I posted this on Cyclone Report a few days ago as a reply to an o-line thread, and thought I'd post it here too. . . "Look at this years stats thru Nebraska vs. last years stats, and I think it's apparent that this years o-line is BETTER than last years. Offensively we are on pace to equal our rushing yardage from last year, on 100 fewer carries. Our passing game is on pace to equal last years. We are on pace to give up 30 sacks for 180 yds as opposed to 39 sacks for 243 yds in 2005. We're also averaging fewer penalty yards per game. We're converting 45% of our 3rd downs (38% last year). We're averaging only 0.6 total ypg fewer than last year even with fewer plays due to clock rules changes (we're averaging 0.6 more yards per play). Our red zone scoring is up (85% vs. 81%), and so are red zone TD's (70% vs. 58%). We are calling a run/pass ratio of 193/191 this year vs. 491/368 last year. Our three leading recievers are all averaging 50+ ypg as opposed to last year where it was Blythe and those other guys. The telling stats for me are turnovers (on pace for 8 int's vs. 22 last year, on pace for 6 fumble recoveries vs. 13 last year) and kick return average (averaging 17.2 vs. 23.4). We aren't getting any field position advantages on anyone - we have to go the length of the field everytime we get the ball. And with the combination of clock rule changes and a defense that can't get the ball back on turnovers or downs, we have less time to move the ball a greater distance. Despite all this we are still putting up offensive numbers equal to or greater than last year. We just need to find a way to get that extra push into the endzone. Statisticly, the Cyclones have only regressed on the defensive side of the ball. To see the official ISU stats, go to Cyclones.com, click on Football and then Statistics. For both the 2005 and 2006 seasons, right click and select "Open in New Window" and you can view them side by side."