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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown (Vanderbilt)


Each Tuesday I will break down the defensive numbers in hopefully a more interesting way that you normally see.  I like to see if there are certain situations where the UK defense excels, based on down and distance.  I will also keep a running count of the stats over the course of the season.  Against Vandy, one of the better all-around performances of the season.  UK continually got Vandy into bad situations, they turned them over, got a few sacks, and got off the field on 3rd down:           

1st Down
Pass: 12-18, 138 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 2 sacks for -10 yards
Run: 9 rushes for 44 yards (4.9 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 112-163, 1446 yards, 8 TD, 4 INT, 7 sacks for -50 yards
Run: 125 rushes for 587 yards, 3 TD (4.7 ypc)

Breakdown: On the positive side, UK forced 2 turnovers and had 2 sacks.  But they still gave up serious yards through the air and nearly 5 yards per carry.  If the pass defense can continue to force TO’s, then this is OK.  But if they don’t, still far too much yardage here.
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2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 9-10, 51 yards, 1 sack for -6 yards
Run: 2 rushes for 5 yards (2.5 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 52-79, 471 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 4 sacks for -37 yards
Run: 68 rushes for 287 yards (4.2 ypc)

Breakdown: While Vandy completed 9 out of 10 passes, those completions only netted 5.5 yards per completion and never more than 10 yards.  So a fairly positive outcome here.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Pass: 2-4, 15 yards, 1 INT, 1 sack for -7 yards
Run: 1 rush for 3 yards (3.0 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 20-27, 241 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -15 yards
Run: 39 rushes for 181 yards (4.6 ypc)

Breakdown: Limited selection with just 6 plays but great defense during those plays, including a turnover and sack.
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3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 3-5, 39 yards (converted 1 of 5)
Run: No Plays

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 29-53, 362 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT, 12 sacks for -89 yards (converted 14 of 65)
Run: 12 rushes for 76 yards (6.3 ypc), 1 TD (converted 4 of 14)

Breakdown: Another fantastic performance in this scenario.  If there is one thing that has been consistent all year it has been 3rd and long defense for the Cats and getting off the field in these situations.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 2-4, 12 yards, 1 INT, 1 sack for -7 yards (converted 2 of 5)
Run: 3 rushes for 44 yards (14.7 ypc), 1 TD (converted 2 of 3)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 21-34, 140 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -10 yards (converted 17 of 35)
Run: 36 rushes for 204 yards, 4 TD (5.7 ypc) (converted 24 of 36)

Breakdown: Once again, UK’s defense comes through in 3rd down and short.  Holding Vandy to just a 50% conversion is a wonderful stat and is a deflating thing for the other team.

Article written by Bryan the Intern