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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown

Every Monday, I break down the offensive performance from the Cats in a down and distance situation.  This can really tell you the strengths and weaknesses of a an offense.  For instance, UK has struggled in 3rd and short this year, showing they don’t have a true bruising back to get the tough yards.  And it really burned them against Florida.  That doesn’t mean there were not positives.  In fact, Sawyer Smith was more effective than Terry Wilson in some situations.  Below is the breakdown for each situation:

1st Down
Run: 18 rushes for 74 yards
Pass: 10-17, 103 yards, 1 TD

Combined Season Stats
Run: 55 rushes for 355 yards, 5 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 25-44, 300 yards, 2 TD, 1 sack allowed

Breakdown: Sawyer Smith was very effective through the air most of the game, completing 7 of his first 10 passes with a touchdown.  But once the Cats went conservative and then fell behind, the incompletions pilled up.  The rushing game was average at best, averaging just over 4 yards per carry.

2nd Down
Run: 15 rushes for 47 yards, 1 TD
Pass: 5-9, 61 yards, 2 INT, 1 sack allowed

Combined Season Stats
Run: 41 rushes for 153 yards, 1 TD
Pass: 18-28, 154 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 2 sacks allowed (2 fumbles lost)

Breakdown: Cats were pretty poor on 2nd down, leading to a lot of 3rd and long situations.  Two turnovers and lack of a rushing game are a bad combination.  The touchdown was Smoke’s 1-yard plunge but overall just over 3 yards per carry.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: No Plays
Pass: 7-9, 93 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (converted 4 of 8)

Combined Season Stats
Run: 1 rush for 3 yards (converted 0 of 1)
Pass: 14-19, 171 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (converted 8 of 19)

Breakdown: Cats converted 4 of their first 5 chance at 3rd and long and surprise, they led 21-10 after that.  Converting these can absolutely have a major impact on the game.  But once the late 3rd quarter rolled around the conversions ended.  Nonetheless, Smith has shown real skill in the 10-15 yards passes.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Run: 6 rushes for 27 yards, 1 fumble lost (converted 3 of 6)
Pass: No Plays

Combined Season Stats
Run: 14 rushes for 59 yards, 1 fumble lost (converted 8 of 14)
Pass: 3-5, 98 yards, 1 TD (converted 3 of 5)

Breakdown: Once again, the Benny Snell effect was felt against Florida.  UK doesn’t have a guy that can get a tough yard or two like Benny can.  Converting just 11 of 19 in short yardage this year has been an absolute killer.  There was an obvious example of the game shifting when a 3rd and 1 wasn’t converted.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

22 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown

  1. pikapp210
    10:29 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    We’ve got guys that can pick up the short yardage….however the least likely to do it was the one called on in a 4 and 1 situation

  2. bigblue98
    10:52 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Smoke can get the tough yards-hopefully the coaches will learn that sooner rather than later.

    • BluKudzu
      10:55 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Somebody left the idiot coaching bag open too long on Saturday.

    • catsarerunnin
      12:28 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Kudzu is all pissy.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:49 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      What were you doing in the idiot coaching bag kudzu? I know you think you’re a coach…I’m surprised you could find your way out of it.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:50 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      You don’t need any coaching, you’re a big enough idiot on your own, I think that’s what they call raw talent.

  3. Wade
    10:58 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    I bet smoke didn’t average 3 yards per carry

    • StillBP
      11:02 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      You are correct. He averaged 5.1

    • 4everUKblue
      11:47 am September 16, 2019 Permalink


    • dave1964
      11:51 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      The best back on this team is Smoke not sure why the coaching staff can’t see that, when you play scared in the SEC you lose when will the coaches learn that.

  4. The Professor
    11:04 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    BTI, I think it would be interesting to see the running stats for the Wildcat formation over he last 2+ seasons. My guess is it is between 2-3 yards per carry.

  5. Eddiemcwildcat
    12:20 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

    I wish they would just scrap the wildcat. To much trying to be pretty. Less finesse and more physicality.

  6. bbn606
    12:26 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Did Peters play Saturday night?

  7. kjd
    12:30 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

    What BS! Don’t have the guy for the tough yardage. What have you been smokin’?
    Correct statement is AJ Rose is not the tough yardage guy.
    Coaches are letting the TEAM down by not playing the best personnel for a given situation.

  8. Clyde X
    1:28 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Several years ago, when Tiger Woods was dominating professional golf, he said that when he gets to three under, the only thing on his mind is getting to four under. And then, getting to five under and six under and so on. He said he never takes his foot off the gas. When the Cats get a one-point lead, Stoops immediately goes into play not to lose mode. Which works pretty when you’ve got a guy named Benny. We aren’t good enough to play that way against a top ten team. I don’t recall ever seeing Saban take his foot off the guys till the other side gives up.

    • cats646
      5:43 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Saban puts his foot on guys?? Lol

  9. az1006
    1:29 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Chris Rodriguez should be getting the ball on 3rd and short. He’s a big, bruising back and I think he would’ve gotten those yards. Idk what he’s done to piss Stoops off, but I think he deserves another chance. Rose and Smoke just aren’t great 3rd down options.

    • J-Dub421
      1:50 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink


    • ClutchCargo
      1:59 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Those fumbles in the first game seemed to put him in the dog house. He is needed, if he has overcome the fumble-itis.

    • kjd
      3:22 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

      We turned the ball over on downs, no difference than losing a fumble. Give Rodriguez the chance.

    • cats646
      5:45 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Rodriguez is Snell made over. Probably not as much heart but he definitely would’ve got one yard.