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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown (Auburn)


© Mark Zerof

© Mark Zerof

The breakdown of the offensive production in various situations against Auburn, as well as the combined season statistics through 6 games in each of those situations:

1ST DOWN
Run: 15 rushes for 63 yards (4.2 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 14-21, 157 yards, 1 INT

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 88 rushes for 451 yards (5.1 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 54-79, 599 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT, 6 sacks for -45 yards

RECAP: If you can ignore that crippling interception in the endzone in the 1st half, the UK passing attack was very effective against Auburn.  The rushing attack was mediocre.  After beginning the year averaging 6 and 7 yards per carry on 1st down, they have really declined as SEC play has begun and now are more in the 4-5 yards per carry range.  Not terrible.  Not great.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 7 rushes for 65 yards (9.3 ypc)
Pass: 5-8, 51 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 47 rushes for 256 yards (5.4 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 24-46, 320 yards, 2 sacks for -16 yards

RECAP: This is an interesting set of plays because they look pretty on paper.  Over 9 yards per carry, nice completion percentage and yardage.  Here’s what these stats don’t show you.  The rushing stats include Boom’s 60 yard run.  Meaning the other 6 carries on 2nd and long during the game resulted in 5 yards.  What about the passing game?  5 of 8 is nice.  What you don’t see is all 3 incompletions were drops.  If there was a perfect picture of this UK season, it would be these 15 plays.  Potential but missing the little things.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 5 rushes for 14 yards (2.8 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 3-5, 40 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 24 rushes for 77 yards (3.2 ypc), 5 TD
Pass: 10-14, 76 yards, 1 INT

RECAP: UK pounded in 2 touchdowns in goaline situations but overall not much going here.  Towles did complete 2 passes for 1st downs as well.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 1 rush for 13 yards (13.0 ypc) (converted 1 of 1)
Pass: 4-7, 104 yards (converted 4 of 7)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 8 rushes for 111 yards (13.9 ypc), 1 TD (converted 6 of 8)
Pass: 26-44, 401 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 6 sacks for -43 yards (converted 17 of 50)

RECAP: Before this game UK had completed 22 passes on 3rd and long but only converted 14 of those completions into 1st downs.  That is baffling why UK wasn’t throwing the ball past the line to gain.  They did an excellent job against Auburn doing that.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 1 rush for 1 yard (1.0 ypc) (converted 0 of 1)
Pass: 0-2, 2 sacks for -15 yards (converted 0 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 16 rushes for 50 yards (3.1 ypc) (converted 9 of 16)
Pass: 4-11, 67 yards, 3 sacks for -25 yards (converted 4 of 14)

RECAP: Amazingly, Kentucky was much more successful in 3rd and long situations than 3rd and short.  They continue to be unable to gain the tough yards when they count.  Also, it is interesting they chose to throw the ball more in this scenario than in previous games.  Don’t know if that was a scheme decision or a lack of confidence in the running game.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

3 responses to “BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown (Auburn)”

  1. bluetwo2

    He Bryan how bout a stat for how much Towles struggles when he is backed up inside the 25yrd line.
    Remember the should have been pick 6? All the previous games where he went into panic mode. These are the stats that are killing us!

  2. yoga

    Best defensive play for uk – when westry(?) poked their best receiver in the eye! Fewer pass attempts after that play.

    1. Hilarious

      Still trollin….