An After Action Review, or AAR, is a US Army evaluation tool used to analyze an intended mission/action. Let’s apply this method to the Kentucky-Georgia football game:
WHAT WERE INTENDED RESULTS
Win the football game
WHAT WERE ACTUAL RESULTS
Lost the football game 27-24
WHAT CAUSED OUR RESULTS
— Much like you’ll later read with penalties; the moments in which the Wildcats turned the football over to Georgia proved to be a formidable hurdle.
— On 3rd down while leading 21-13 Stephen Johnson completed a pass to Garrett Johnson that would have resulted in a 1st down. Johnson fumbled, Georgia recovered.
— On the very next offensive possession now up 21-16 WR Jeff Badet bobbled a perfectly thrown post route from QB Stephen Johnson directly into the hands of Deandre Baker. Arguably a clean pitch and catch would have resulted in a touchdown.
— UK was penalized 5 times for 40 yards.
— The timing of the penalties proved to be the dagger.
— Austin MacGinnis field goal was nullified to begin the 3rd quarter due to a holding call.
— Stephen Johnson to Tavin Richardson late 1st half completion to set up a field goal opportunity was called back after the Wildcats were whistled for holding.
— Kentucky finished the game 3/13 or 23%.
— Georgia converted 6/14; 42%. Drives were extended which calculated to winning the Time of Possession battle 33:59 to 26:01.
WHAT WILL WE SUSTAIN? IMPROVE?
- Jordan Jones: 10 total tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble
- Josh Allen: 8 tackles, .5 TFL, 1 forced fumble
- Courtney Love: 7 tackles
- Kash Daniel had two crushing tackles
- Cats were not hurt by a dangerous Georgia return game
Boom and Benny Show
- Boom Williams: 14 carries, 77 yards, 1 TD
- Benny Snell: 21 carries, 114 yards, 2 TDs
— Drops are a subjective statistic. Wildcat pass catchers mishandled 4 passes at a minimum.
— Opposing defenses are condensing or loading the tackle box when facing Eddie Gran’s wildcat formation. Benny Snell has succeeded even with the writing on the wall of a pending rush.
— Red Zone shrinks the wildcat’s capabilities; this especially applies from the 10 to 5-yard line. The Wildcat again becomes applicable inside the 5.
— Kentucky will need to pass, reverse, and/or establish a wildcat variety package going forward.
— Kentucky was presented with an opportunity to blow the game wide open with a 14-13 lead in the 3rd quarter. Back-to-back WR turnovers and a holding penalty on a field goal inhibited the potential route. Final score: UK 24 UGA 27.
**Just as Kentucky had to learn how to win, it now must learn how to route.**
— Game in control up 35-10 over Southern Miss was the first instance in which Kentucky failed to route (Blow out) an opponent. The Cats did not score another point. Final score: UK 44 USM 35.
— Vanderbilt: Leading 17-3 in the 3rd quarter a Boom Williams fumble resulted in a Commodore scoop and score. Final score: UK 20 VU 13.
— Mississippi State: A Stephen Johnson 4th quarter, Red Zone fumble led to a Bulldog scoop and score while the Cats were leading 34-24. Knocking on the door up 10 reverted to a 34-31 close ball game. Final score: UK 40 MSU 38.
— UK took a 35-7 lead into the 4th quarter vs. Missouri. Long punt return set up a 1-yard Augusta TD was followed by a one play, 57-yard touchdown pass. Final score: 35-21.