Emerald Bowl Comparative Statistics

Below are some quickly run up numbers on how USC and Boston College played compared to the averages that the opposing team generally allows.  I will clean up the language at a later date.


USC rushed for 88 yards in the Emerald Bowl. USC averages 166.77 rushing yards per game. On average, BC’s defense holds opponents to -22.38 rushing yards under their average. USC was held -78.77 rushing yards below their average in the EB. Conversely, BC’s rushing defense allows 104.33 yards per game. On average, USC’s rushing offense gains 28.9 yards more than the opposing defense allows. In the EB, USC was held -16.3 rushing yards below what BC normally allows. Verdict: BC’s rushing defense outplayed USC’s rushing offense.

USC passed for 350 yards in the Emerald Bowl. USC averages 221.3 passing yards per game. On average, BC’s defense holds opponents to -8.89 passing yards under their average. USC passed for +128.7 more yards than their average in the EB. Conversely, BC’s passing defense allows 214.1 yards per game. On average, USC’s passing offense gains -9.0 yards less than the opposing defense allows. In the EB, USC passed for +135.9 more yards than BC normally allows. Verdict: USC’s passing attack obliterated BC’s passing defense.

USC gained 438 total offensive yards in the Emerald Bowl. USC averages 389.1 yards per game. On average, BC’s defense holds opponents to -46.5 yards below their average. USC gained +48.9 more yards than their average in the EB. Conversely, BC’s defense allows 318.4 yards per game. On average, USC’s offense gains 17.2 yards more than the opposing defense allows. In the EB, USC gained +119.6 more yards than BC typically allows. Verdict: USC’s offense outplayed the BC defense.

USC scored 24 points in the Emerald Bowl. USC averages 26.5 points per game. On average, BC’s defense held opponents to -6.7 points below their average. BC held USC to -2.5 points less than their average in the EB. Conversely, BC’s defense allows 19.4 points per game. On average, USC’s offense scores 1.6 points more than the opposing defense allows. In the EB, USC scored +4.6 more points than BC typically allows. Verdict: USC’s offense outplayed BC’s defense.


BC rushed for 94 yards in the Emerald Bowl. BC averages 136.9 rushing yards per game. On average, USC’s defense holds opponents to -18.7 rushing yards below their average. USC held BC to -42.9 rushing yards below their average in the EB. Conversely, USC’s defense allows 131.0 rushing yards per game. On average, BC’s rushing offense gains -9.75 yards less than the opposing defense allows. In the EB, BC rushed for -37.0 yards below what USC typically allows. Verdict: USC’s rushing defense outplayed BC’s rushing attack.

BC passed for 218 yards in the Emerald Bowl. BC averages 187.0 passing yards per game. On average, USC’s defense holds opponents to -12.6 passing yards under their average. BC passed for +31.0 yards more than their average in the EB. Conversely, USC’s defense allows 211.8 passing yards per game. On average, BC’s passing offense gains -21.5 yards less than the opposing defense allows. In the EB, BC passed for +6.2 yards more than USC typically allows. Verdict: BC’s passing offense outplayed USC’s passing defense.

BC gained 312 total yards in the Emerald Bowl. BC averages 323.9 offensive yards per game. On average, USC’s defense holds opponents to -31.4 yards below their average. USC held BC to -11.9 yards below their average in the EB. Conversely, USC’s defense allows 342.8 yards per game. On average, BC’s offense gains -33.1 yards less than the opposing defense allows. In the EB, BC gained -30.8 yards below what USC typically allows. Verdict: BC’s offense was evenly matched with USC’s defense.

BC scored 13 points in the Emerald Bowl. BC averages 24.8 points per game. On average, USC’s defense holds opponents to -6.25 points below their average. USC held BC to -11.8 points below their average in the EB. Conversely, USC’s defense allows 20.4 points per game. On average, BC’s offense scores 0.85 more points than the opposing defense allows. In the EB, BC scored -7.42 points less than what USC typically allows. Verdict: USC’s defense outplayed BC’s offense.

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