Here’s how the Cornhuskers and Boilermakers match up statistically entering their Oct. 15 game in West Lafayette. Average national ranking in categories listed: Nebraska 82.3, Purdue 49.9.
NEBRASKA

3-3 (2-1)

PURDUE

4-2 (2-1)

Stat Rank Stat Rank
Rushing offense 160.2 62 119.2 103
Passing offense 255.3 55 300.5 20
Pass efficiency 140.31 61 139.05 66
Total offense 415.5 61 419.7 57
Scoring offense 28.5 78 32.5 48
Rushing defense 186.0 110 96.7 17
Pass defense 263.0 106 230.8 70
Pass eff. defense 122.53 45 129.81 65
Total defense 449.0 116 327.5 28
Scoring defense 29.3 90 22.0 44
Net punting 38.83 73 38.56 77
Punt returns 16.50 11 6.85 77
Kickoff returns 16.55 113 20.75 61
Turnover margin -0.33 90 -0.17 83
Tackles for loss 4.5 112 4.8 96
Sacks 1.67 92 2.00 69
Sacks allowed 2.67 103 1.83 61
Third-down conversion 0.466 28 0.448 37
Third-down defense 0.413 88 0.302 23
Fourth-down conversion 0.250 124 0.556 50
Fourth-down defense 0.625 98 0.375 25
Red zone offense 0.833 64 0.960 8
Red zone defense 0.857 85 0.706 14
First downs offense 143 22 141 27
First downs defense 136 105 107 44
Fewest penalties 7.33 100 6.67 80
Fewest penalty yards 57.50 70 69.67 111
Time of possession 29:46 69 31:24 40
Natl. rank* -1.9 76 9.7 22
Efficiency: Offense* 42.3 88 67.8 29
Efficiency: Defense* 31.3 114 69.7 31
Efficiency: Spec. Teams* 51.1 68 50.8 69
Efficiency: Overall* 33.7 105 72.7 25
Schedule strength* 117 117 21 21
*ESPN FPI analytics. Schedule strength does not include future opponents.
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