An After Action Review is an Army method utilized to analyze an intended action. Let’s apply a version of this process to the Kentucky vs. Florida football game to determine what the Cat’s need to sustain and improve:
WHAT WERE INTENDED RESULTS
Win the football game.
WHAT WERE ACTUAL RESULTS
Lost the football game 27-28
WHAT CAUSED OUR RESULTS
Two sideline to field miscommunications that resulted in two touchdowns unguarded Florida receivers.
— Wide open and unmatched Gator pass catchers accounted for 14 of its 28 points. That’s 50% if my math is correct. Gift wrapping a couple scores will get any team beat in most situations. It did so on Saturday.
Ineffective 3rd down offense
— 1/10 for the game; 10%. UF was allowing 35% for the season. First down ineffectiveness led to this result along with penalties, bad snaps, and other pertinent factors.
— Kentucky is at its best when play action passing on first down. This method decreased in the second half following an impressive third quarter scoring drive to move the score to 21-14.
— Far too many 3rd and 8+ downs which fed into the strengths of the Florida defense which lied within its pass rushing defensive ends.
— 7 penalties for 55-yards were not an overwhelmingly large total. But, it was the timing of the flags that decreased the Cat’s likelihood for winning the football game.
— Nick Haynes’ holding call is the most discussed, but others were equally as detrimental.
— Holding can be called on every football play in all football games. But, the game should have never been in question for the Haynes’ flag to cause such a fuss.
Lost the 4th quarter
— Florida controlled time of possession: 10:52 to 3:25. It scored 14 points by converting 4/7 on 3rd down and 2/3 on fourth. The Gators rushed the football 15 times for 70-yards and Luke Del Rio completed 6/9 passes for 80.
— Kentucky lacked offensive flow and possessions (3). It went 0/3 on third down, 1/1 on fourth while managing just 42 total yards and 3-points.
WHAT WILL WE SUSTAIN–IMPROVE?
— 67,606 blue cladded fans packed the stadium. The BBN was the MVP of the game; not close.
— Kroger Field was loud when the Gator’s possessed the football.
— Cat Walk was amazing.
— Well done BBN.
Continued, consistent quarterback play
— UK’s top offensive weapon is quarterback Stephen Johnson. Period. The senior completed 68% of his passes (17/25) for 196-yards, and 3 touchdowns. Four quarters worth of opportunities would have provided larger numbers and could have sparked a Wildcat victory.
Outside linebacker Josh Allen
— 8 total tackles, 1 QB sack, 1 tackle for loss, and one pass breakup vs. All SEC left tackle Martez Ivey. This film will be utilized by NFL Draft early entry committee following the 2017 season. Allen made himself some money on Saturday.
— Allen is playing as good as any Edge defender in the SEC; some say the nation.
— There was no differential in roster talent from my viewpoint.
— Florida’s defensive line was more explosive, but it could be argued that Kentucky’s was deeper with consistent effectiveness.
— A second running back appeared and did so in impressive fashion. King’s stat line: 5 carries, 64-yards rushing, 1 catch for 24 receiving.
Lynn Bowden diversity
— Returned kicks, ran and passed out of the Wildcat formation.
— Factoring from the WR position will only benefit Gran’s offense.
— Quietly, Lamar Thomas’ group has improved on a weekly basis. Five receivers caught passes on Saturday led by senior Garrett Johnson’s 4 for 56-yards and a score. Blake Bone grabbed a touchdown as well.
— The senior played his best game as a Wildcat. In addition to 4 catches for 28-yards, Walker totaled 115 all-purpose yards to include 87 in the return game.
Maintaining presence of most threatening offensive players for 4 quarters
— Stephen Johnson is the most threatening offensive players. UK is at its best when it diversifies and leans on the senior in play action pass scenarios. This decreased in the latter portion of the game.
— CJ Conrad is arguably (in my opinion definitely) the best tight end in the Southeastern Conference. 2 catches for 34-yards and a score was efficient, but he is an elite weapon. While the Gators may have been keying on the junior, but more passes in his direction betters the Cat’s execution.
Defensive sideline to field communication
— Structure had been a defensive strength in Kentucky’s first three victories. Two unexplainable mishaps led to 14 free points as Gator receivers were left unguarded that resulted in 14-points.
1st down offense
— The difference in scoring drives and those that resulted in punts or missed field goals occurred on first down. Kentucky couldn’t afford to get behind the chains. It did so on far too many occasions.
3rd down offense
— 1/10, 10%
Sustaining the defensive point of attack
— This mainly occurred in the 4th quarter when Florida rushed the football for 70-yards. The Gators utilized bunch or overload formations to gain the edge with power and zone run plays. This is not totally on the defense. Again; UF controlled the clock for nearly eleven minutes as the offense failed to continue drives. UK’s defense was on the field far too long in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
— Bad snaps, penalties, and senior quarterback Stephen Johnson taking two sacks were tremendous mishaps.
— QB Stephen Johnson was sacked four times. He was pressured on multiple other occasions.
— See “What caused the results” section of this post.
What does all this mean?
Kentucky let a win slip out of its hands on Saturday. Arguably the better team, UK did not play clean, had far too many mental errors, and failed to capitalize during opportune situations.