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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown

1st Down
Run: 23 rushes for 167 yards, 3 TD

Pass: 1-1, 8 yards

Combined Season Stats
Run: 218 rushes for 1330 yards, 15 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 48-93, 510 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks allowed

Breakdown: The Cats threw one pass on 1st down the entire game and it was on the very last 1st down play of the game.  And why would they even attempt a pass against an overmatched opponent?  The Cats scored three of their touchdowns here and continue pilling up big yardage off the ground on 1st down, getting drives off on the right foot.  With limited passing options, Cats have to be successful against UL on 1st down or they face problems.

2nd Down
Run: 15 rushes for 238 yards, 1 TD

Pass: 1-4, 9 yards

Combined Season Stats
Run: 158 rushes for 1060 yards, 6 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 41-673, 445 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT, 5 sacks allowed (2 fumbles lost)

Breakdown: The Cats now with over 1,000 yards rushing on 2nd down plays alone for the season.  And without researching this, I would have to imagine the Cats may have set a school record for yards rushing on 2nd down in a game.  A weird record to set but still very impressive.  And this is all after having just 5 yards rushing on their first 6 carries.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: No Plays

Pass: 0-5, 1 INT (converted 0 of 5)

Combined Season Stats
Run: 23 rushes for 255 yards, 2 TD (converted 12 of 23)
Pass: 22-51, 280 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT, 6 sacks allowed (converted 13 of 57)

Breakdown: This is about as bad as it could be but it didn’t really matter.  Bowden was just off with the throws when he did throw it, including the awful interception.  Obviously not a strong spot for the Cats all year.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Run: 4 rushes for 51 yards, 1 TD (converted 3 of 4)

Pass: No Plays

Combined Season Stats
Run: 45 rushes for 189 yards, 2 TD, 3 fumbles lost (converted 23 of 45)
Pass: 5-15, 116 yards, 1 TD (converted 5 of 15)

Breakdown: For the first time in over 2 months, UK is now over 50% on rushes in 3rd and short situations.  They have improved greatly over the last several weeks, especially against Vandy and UT-Martin.  This will almost surely come up on Saturday and will Kentucky be able to convert or not could decide that game as well, like it did against Florida and Tennessee.

Article written by Bryan the Intern