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

© Denny Medley | USATSI

© Denny Medley | USATSI

I think we are all ready to anoint this defense as the best in modern UK history and the performance against Missouri might have been the best yet.  The 2nd half stats are almost too good to believe against a high powered offense like Mizzou.  And it is because of that defense that you can easily reason how UK can beat Georgia on Saturday.  It only seems the defense is getting better, as evidenced by the state below:

1st Down
Run: 15 rushes, 60 yards
Pass: 3-9, 62 yards (1 sack)

Combined Season Stats
Run: 110 rushes, 472 yards, 1 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 42-91, 449 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (9 sacks)

Recap: After a couple early big passes, UK absolutely shut down any kind of passing game, especially in the 2nd half.  The rushing defense was solid as well, holding the Tigers to just 4 yards per carry.  On the year, quarterbacks are completely only 45% of their passes on 1st down against the Cats.

2nd Down
Run: 13 rushes, 33 yards, 1 TD
Pass: 5-8, 49 yards

Combined Season Stats
Run: 79 rushes, 313 yards, 2 TD
Pass: 35-61, 351 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, (7 sacks, 2 fumble recovery)

Recap: Very, very good production here.  Mizzou was stuffed consistently on the ground and were limited to short completions through the air.  Just dominant performance.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: No Plays
Pass: 5-6, 34 yards (converted 1 of 6)

Overall Season Statistics
Run: 8 rushes, 115 yards, 1 TD (converted 3 of 8)
Pass: 33-55, 398 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks (converted 15 of 59)

Recap: Once again, the UK pass defense gets off the field.  Allowing 5 completions but only 1 conversion shows great coverage and tackling.  This has been an absolute certainty all season long and Georgia doesn’t seem to have the big play ability for that to change Saturday.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Run: 5 rushes, 8 yards, 1 TD (converted 2 of 5)
Pass: 2-4, 20 yards, 1 sack (converted 2 of 5)

Overall Season Statistics
Run: 25 rushes, 76 yards, 1 TD (converted 15 of 25)
Pass: 18-29, 216 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks (converted 17 of 32)

Recap: By far the best the Cats have been on 3rd and short all season.  They have progressively been better here at just the right time.  If they can continue this against Georgia, expect another low scoring affair.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

1 Comment for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown (Missouri)



  1. UKfanman01
    10:45 am October 30, 2018 Permalink

    They’ll beat UGA by 10 and still rank 9 next week with by far the best resumè in the top 10, minus Notre Dame