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-Louisville football game:
WHAT WERE INTENDED RESULTS
— Win the football game.
WHAT WERE ACTUAL RESULTS
— Won the football game 41-38.
WHAT CAUSED OUR RESULTS
Offensive Line Dominance
-DT Deangelo Brown had 11 tackles for loss and 3 QB sacks going into the Governor’s Cup. He finished with 1 tackle and 1 roughing the passer penalty.
-OLB’s James Hearns and Devante Fields had combined for 18 tackles for loss and 13 QB sacks through 11 games. Hearns/Fields registered 4 combined tackles, 0 TFL, 0 QB sacks, and 1 QB hurry vs. Kentucky.
-Louisville’s defense was ranked 7th in the nation by allowing just 292 total yards per game. UK rolled up 581.
-Cardinal run defense was ranked 6th in the nation as it allowed 99 yards per game. UK ran for 229.
-UofL’s pass defense entered the Governor’s Cup ranked 23rd in the nation by giving up 193 yards per game. UK threw for 352 on Saturday.
Defensive Line Disruption
–Kentucky totaled 8 tackles for loss and 3 QB sacks.
-DE Alvonte Bell: 6 tackles and a pass breakup.
-DT Adrian Middleton: 6 tackles, 1 TFL.
-NT Naquez Pringle: 1 tackle, .5 QB sack.
-DE Courtney Miggins: 1 tackle, .5 QB sack.
-Jordan Jones: 10 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 QB sack.
-Courntney Love: 6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery.
-Denzil Ware: 7 tackles, 1 TFL.
-Josh Allen: 2 tackles, .5 QB sack, .5 TFL.
Safety Explosive Plays
-Mike Edwards: 6 tackles, 2 interceptions, .5 TFL, .5 QB sack.
-Blake McClain: 6 tackles, 1 INT.
-Marcus McWilson: 9 tackles, 2 TFL.
Offensive Explosive Touchdowns
-Garrett Johnson: 75 and 63-yard touchdown receptions.
-Dorian Baker: 35-yard touchdown reception.
-Rushing scores: 36-yard run by Boom Williams, Benny Snell rushed 18-yards for a TD.
WHAT WILL WE SUSTAIN? IMPROVE?
Stephen Johnson’s Passing
-16-27, 1 INT, 338 yards, 3 touchdowns.
Eddie Gran’s Play Calling
-72 offensive plays, 581 yards. 43 rushing attempts, 229 yards. 27 passing attempts, 352 yards.
-Gran appeared to be 2 plays ahead of UofL defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
-3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery.
-Louisville turned the football over on its last 2 offensive possessions of the game.
-Punter Grant McKinniss averaged just 35.8 yards per punt.
-Punt team limited the dangerous Cardinal returner Jaire Alexander: 2 returns, 6 yards.
Austin MacGinnis’ Heroics
-47 yard, game-winning field goal with :18 remaining in the 4th quarter.
-MacGinnis kicked 2 game-winners in 2016 regular season: 51-yarder with no time remaining vs. Mississippi State and from 47 yards against Louisville.
-Grant McKinniss: 4 punts, 35.8 yards per.
Catching the Football
-3, 1st half drops. Lamar Thomas’ group more than made up for their errors in the 2nd half.