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:
WHAT WERE INTENDED RESULTS
Win the football game
WHAT WERE ACTUAL RESULTS
Won the football game 35-21
WHAT CAUSED OUR RESULTS
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.
WHAT WILL WE SUSTAIN? IMPROVE?
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.
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.