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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Playcalling Breakdown for Florida Game

1st down (30 plays)
Run: 14 rushes for 38 yards
Pass: 9-16, 62 yards

Recap: For the first time this season, UK THREW the ball more on first down than they rushed it.  And amazingly, it was successful in the first half.  At one point in the game, Morgan Newton was 8-9 on first down passes.  It seemed to keep Florida guessing and getting the Cats some manageable 2nd and 3rd down situations.  Of course, they then proceeded to jack up those situations, but overall, I really liked the play calling one first down for the first time this season.  The running attack is still very anemic on first down.  Now for the season, the Cats are averaging just over 2 yards per carry on 1st down.   

Season Combined (102 plays)
Run: 58 rushes for 137 yards (2.3 ypc)
Pass: 20-39, 247 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 5 sacks (-37 yards)


2nd down and 7 or less (12 plays)
Run: 8 rushes for 31 yards (1 lost fumble)
Pass: 3-4, 26 yards, 1 TD

Recap:  This has actually been a generally successful spot for UK to be in all season, but in Saturday’s game, it was the situation that had the biggest play of the game, and that was the Clemons fumble.  It was also in this situation where UK scored its only touchdown, but overall, UK didn’t have many plays in 2nd and short spots.   

Season Combined (34 plays)
Run: 21 rushes for 188 yards, 1 TD (1 lost fumble)
Pass: 10-13, 48 yards, 1 TD


2nd down and 8 or more (16 plays)
Run: 5 rushes for 36 yards
Pass: 6-9, 64 yards, 2 sacks (-9 yards)

Recap: Well, much like the 2nd and short plays, Kentucky had some success in these situations, but when they messed up, they messed up big time.  Newton was sacked and fumbled in this situation, a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.  But overall, UK averaged over 7 yards per carry and over 10 yards per completion in 2nd and long situations, so maybe the offense is slightly improving.  It’s just those huge mistakes that killed them in this game. 

Season Combined (56 plays)
Run: 20 rushes for 90 yards
Pass: 18-31, 211 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 5 sacks (-33 yards)

3rd down and 7 or less (11 plays)
Run: 3 rushes for 38 yards
Pass: 3-6, 8 yards, 2 sack (-7 yards)

Recap: The rushing number is inflated by a 31 yard Newton scramble in the 1st half, and beside that play, UK was pitiful in these situations.  The 8 times they dropped back to pass led to 3 incompletions, 2 sacks, and 1 completion for negative yardage.  Florida just dominated UK on 3rd down.  And as Nick Saban always says, the 2 biggest keys to any game is 3rd down and red zone defense. 

Season Combined (25 plays)
Run: 11 rushes for 92 yards, 1 TD
Pass: 11-21, 79 yards, 2 INT, 4 sacks (-25 yards)

3rd down and 8 or more (6 plays)
Run: 1 rush for 7 yards
Pass: 0-5, 0 yards, 1 INT

Recap: Wow.  That is just beyond terrible.  Honestly, I can not say whether or not this actually has anything to do with coaching and playcalling, or is just execution.  Because they called passes on 5 of the 6 3rd and long plays, but if Newton and Co. can’t complete a pass, then I don’t know what the coaches are to do.  Whereas on 1st and 2nd down, UK was actually pretty good on Saturday, on 3rd down they were about as bad as a team could be.   

Season Combined (24 plays)
Run: 9 rushes for 98 yards
Pass: 4-12, 42 yards, 1 INT, 2 sacks (-20 yards)

Article written by Bryan the Intern

7 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Playcalling Breakdown for Florida Game

  1. Jones Returns
    9:10 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    “UK 3 Goggles” in a music video…

  2. Big Blue Streeb
    9:23 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    For a group of mostly veteran players to be this ill prepared and mistake prone falls on the shoulders of the coaches. Our guys look lost and confused on offense 90% of the time. Either they are all morons or the coaching staff has done a terrible job getting them ready for games. I don’t think our players are dumb, but I do think our coaches suck.

  3. manbearpig
    9:31 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    #3 its just like last year except we had more talent/playmakers to pull us through. Every game last year the first half was sluggish and confusion abound but 9/10 would get it together at half time. This year…well not much I can say about our football team that hasn’t been said about Afghanistan, bombed out and depleted

  4. KevinC
    9:34 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Over-analyzing such a pathetic offense…and wasting bandwidth in doing so… makes about as much sense as bringing in a coroner to determine the cause of death on a shark victim.

  5. BigBlueLush
    9:52 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    First of all, we suck. Second of all, we suck. That is all.

  6. Don
    10:01 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Honestly, why is ANYONE surprised at our pathetic football program? Also, am I the only one that believes all the talk of throwing money at the program is not even in the top 5 for ways to turn things around? How does Vandy look as good as they do right now? Is it because of throwing money at the football program? Nope…

    It is exactly the same every single season. The naysayers get deleted and berated for being honest, and the optimistic dreamers end up joining said naysayers shortly into the season. We have seen our last win weeks ago.

  7. IloveUKFootball
    10:23 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    UK has always been bad, but at least in the past we’ve been competitive. This team would be competitive… in the OVC. And #6… its either we accept what we are or we start acting like an SEC football program. If we build it they will come. Look at Tennessee, they really look just like Kentucky, no football recruits in state, etc, however they’re good becuase they’ve built it. An huge stadium and all the facilities to match. UK needs to committ to spending the money. So we struggle for a few years financially, its beginning now anyway as the fans quit the football team. Just watch , UK’s Athletic Revenues will begin to decline as fan attendance declines. Why not make the committ money now while you’ve got some cash and spread it out over a few years. If you build it they will come… no question!!