South Alabama Vs Lousiana-Lafayette: By The Numbers

December 6, 2013 · By · Filed Under Football, Sun Belt Conference 


Let’s break down South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette by the numbers so far this season.

Last season the Jags fell to ULL 52-30 in Lafayette and remain as the most points ever scored against the Jaguars in program history. Season-long starting quarterback Terrance Broadway will miss the game with a broken arm. This will put more pressure on running back Alonzo Harris who has rushed for 808 yards and 13 touchdowns this season with an average of 4.7 yards per carry this season.

Lafayette has already secured at least a share of the Sun Belt Conference title, but with a win could claim it outright. The Jaguars are looking for their sixth win of the season to become bowl eligible in their first season as a full FBS member and only the fifth season of football.

ULL has already accepted an invitation to play Tulane in the New Orleans Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday, December 21. Arkansas State, who with a loss by ULL could claim a share of the SBC title, will play in the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, AL.

South Alabama, after a season of close games, where four of their losses has been by two points or less, has finally won back-to-back games with relative ease the last two weeks as their offense and defense has found their groove. The Jaguar set a program-record with nine sacks against Louisiana-Monroe two weeks ago. Also Ross Metheny recorded a game with 100+ yards passing and rushing against ULM with a highlight reel 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cap off a great performance.

Shavarez Smith set a school record and recorded the best performance by a wide receiver by a SBC player this season with 10 receptions for 194 yards and a touchdown last week against Georgia State. Meanwhile the Jaguar defense held the GSU running attack to 24 yards on 25 carries.

Jereme Jones has caught passes in 38 consecutive games for the Jaguars.

South Alabama is 5-6 overall, 3-3 Sun Belt.
Louisiana-Lafayette is 8-3 overall 5-1 Sun Belt.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 as well as radio play by play by Lee Shirvanian and Rick Cleveland on and 105.5FM WNSP.
Scoring Offense
ULL 37.0 points per game
USA 29.4 points per game

Total offense
ULL 443.7 yards per game
USA 431.2 yards per game

Rushing offense
ULL 220.2 yards per game
USA 171.0 yards per game

Passing offense
USA 260.2 yards per game
ULL 223.5 yards per game

Pass efficiency
ULL 156.5 efficiency rating
USA 133.3 efficiency rating

Sacks Against
USA 16 for 137 yards
ULL 18 for 100 yards

Field Goals
USA 15-20 75.0%
ULL 8-13 61.5%

PAT kicking
ULL 51-53 96.2%
USA 34-36 94.4%

First Downs
ULL 22.9 per game
USA 21.5 per game

3rd Down Conversions
ULL 54.5%
USA 41.1%

4th Down Conversions
USA 38.1%
ULL 25%

Time of Possession
USA 29:49
ULL 29:42

Red Zone Offense
ULL – 42-of-49 for 85.7% with 35 of them touchdowns and 7-of-11 field goals made
USA – 35-of-44 for 79.5% with 27 of them touchdowns and 8-of-12 field goals made


Scoring Defense
ULL 26.6 points per game allowed
USA 26.7 points per game allowed

Total Defense
ULL 396.8 yards per game allowed
USA 399.9 yards per game allowed

Rushing Defense
ULL 151.4 yards per game allowed
USA 167.9 yards per game allowed

Passing Defense
USA 232.0 yards per game allowed
ULL 245.5 yards per game allowed

Pass Defense Efficiency
ULL 134.1 effiency rating by opponents
USA 136.1 effiency rating by opponents

ULL 11 INT’s returned for an average of 22.6 yards with two touchdowns
USA 9 INT’s returned for an average of 17.3 yards with 0 touchdowns

Sacks By
USA 35 for 229 yards
ULL 18 for 100 yards

Opponent First Downs
USA 20.5 first downs per game for opponent
ULL 22.9 first downs per game for opponent

Opponent 3rd Down Conversions
USA 38.2%
ULL 40.4%

Opponent 4th Down Conversions
ULL 37.5%
USA 58.8%

Turnover Margin
ULL +4
USA +1

Red Zone Defense
ULL 28-of-35 for 80% with 19 touchdowns and 9-of-12 field goal attempts converted
USA 36-of-41 for 87.8% with 25 touchdowns and 11-of-12 field goal attempts

Special Teams:
Kickoff Returns
USA 22.7 yards per kickoff return average
ULL 21.2 yards per kickoff return average

Punt Returns
ULL 9.6 yards per punt return average
USA 6.1 yards per punt return average

USA 35.8 net yards per punt
ULL 34.0 net yards per punt

Kickoff Coverage
ULL 38.2 net yards per kickoff
USA 38.1 net yards per kickoff

Field Goals
USA 15-of-20 75%
ULL 8-of-13 61.5%

PAT kicking
ULL 51-of-53 96.2%
USA 34-of-36 94.4%

USA 59 penalties for an average of 44.8 yards per game
ULL 55 penalties for an average of 46.6 yards per game

Opponent Penalties
USA 77 penalties by opponents for 57.2 yards per game
ULL 54 penalties by opponents for 44.1 yards per game

On-Side Kicks By
ULL 1-2 50%
USA 0-0 0%

On-Side Kicks Against
USA 0-2 0%
ULL 0-1 0%


2 Responses to “South Alabama Vs Lousiana-Lafayette: By The Numbers”

  1. Huan on December 8th, 2013 9:20 am

    Great to be bowl eligible. But seems the odds are unfavorable for a bowl invite?

    btw, for the work you have done here, I have recommended you to SB Nation. Keep up the good work.

  2. Brian on December 8th, 2013 1:14 pm

    Unfortunately the odds are probably against us for a bowl invite. I think there are now 79 bowl-eligible teams for 35 bowl games (70 teams). But with the story behind the school’s short history of football, that may enhance our changes.

    Thank you for your support and I am humbled by your recommendation. I hope to continue to help spread the story of South Alabama athletics.

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