An After Action Review is an Army method utilized to analyze an intended action. Let’s apply a version of this process to the Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt football game to determine what caused the final outcome as well as addressing the Cat’s need to sustain and improve:
WHAT WERE INTENDED RESULTS
-Win the football game.
WHAT WERE ACTUAL RESULTS
-Won the football game 44-21.
WHAT CAUSED OUR RESULTS
-47 carries, 232-yards, 5 touchdowns, 4.9 yards per rush.
-Benny Snell: 17 carries, 116-yards, 6.8 yards per rush, 3 TD’s.
-Sihiem King: 15 rushes, 69-yards, 4.6 yards per carry, 2 TD’s.
-Stephen Johnson: 9 carries, 4.9 yards per rush, 44-yards.
-Best offensive line performance of 2017.
-Tight end CJ Conrad continued to display why he’s the most complete TE in the SEC by delivering critical blocks in the run game.
Steady quarterback play
–Stephen Johnson 13/17 (76.4%), 195-yards, averaged 15 yards per completion. 9 carries, 44-yards.
-Johnson did fumble which led to a Ralph Webb 1st quarter touchdown. 7-0 was VU’s last lead of the football game.
-UK’s RPO (Run/Pass/Option) series was successful due to Johnson’s multiple reads and proper decision making.
Line of scrimmage
-Offensively sustained drives due to effective OL and tight end blocking.
-Excelled in red-zone (4-4), 3 rushing touchdowns.
-Originated defensive push vs. Vanderbilt run game and provided an organic pass rush without the necessity of blitzing.
WHAT WILL WE SUSTAIN–IMPROVE?
-Redshirt Freshman Drake Jackson excelled in man-on-man blocking vs. NT as well as efficiently providing double teams while directing the Wildcat offensive line.
-Guards Logan Stenberg and Bunchy Stallings were also highly effective in opening running lanes.
-Allowed just 1 quarterback sack.
-Rolled up 427-yards.
-Limited Commodores to 20 carries, 60-yards, 3.0 yards per attempt.
-Kentucky did not have a defensive player with more than 5 total tackles. Was a collective effort.
–Vanderbilt accumulated 368 total yards. Several from that total came in the latter portion of the game with the result already decided.
-Forced QB Kyle Shurmur to be uncomfortable in the pocket. Also limited the quarterback to 10.3 yards per completion.
-Limited RB Ralph Webb to 70-yards.
-The true freshman tallied 192 all-purpose yards which included 79 receiving and 113 from kickoff returns.
-The threat of Bowden aligned at different pre-snap launch points is forcing opposing defenses to adjust fronts/coverages.
-3 catches, 79-yards, 26.3 yards per catch.
-UK averaged 56.5 yards per kick-return.
Defensive explosive plays
-6 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback sacks, 4 interceptions.
-Again, Kentucky’s defensive success started with enhanced defensive line production.
-Improved play from the nose tackle position continues to be an upward trend.
-64 plays, 427-yards, 44 points.
-Averaged 6.7 yards per gain.
-Had 10 rushing first downs and 8 that was a result of a pass.
–Averaged 15 yards per pass completion and 4.9 yards per rush.
-Won time of possession: UK-33:29, VU-26:31. 2nd quarter results: UK-10:15, VU-4:45.
-Offensive line pre-snap-penalties slowed drives.
-UK was penalized 9 times for 61-yards.
-Kentucky was issued a sideline warning during a period of the game when it was focused on maintaining clock movement.
Allowed tackles for loss
-Vanderbilt registered 7 TFL’s.
-Many TFL’s occurred on 1st down which put the Cats behind the chains.
-UK has surrendered 62 TFL’s in 10 games.
3rd down efficiency
-High number of failed 3rd down attempts were from 3rd and 6-plus downs which were a result of negative 1st yard plays.
-41.67% on the season, UK stayed to trend.
Touchdowns off turnovers
-Kentucky scored 6-points off turnovers (two field goals), Vanderbilt scored a touchdown off the Wildcat’s only turnover.
-End of half clock scenario limited one touchdown scoring opportunity.
What does all this mean?
Kentucky won the majority of statistical comparisons which resulted in a comfortable 44-21 victory. The Cardiac Cats gave its fans a break on Saturday with a complete game, dominating performance. Both sides of the line-of-scrimmage were improved. Kentucky is 7-3.