For the stats enthusiest

How Bishop played:

1st half - 9 series averages:
4.22 downs, 1:31, 12.11 yd, 0.44 points
2nd half - 4 series averages:
5.00 downs, 2:19, 27.75 yd, -0.25 points
game - 13 series average:
4.46 downs, 1:45, 16.92 yd, 0.23 points

1st down - 1/9 run (28 yd), 4/17 pass (51 yd, 2 INT), 5/26 First down conversion (19.2%)
2nd down - 2/6 run (37 yd), 5/12 pass (62 yd, 2 sack, 1 Fumble), 1 penalty (-5 yd), 7/19 First down conversion (36.8%)
3rd down - 1 run (1 yd), 4/4 FG, 1 safety, 4 punt, 1/10 First down conversion (10.0%)
Total down conversion: 13/26 (50.0%)

Bishop's 13 "Drives" went for 1, 12, 11, 9, 36, 4, 5, 5, 26, 51, 2, 24, and 34 yards
Durant's drive went for 68 yards
BC's defence scored 9 points (INT TD and Safety), while the Sask offence only scored 12.

How the defence played:

1st half - 8 series average:
5.00 downs, 2:00, 25.38 yd, 1.75 points
2nd half - 5 series average:
7.40 downs, 3:21, 49.80 yd, 2.50 points
game - 13 series:
5.92 downs, 2:31, 34.77 yd, 2.00 points

1st down - 0/10 Run (42 yd), 5/16 Pass (130 yd, 1 TD), 3 Penalty (-20 yd), 5/29 conversion (17.2%)
2nd down - 4/5 Run (65 yd), 5/16 Pass (44 yd, 1TD, 1 Sack, 1 Fumble), 1 Penalty (5 yd), 9/22 conversion (40.9%)
3rd down - 1/1 Run, 3/3 FG, 7 punt (1 block, 1 fumbled return), 2/11 conversion (18.2%)
Total Down conversion: 16/29 (55.2%)

BC's drives went for 21, 7, 16, 43, 15, 17, 75, 9, 45, 75, 7, 20, and 102 yards

The offence let us down the whole game. The defence let us down in the 2nd half (although they had that blocked kick and the sack / fumble, which was still not enough to ignite the offence). Holding a team to 7 punts and 3 FG is usually enough of a defensive performance to win a game.

The magic number this year was 20.

If the offence could put together 20 first downs, over the course of the game, we won the game. The defence also won us games 1, 2, and 9, where we only managed 19, 17, and 12 first downs.

Breaking it down by QB's 1st down conversion (how well they ran the offence - Regular season):

Crandell - 24.35% (1st down), 40.96% (2nd down), 62/115 - 53.91% (Overall)
Bishop - 33.06% (1st down), 46.05% (2nd down), 151/245 - 61.63% (Overall)
Durant - 28.08% (1st down), 44.90% (2nd down), 85/146 - 58.22% (Overall)
Jyles - 30.26% (1st down), 48.15% (2nd down), 49/76 - 64.47% (Overall)

Breaking it down game-by-game:
(First down) - (2nd down) - (# first downs) - (Overall) - (Result)

Game 1 - 27.59% - 47.37% - 19 - 65.52% W
Game 2 - 20.69% - 29.17% - 17 - 58.62% W
Game 3 - 26.67% - 61.90% - 21 - 70.00% W
Game 4 - 37.21% - 52.38% - 29 - 67.44% W
Game 5 - 34.29% - 50.00% - 23 - 65.71% W
Game 6 - 30.56% - 43.48% - 22 - 61.11% W
Game 7 - 20.00% - 47.37% - 15 - 60.00% L
Game 8 - 20.00% - 30.43% - 15 - 50.00% L
Game 9 - 23.08% - 20.00% - 12 - 46.15% W
Game 10 - 41.03% - 61.90% - 29 - 74.36% W
Game 11 - 35.29% - 20.00% - 19 - 55.88% L
Game 12 - 19.35% - 35.00% - 13 - 41.94% L
Game 13 - 29.41% - 33.33% - 17 - 50.00% L
Game 14 - 28.13% - 57.14% - 22 - 68.75% W
Game 15 - 30.30% - 30.00% - 17 - 51.52% L
Game 16 - 28.95% - 56.00% - 25 - 65.79% W
Game 17 - 23.33% - 56.52% - 21 - 70.00% W
Game 18 - 34.15% - 66.67% - 30 - 73.17% W

Bishop gave us our 2 best offensive showings of the year, converting 74.36% of his series of downs in game 10 (Banjo Bowl) and 73.17% of his series in game 18 (Toronto). But he also gave us our two worst offensive showings of the year, with 41.94% in game 12 (Calgary) and 46.15% in game 9 (Labour Day).

Crandell gave us consistantly poor offensive showings, with 65.59%, 58.62%, 60.00%, and 50.00%.

Durant showed very well and consistant in all of his starts, with 70.00%, 67.44%, 65.71%, and 65.79%

Jyles' numbers were bolstered by Bishop's in his only start. But Jyles proved he is our best backup QB, if not our best QB.

In terms of the coaching decisions, the value of the trade for Bishop is debateable. He put up better numbers overall than Crandell, but was terribly inconsistant. As a veteran, that is not something that you're looking for. As far as selecting a QB to take you into the playoffs, the numbers support the choice of Bishop over Durant. Bishop was also the hot hand at the time, with a game and a half of moving the offence really well.

But in the playoffs, 13 first downs is not 20, and the defence couldn't save us, even though they held BC to only 16.