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Meaningless "SportsCenter" Statistic: Josh Freeman on the Tube

 

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Before the Louisville game, I compiled some statistics about Ron Prince and his record in games starting after 6 PM.  During my ‘research' I found that he was a solid 0-4 when playing teams on the road with a start time of 6 PM and later.  While I didn't think it amounted to much at the time, the trend seemed to continue with the loss at Papa John's Stadium.

So, with that in mind, I tried to find another statistic to look at before the big game against Texas Tech this weekend, and I decided to focus on the man that makes this team go, Josh Freeman.

During Freeman's 2.33 seasons at Kansas State, he's started twenty games.  Of those twenty games, fourteen have been televised.  Since this week's game will be shown on ABC, I wanted to take a look at his performance during televised games.

Here are the numbers:

2006:

Team

Comp

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

INT

Colorado

22

26

85%

251

2

0

Texas

19

31

61%

269

3

1

Kansas

23

43

53%

244

0

3

Rutgers

10

21

48%

129

0

2

Totals:

74

121

62%

223

5

6

2007:

Team

Comp

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

INT

Auburn

32

57

56%

268

0

2

Texas

22

38

58%

177

1

0

Kansas

31

48

65%

305

1

3

Colorado

15

27

56%

214

1

0

Iowa State

28

44

64%

347

1

2

Nebraska

26

44

59%

320

2

0

Missouri

26

41

63%

256

2

1

Fresno St.

27

41

66%

256

2

0

Totals:

207

340

61%

268

10

8

2008:

Team

Comp

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

INT

Montana St.

16

21

76%

288

2

0

Louisville

22

42

52%

313

3

2

Totals:

38

63

64%

301

5

2

Grand Total:

Comp

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

INT

319

524

61%

264

20

16

 

All in all, that's not bad.  The interceptions are pretty high, but he's throwing more TD's than picks, which is a good thing.  In the past two seasons, he's throwing 3 TD's to 2 INT's, so that's progress.

Now, if you focus on home vs. road games, his numbers differ a bit:

Home:

Year

Team

Comp

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

INT

2006

Texas

19

31

61%

269

3

1

2007

Kansas

31

48

65%

305

1

3

2007

Colorado

15

27

56%

214

1

0

2007

Missouri

26

41

63%

256

2

1

2008

Montana St.

16

21

76%

288

2

0

Totals:

107

168

64%

266

9

5

Road:

Year

Team

Comp

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

INT

2006

Colorado

22

26

85%

251

2

0

2006

Kansas

23

43

53%

244

0

3

2006

Rutgers

10

21

48%

129

0

2

2007

Auburn

32

57

56%

268

0

2

2007

Texas

22

38

58%

177

1

0

2007

Iowa State

28

44

64%

347

1

2

2007

Nebraska

26

44

59%

320

2

0

2007

Fresno St.

27

41

66%

256

2

0

2008

Louisville

22

42

52%

313

3

2

Totals:

212

356

60%

256

11

11

 

If you look at the breakdown, when Josh is in the friendly confines of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, his completion percentage is four percentage points higher, he throws for ten more yards per game, and his TD/INT ratio is nearly 80% higher.  You'd expect this, but it's still good to see confirmation.

So, if you're looking for a ray of hope this weekend, Wildcat fans, look no further than the fact that Josh plays better at home when the ‘Cats are on television.   At least we have that going for us.