Husky Drive Efficiency vs Illinois

Jonathan Daniel

Another big start to the second half for the Huskies, but the fumbles combined with long fields in front of them made their overall drive efficiency suffer.

The immediate thing that stands out when you look at this chart is how the Huskies got killed in the field position game. Every drive they were starting out with a long field in front of them, but it didn't really seem to hurt them all that much.

For the second straight game the Huskies came out hot in the second half; in week one they score touchdowns on their first four drives of the second half, and here they scored touchdowns on their first three. It sure seems like if they could open games like that they'd make life a heckuva lot easier on themselves.

It sure seems like big plays keyed touchdowns, as the per play numbers on those drives killed every other drive on the day.

Only one three-and-out in this one, which is something that they will have to continue in order to keep the defense from getting tired.

The final Husky drive of the game in which they ran out the clock was omitted because of it being garbage time.

A tale of two halves for the defense. In the first, they were pretty fantastic in this metric at bending but not breaking. Then, in the second half they went into don't-bend-at-all-or-snap-like-a-twig mode, trading touchdowns and three and outs until the game clinching INT.

The defense forced one more three and out than here they did against BSU, but allowed more substantial drives against Illinois. This is probably due to Illinois having a more explosive offense than the Broncos (which is weird to say) more than it is about what the Huskies did.

It was weird that in the first Illini drive of the second half they found a formula that was working with a lot of designed QB delayed runs, but they didn't go right back to it and their offense sputtered while the Huskies pulled away.

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