I thought we could analyze Saturday’s game by utilizing an Army efficiency tool as we close out the Southern Miss mess. An After Action Review, or AAR, is a militaristic method to analyze the success or failure of an intended action/mission.
Here we go:
WHAT WERE INTENEDED RESULTS
— Win the football game
WHAT WERE ACTUAL RESULTS
— Lost the football game: Southern Miss 44, Kentucky 35
WHAT CAUSED OUR RESULTS (Why did it happen)
— Surrendering a late first half touchdown pass due to blown coverage started an avalanche of 34-point unanswered points. Kentucky continued its late second half–early second half trend of late-game struggles.
— Southern Miss finished the game by dominating the Cats in offensive plays: 95-50. UK could not extend second half drives coupled with three turnovers. Defensively it couldn’t stop a simple rushing attack that exploited a limited defensive line as well as improper gap integrity run fits.
— Southern Miss rushed for 262 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Conversely, UK only managed 96 yards on 25 attempts.
— UK surrendered 520 total yards of offense.
— Kentucky did not score a second half point as it allowed 27.
— Inability to flip momentum.
WHAT WILL WE SUSTAIN? IMPROVE? (What can we do better next time?)
— First half offensive efficiency. Scoring 35 first half points was a byproduct of schematic diversity and upper-level quarterback play.
— Produce defensive turnovers as it did by intercepting three Nick Mullens passes. In doing so, UK appropriately pressured the USM quarterback that forced errant throws.
— Explosive running back and receiver plays. Kentucky exploited a C-USA defense with speed, pace, depth, and variance.
— First half momentum. When things go right for UK, they do so in bunches.
— Defensive secondary risk/reward mentality. Defensive backs properly risked in the first half that resulted in being rewarded by three interceptions.
— First half, offensive line pass and run blocking. USM did not effectively pressure Drew Barker in quarters one and two.
— Redundant; end-late first half more effectively as well as start the second half more efficiently.
— Evaluate first half result and implementation of adjustments by the coaching staff during halftime.
— Remain true to offensive game plan by executing plays that had first half success.
— Tackle opposing ball carriers. Ineffective tackling led to USM’s success on third down.
— Front seven gap integrity. On far too many occasions a defender was out of place which aided Southern Miss run game success. Out of place defenders also carried over to the passing game. Three blown coverages resulted in wide-open USM receivers.
— Player-leadership to stop opponent’s momentum. When things go bad for the Cats, they do so in bunches.
— Halftime operations. From coaching adjustments to 3rd quarter attitude; current actions have been proven to be ineffective.
A different take on Saturday’s game. Kentucky’s opening loss to Southern Miss will be put to bed with this post.
It’s now time to move forward to Florida.