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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Wednesday (Normally Tuesday) Defensive Breakdown

So normally on Tuesday mornings I will break down the defensive performance from the previous weekend’s game.  Life circumstances got in the way yesterday but nonetheless I still bring you the breakdown from the Toledo game.  Overall, a very nice performance from the defense for the Cats.  Some areas of improvement certainly but a more than good enough performance to earn the Cats a win.  So here is the analysis based on the down and distance situations:

1st Down
Run: 18 rushes for 87 yards, 1 TD (1 fumble recovery)
Pass: 4-9, 33 yards

Breakdown: So the 87 yards on the ground looks like a decent chunk but the reality is the Rockets ran 27 plays on 1st down and only gained 120 yards total, for a little over 4 yards per play.  In college football, that’s a good number.  The Cats also force a turnover, the first play of the 2nd half.  The pass defense was very solid in this situation.

2nd Down
Run: 10 rushes for 64 yards, 1 TD
Pass: 3-8, 43 yards, 1 INT, 3 sacks

Breakdown: The run defense was less than stellar here and allowed Toledo back in front of the chains often.  The pass defense though was really great, forcing a turnover and producing 3 of the 4 sacks for the Cats sacks on the day.  So while some area for improvement, you had to like the pass rush.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: 5 rushes for 37 yards, 1 TD (converted 2 of 5)
Pass: 3-6, 51 yards (converted 3 of 6)

Breakdown: As mentioned on Monday, you don’t want to give up any higher than 33% in this situation.  Toledo converted 5 of 11.  While this improved greatly in the 2nd half, Toledo was able to convert three long 3rd downs in the 1st half, two of which led to touchdown drives.  Hopefully the Cats tightened up in this area on Saturday and for the remainder of the season.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Run: 2 rushes for 18 yards (converted 1 of 2)
Pass: 1-2, 39 yards, 1 sack (converted 1 of 3)

Breakdown: While only facing this five times all games, UK did a nice job here.  Only one long pass play given up but stops in 3 of 5 chances is quite good.  Anything under 50% will be acceptable.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Wednesday (Normally Tuesday) Defensive Breakdown

  1. RackEmWillie
    10:26 am September 4, 2019 Permalink

    Giving up 4 yards on 1st down gets you beat in the SEC.

    • KentuckyFan232
      11:22 am September 4, 2019 Permalink

      It’s the first game willie, you idiot.

    • RackEmWillie
      11:54 am September 4, 2019 Permalink

      You’re quite observant, so I appreciate it.

      But, again, my statement still stands. Giving up 4 yards on 1st down will get you beat in the SEC. Period. That was in response to the statement of that being a “pretty good number.” Because, again, giving up that much on 1st down, will get you beat in the SEC.

  2. JPhelps
    12:06 pm September 4, 2019 Permalink

    Willie’s right. We gave up 4 yards on first down to a MAC team. What happens when an SEC Oline is plowing the road for an SEC back? Averaging giving up 4 yards on first down is a major problem.

    • RackEmWillie
      1:06 pm September 4, 2019 Permalink

      I’m not saying that they won’t or can’t improve. I’m just saying that this feels maybe a little too cavalier about it. 4 yards to a MAC team isn’t a positive.

    • 4everUKblue
      4:23 pm September 4, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. I really hope they make some adjustments and improve.