On Mondays throughout the season, I will breakdown the offensive production based on the scenario on the game. Down and distance can tell us so much about an offense and even through just 1 game this season, you saw some different trends with this offense than we have the last couple years. So take a look at how the Cats did against Toledo in each down and distance situation and see if you can come up with any conclusions on what kind of offense we will see this season:
Run: 19 rushes for 156 yards, 2 TD
Pass: 6-10, 113 yards, 1 sack allowed
Breakdown: Incredibly good numbers on first down, especially in the rushing department. UK has a couple long runs but overall was getting 6-9 yards consistently on 1st down, which puts the offense in such a good position moving forward. Terry Wilson was solid through the air, including a couple big gainers that helped boost the numbers a bit. Smoke’s long touchdown included in this mix.
Run: 12 rushes for 23 yards
Pass: 8-9, 51 yards, 2 TD (2 fumbles lost)
Breakdown: Cats were just as equally poor on the ground on 2nd down as they were good on 1st down. But Terry Wilson was efficient here, including his two touchdown passes. And the first touchdown of the day, technically a fumble recovery for a touchdown, is also included.
3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: 1 rush for 3 yards (converted 0 of 1)
Pass: 3-4, 39 yards (converted 1 of 4)
Breakdown: Never going to be strong numbers here but what is concerning is of the the 11 3rd downs the Cats faced, 5 of them were 6 yards or more. Not good. Cats were able to complete three passes but only 1 of the 3 went for a 1st down. Trying to get these numbers up to 33% would be ideal.
3rd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Run: 3 rushes for 0 yards (converted 0 of 3)
Pass: 2-3, 44 yards (converted 2 of 3)
Breakdown: You wanna see where Benny Snell mattered the most, look right here. Three rushing plays at 3rd and short and UK converted none of them. Benny was good for a 75-85% clip during his career. Cats did convert 2 of 3 through the air so we’ll see as the season continues if they turn to the passing game on 3rd and short more.