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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Playcalling Breakdown for CMU

Last week against WKU, the play calling was not the greatest.  Many fans felt there was a far too conservative gameplan, not to mention poor execution.  It was the worst of scenarios.  Whether or not you enjoyed the gameplan against Central Michigan, you have to say it was at least more liberal.  UK had a lot more success in the passing game, and found some good spots to run the ball.  Below is the breakdown of the playcalling and what I took away from it.  Your thoughts are also welcome. 

1st down (23 plays)
Run: 16 rushes for 41 yards
Pass: 4-6, 94 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack (-8 yards)

Outlook: Much like the game against WKU, the rushing attack was pretty poor on 1st down.  Only on 4 of those 16 rushes did Kentucky gain 5 or more yards, and the longest rush on 1st down was 8 yards.  That will continue to put UK in 2nd and long situations, which is not where this offense needs to be.  But, the passing game was more effective on 1st down this week, including the TD pass to King.  Are you listening Joker?  THE PASSING GAME WAS EFFECTIVE ON 1ST DOWN.  Just a thought.  Through 2 games on 1st down, Kentucky has run the ball 29 times and called a passing play 14 times.   
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2nd down and 7 or less (10 plays)
Run: 8 rushes for 150 yards, 1 TD
Pass: 1-2, 0 yards

2nd down and 8 or more (9 plays) 
Run: 3 rushes for 25 yards
Pass: 1-5, 3 yards, 1 INT, 1 sack (-4 yards)

Outlook: Last week, only 3 of UK’s 17 2nd down plays were 2nd down and 7 or less.  That is a horrible ratio.  This week was much better.  Not completely where Joker and staff would like it, but closer.  And Kentucky had great success in the rushing attack in 2nd and short situations.  The Clemons touchdown run was included in that set of plays.  What I find most interesting is this: In situations were RUN was the best choice (2nd and shorts), Kentucky had a lot of success.  In situations where PASS was the obvious choice (2nd and longs), Kentucky had very little success.  That might tell you where the strengths of this offense lie. 
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3rd down and 7 or less (6 plays)
Run: 3 rushes for 21 yards
Pass: 1-3, 6 yards

3rd down and 8 or more (5 plays)
Run: 2 rushes for 14 yards
Pass: 2-2, 11 yards, 1 sack (-1 yard)

Outlook: Kentucky only converted 3-11 on 3rd down against Central Michigan, but a couple of those were key plays in the 2nd half.  Even still, Kentucky has to get better on 3rd downs.  Nick Saban has said before the 2 keys to every game are 3rd down conversions and red zone defense.  Kentucky is 6-24 on 3rd down conversions this season.  If you want a quick fix to see improvement in this team, that is where I would look.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

13 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Playcalling Breakdown for CMU



  1. Hard Hittin' CAT
    9:14 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    We should be able to run the ball effectively with our experienced line up front. If we can stay out of 3 and long situations Newton’s versatility and our young RB’s should give us good options to keep the chains moving and control some tempo.

    GO CATS!!!

    Loserville, how does FIU’s A$$ taste? lmfao



  2. Charlie Strong
    9:21 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    You think Joker will have room on his staff after I am proven to be a fraud as a head coach?



  3. Holden McGroin
    9:32 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Cards are next! Drexel, Morehead in Bball, now FIU in football. I love it! It just gets easier and easier to pile it on Loserville.
    GO CATS!!!!



  4. horny uk fan
    9:39 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Entourage is over…..DAMN! Sundays won’t be the same.



  5. Catman
    9:45 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    When the heck is UK going to start using the TE’s in the passing game?? Those 5-7 yd routes are open across the middle almost every play.



  6. Major
    9:58 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    The problem on third down would not exist if we were better on first and second down. We rarely had 3rd and 1 or 2’s. It’s always 3rd and 5-10.



  7. Calipari'sInYourEar
    10:00 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I hope opposing teams assistant coaches get lazy and instead of watching UK film thoroughly they take BTI’s word for the stats.

    Also, to give a game by game breakdown like this followed by critical analysis is more than ignorant. No college coach worth a squirt of piss is going to open up his playbook further than they have to when playing cupcakes in the beginning of the season. If you give future opponents all your plays and tendencies then you better be bigger and faster because you have lost the element of suprise. I’d doubt if we’ve made it past the first 10 plays yet (with right and left variations).

    But if some of you people who never played the game want to continue to follow BTI down the path of “but I can win at TechmoBowl” then enjoy your fruity drinks to your hearts content.



  8. Holden McGroin
    10:10 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Go Cats!



  9. BhamJ
    10:14 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    “No college coach worth a squirt of piss is going to open up his playbook further than they have to when playing cupcakes in the beginning of the season.”

    ^This.

    We should have physically dominated both those teams (and eventually did to some degree). We should have done better, but on the whole we won two games and still have something extra for Louisville.



  10. Cat fan
    10:58 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Goes to show ksr does not really Get it when it comes to football x’s and o’s. A football season is a progression. You take steps from game to game. The first two games are essentially feeling out the abilities of your team. Game plans change with your opponents. I suggest you stick to basketball news. Lately even that has been deficient and stale.



  11. Buzzard
    11:06 am September 12, 2011 Permalink

    who else thinks is sucks that they took down the ‘Ring of Honor’ to put up advertisments.
    Even during the National Anthem they had a coke add.
    And most of the time our new giant video screens are advertisments.



  12. 1daysoon
    1:08 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    BTI, Couldn’t you at least use a picture of UK-CMU?
    What two teams are these?



  13. 1daysoon
    1:18 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    BTI,

    Couldn’t you at least use a picture of UK-CMU rather than these two generic teams?