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After Action Review: Missouri


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-Missouri football game:



Win the football game


Won the football game 35-21


Line of Scrimmage Domination

Cats rolled up 582 total yards; 377 on the ground, 205 by pass. Jon Toth directed a nearly perfect 60 minutes of offensive line execution.

Missouri’s 386 total yards were 119 fewer than its season’s average.


Kentucky finished the game with 39:36 time of possession. Missouri only controlled the football 20:24. Sustained Long Offensive Possessions proved to be too much for the Tigers.


True freshman sensation RB Damarea Crockett was held to 55 yards off 13 carries; 4.2 yards per.

Secondary subjected Mizzou’s pass catchers to a low amount of YAC (Yards After Catch).


OL/DL/LB depth surfaces with reserves playing key minutes and a high number of plays.

LB’s Kash Daniel and Eli Brown both graded high.

Defensive linemen Calvin Taylor, TJ Carter, and Tymere Dubose played substantial minutes in the 2nd half.

Eddie Gran continues to rotate 9 offensive linemen with zero let-down between 1st and 2nd team hogs.


Running team ran the football.

UK has averaged 298 rushing yards in its 5 wins. Cats ran for 377 on Saturday.



Offensive line domination

John Schlarman’s crew collectively played its best game of the Mark Stoops era. National talking heads ranked the Wildcat big fellas as a top 5 SEC offensive line. Jon Toth and company conducted a free clinic in Columbia.

Defensive line disruption

Cats harassed QB Drew Lock as the sophomore finished the game with 229 passing yards (Was averaging 285). The D also frustrated the Tiger rushing attack by limiting it to 157 yards on the ground. Missouri was averaging 200 prior to facing UK.

DT Adrian Middleton finished with 4 tackles, 1 TFL.

NT Naquez Pringle was consistent and powerful at the point of snap. Pringle would top the Breakout Player of the Year list if Stephen Johnson and Benny Snell didn’t exist. Amazing work by Jimmy Brumbaugh.

Run game

Rushed for 377 yards.

Boom Williams 19 carries, 182 yards, 1 TD, 9.6 yards per.

Benny Snell 38 carries, 192 yards, 2 TD, 5.1 yards per.

3rd down success

Converted 10/18; 55%.

60% completion percentage on the road.

Stephen Johnson: 14-23, 2 TD’s, 1 INT, 205 yards, 60.8%.

Inside linebacker effectiveness

Courtney Love and Jordan Jones stuffed Missouri’s inside run game: Courtney Love 6 total tackles, 5 of which were unassisted. Jordan Jones 4 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss.




Grant McKinniss punted the football 5 times, averaged 35.8 yards per. Low, short punts are dangerous and could pose a critical threat against Georgia.


Just as Kentucky had to learn how to win, it now must learn how to route. A 35-21 road SEC win was impressive regardless of opponent. However, the Cats could have easily won the game 50-7 if it hadn’t self-inflicted errors.

Boom Williams’ fumble and a Stephen Johnson interception continued the Wildcats turnover frenzy. Winning with a high turnover margin is nearly impossible.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

2 Comments for After Action Review: Missouri

  1. farmy75
    4:01 pm October 31, 2016 Permalink

    When Stoops started, we had to play a perfect game to have a chance.

    These last few games have had ugly parts, but Kentucky still won, lots of credit to Stoops and Gran for adapting and imposing a tenacity in the face of adversity.

  2. ekywildcat
    9:01 am November 1, 2016 Permalink

    Is Elam still injured?