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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown

On Monday’s throughout the football season, I will breakdown UK’s success or lack thereof in each of the scenarios they will face on the offensive side of the ball.  So far this season, we have seen UK score touchdowns and have big plays in multiple scenarios, as well as seeing a nice balance of passing and running plays.  But on Saturday, UK saw some problems they hadn’t experienced in their first 2 games, especially on 3rd down.  So below you will find the UL numbers, as well as the cumulative season stats in all categories.

1st Down
Pass: 16 plays (8-16, 93 yds)
Run: 12 rushes for 68 yards, 1 fumble

Analysis: Tale of 2 halves on 1st down for the Cats.  In the first half, UK rushed for 9 YARDS on 6 carries on 1st down.  That just won’t cut it and put the Cats in many 2nd and long situations.  Then in the 2nd half, JoJo Kemp broke a couple longer runs and Whitlow had some decent gains in the passing game, especially in the 4th quarter.  There is a trend emerging through 3 games.  SUCCESS ON 1ST DOWN EQUALS WINS.  LESS SUCCESS EQUALS LOSSES.  

Cumulative Season Stats
Pass: 47 plays (29-44, 363 yds, 2 TD, 3 sacks for -20 yds)
Run: 45 rushes for 320 yards, 1 TD, 2 fumbles
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2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 8 plays (5-8, 74 yds)
Run: 8 rushes for 51 yards

Analysis: UK hit 2 long pass plays in this scenario and had 2 runs over 10 yards, but overall, a fairly so-so group of plays here.  The problem is they were faced with this situation 16 times during the game, way too many times to find a high level of success.  Nice to see a good balance of run and pass plays here, which has been the case in all 3 games and has to keep the defenses guessing.

Cumulative Season Stats
Pass: 20 plays (12-20, 128 yds)
Run: 22 rushes for 140 yards, 1 TD
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2nd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 4 plays (2-4, 28 yds, 1 TD)
Run: 3 rushes for 13 yards

Analysis: The one bright spot was the Alex Montgomery TD catch, the only TD the Cats scored.  But beyond that, the Cats did very little in this situation.  But, they only faced this scenario 7 times all game, compared to 16 plays of 2nd and Long.

Cumlative Season Stats
Pass: 10 plays (6-10, 106 yds, 2 TD)
Rush: 15 rushes for 127 yards, 1 TD
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3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 6 plays (1-6, 7 yds, 1 INT)
Rush: 1 rush for 9 yards

Analysis: Yuck.  Here would be my one and only complaint about Jalen Whitlow on Saturday.  In this situation, where pass is almost a certainty, he went 1-5 with an interception.  When the defense knew he would pass, they easily defended him.  And that has to be a worry.  This is one of the only times so far this season where UK has been this week in any of these situations.

Cumlative Season Stats
Pass: 19 plays (10-19, 199 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Rush: 4 rushes for 22 yards
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3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 2 plays (0-2)
Run: 4 rushes for 0 yards, 1 fumble

Analysis: 3rd down was just a horrible down for Kentucky on Saturday.  UL had their number in nearly every situation and much like they were able to defend Whitlow and Smith on 3rd and long, the UK running backs were ineffective on 3rd and short.  Just a disappointing group of 12 plays for Kentucky on 3rd down.

Cumlative Season Stats
Pass: 8 plays (2-8, 33 yds)
Rush: 9 rushes for 16 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown



  1. Delk for 3
    9:47 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    I think BTI is a smart dude, and so I think his time could be better spent writing something other than these “stat” pieces. They are pretty boring. I don’t see this as a reflection of BTI, but as a reflection of the topics he often chooses.



  2. goUKats
    9:48 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Nice statistical analysis,however,it still boils down to throing and catching the ball.As we have seen,UK has some players who have difficulty doing either.



  3. Kyle Tucker's Hair Piece
    10:00 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    “3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
    Pass: 6 plays (1-6, 7 yds, 1 INT)
    Rush: 1 rush for 9 yards

    Analysis: Yuck. Here would be my one and only complaint about Jalen Whitlow on Saturday. ”

    3rd down was your only issue with Jalen Saturday? He skipped passes to receivers, and threw a costly interception to the front pylon of the end zone. A 10 yr old knows you throw it to the back of the end zone, and not the front pylon. That was a huge mistake.



  4. COACH RUPP
    2:25 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    I have never seen so many dropped passes in a college football game in my life… many of them was wide open passes…. You wont beat good teams dropping the ball…



  5. Fat Mike
    3:25 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Nice call Bryan about how Vegas can’t get the point spreads right in the UK/UL series last week. The final line was 14, EXACTLY where the game ended up. Good call…. as usual.



  6. mudcreekmark
    6:56 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    This is some great information to have after each game. Keep up the good work.