The WMU- PURDUE game was a classic example of meaningful stats & meaningless stats. WMU's QB threw for 429 yds. (meaningless stat) and FOUR interceptions (meaningful stat) which was part of SEVEN WMU turnovers and gave Purdue a +3 turnover margin ( MEANINGFUL STAT). Purdue also scored a non- offensive TD (MEANINGFUL STAT) and was the difference in the Boilermakers 37-32 win. WMU out gained Purdue (meaningless stat) out first dowed Purdue & had fewer penalties (all meaningless stats). Purdue got the meaningful stats & WMU got the meaningless stats.
NC ST. over L'ville 31-24. L'ville outgained NC ST. & had a greater time of possession ( meaningless stats) NC St. scored over their baseline 25 points (meaningful stat) & scored a non offensive TD (meaningful stat) & that proved to be the difference in the game.
The key to stats is what stats lead to victories. Coaches that understand the difference usually win.
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