defense

-Since arriving in the ACC, BC had always had one of the best run defenses in the conference. That trend ended last season when the defense allowed 213 yards per game, which was 2nd worse in the conference. This year, the BC defense allowed only 152 yards per game, which was the 7th best in the conference.

-The BC defense did a good job of limiting explosive running plays, allowing 13 on the season. That number was good for 4th best in the league.

-Linebackers Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis finished 3rd and 6th in the league in tackles.

Scoring

-The defense allowed 27.8 points per game down from 29.7 PPG in 2012. A big reason for that was slowing down opponents in the red zone. The Eagles allowed opponents to score 78% of the time in the red zone, which was the 3rd best in the conference. Georgia Tech was the conference leader in this category, allowing 75.68% of red zone drives for scores.

Miscellaneous Stats

-An underrated improvement on defense was that the team got off the field on 3rd down much more often. In 2012, BC allowed a hideous 49.7% of 3rd down attempts to be converted for first down. That number jumped down to 41.2% this year. The defense has a long way to go in this area but the trend is going in the right direction.

-Edebali tied for first in the ACC in fumbled forced with 4


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