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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown

Every Monday, I will breakdown the UK offensive performance in down and distance.  Football is entirely situational so it is good to know where the Cats have excelled the most, as well as the play calling tendencies.  Against Eastern Michigan, UK did several things better than they had the week prior, and we saw them control the game for most of the night.  Here is the breakdown:

1st Down
Run: 18 rushes for 125 yards, 3 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 9-17, 84 yards, 1 TD

Combined Season Stats
Run: 37 rushes for 281 yards, 5 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 15-27, 197 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack allowed

Breakdown: Another game of fantastic production on 1st down.  UK has scored 6 touchdowns on the season on 1st down.  The balance was also nearly 50-50 on play calls against EMU after an almost 2 to 1 ratio in the first game.  We’ll see with Smith in at QB if the run game is the main focus moving forward or will a 50-50 split continue.

2nd Down
Run: 14 rushes for 83 yards
Pass: 5-10, 42 yards, 1 sack allowed

Combined Season Stats
Run: 26 rushes for 106 yards
Pass: 13-19, 93 yards, 2 TD, 1 sack allowed (2 fumbles lost)

Breakdown: Much better run attack on 2nd down against Eastern Michigan but overall this has been UK’s weakest down through 2 games.  It hasn’t been bad but the yards per play is just over 4 yards.  Part of this can be explained in that UK is getting into 2nd and short situations often, leading to shorter passes and runs.  But maybe UK takes a couple shots in this scenario against Florida?

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: No Plays
Pass: 4-6, 39 yards, 1 sack allowed (converted 3 of 7)

Combined Season Stats
Run: 1 rush for 3 yards (converted 0 of 1)
Pass: 7-10, 78 yards (converted 4 of 11)

Breakdown: UK converted 3 times in 3rd and long to extend drives, two of which turned into touchdowns.  These can be back breaking to an opponent and coming into the Florida game, if UK can do this again, it could make a critical difference.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Run: 5 rushes for 32 yards (converted 5 of 5)
Pass: 1-2, 54 yards, 1 TD (converted 1 of 2)

Combined Season Stats
Run: 8 rushes for 32 yards (converted 5 of 8)
Pass: 3-5, 98 yards, 1 TD (converted 3 of 5)

Breakdown: After a struggle in Game 1 in this scenario, the Cats got back to normal against EMU.  While the Sawyer Smith touchdown pass will be the highlight from this group, you have to feel very encouraged the Cats converted all 5 attempts on the ground, something they were lethal in the last 2 years.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

1 Comment for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown

  1. [email protected]
    10:14 am September 9, 2019 Permalink

    Does Matt and crew have a post game show like they do after basketball games? Where is it on the radio dial?