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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown

Every Monday I will breakdown the Kentucky playcalling to get a sense of where the Cats where successful and where they were not.  Obviously against Miami, UK was successful in nearly every aspect of the game, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  I think “big play potential” in different situations on Saturday was the key takeaway from the game.  But, you can look at the stats below and make your own judgments.

1st Down
Pass: 15 plays (13-15, 198 yards, 1 TD)
Run: 22 rushes for 131 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: First down was fantastic for the Cats, especially in the first half.  In fact, the pass-run ratio is somewhat misleading because UK actually made it a point to throw the ball on 1st down for most of the first half.  Once they built up a big lead, they began running the ball in the 2nd half on 1st down.  But the big takeaway is the Cats rarely put themselves in difficult 2nd down situation because of success on 1st down.

Cumulative Season Stats
Pass: 31 plays (21-28, 270 yds, 2 TD, 3 sacks for -20 yds)
Run: 33 rushes for 252 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble

2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 6 plays (3-6, 20 yds)
Run: 6 rushes for 47 yards

Analysis: Not much to write home about here, but also nothing too bad.  Good balance of play calling, and what is most important is they only faced this situation 12 times the entire game.  That means 25 of 37 1st down plays gained at least 5 yards.  A great stat to hold on to.

Cumulative Season Stats
Pass: 12 plays (7-12, 54 yds)
Run: 14 rushes for 89 yards, 1 TD

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 5 plays (4-5, 78 yds, 1 TD)
Run: 8 rushes for 54 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: The big play in this scenario was the Badet touchdown but remember the first touchdown of the game was scored on a 2nd and short situation. As expected, rushing was the main call here and the Cats saw a large amount of success, as they did in nearly every situation on Saturday.

Cumlative Season Stats
Pass: 6 plays (4-6, 78 yds, 1 TD)
Rush: 12 rushes for 114 yards, 1 TD

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 7 plays (5-7, 127 yds, 1 TD)
Rush: 1 rush for 12 yards

Analysis: The long touchdown pass to Javess Blue highlights this group of plays, which somewhat inflate the passing stats here, but hey, every yard counts.  But what I love most is that in a situation where the defense KNOWS you are going to pass the ball, Kentucky still was able to complete 5 of 7 passes, something they were inept at last season.

Cumlative Season Stats
Pass: 13 plays (9-13, 192 yds, 1 TD)
Rush: 3 rushes for 13 yards

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 2 plays (0-2)
Run: 2 rushes for 11 yards

Analysis: Frankly, not much to comment here because Kentucky just didn’t face this situation much at all.

Cumlative Season Stats
Pass: 6 plays (2-6, 33 yds)
Rush: 5 rushes for 16 yards, 1 TD

Article written by Bryan the Intern

13 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown

  1. Farmer Jack
    9:49 am September 9, 2013 Permalink


  2. btowncatfan
    9:58 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Good to see BTI back to his normal suckiness.

  3. Johnny Foosball
    10:13 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s the problem with the Miami of Ohio game….it was Miami of Ohio! Marshall put up 52 points against them, for crying out loud. While it’s good to see how the Cats would play in an ideal environment, this was not a true test by any measure. It’s almost like saying the Cats looked like a BCS contender playing after against Lexington Catholic High School.

  4. Si senior
    10:16 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    They played ill prepared Miami of Ohio.
    Last week the played unranked WKU, the offensive story was quite different.
    This week they play a ranked top 10 team, it will be an even different story, small article.

  5. tom
    10:32 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Was not overly surprised/disappointed in the game against WKU. Not euphoric/orgasmic about the Miami game performance.

    We begin playing real teams this week. We will see how the defense does against capable offenses and the ‘Air Raid’ does against solid defenses.

    …and BTI…well, you know.

  6. Amazing
    10:38 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’m amazed by the persistent negativity of some on here. We know Miami was a weak team and we know things will be much harder from here. But why not take a little joy in the fact that we were able to execute as well as we did. I think it bodes well for the future that the new players were as good as advertised. It should only get better in the future when we get more players of that caliber. Try being positive, it doesn’t hurt.

  7. tom
    11:15 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hi Amazing –
    I appreciate your optimism and yes, it is always good to win. I guess my point is that some many writers (on here and a couple other paces) go totally overboard and start making ludicrous predictions like we will beat L-ville and a bowl game is even possible after we beat lowly Miami of Ohio.

    We weren’t ready for the WKU game, we performed well against an FCS team that isn’t going anywhere. Neither were true predictions of the type of team we have.

    I reread my post and you are correct, it did sound a bit negative. It was meant to be more factual than negative.

  8. I am factual
    11:38 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    The facts are, Miami of Ohio was just plain horrible.
    Big numbers this past weekend weren’t impressive!
    As I remember they were driving at the end of the second quarter and came short of a TD as time expired. They missed a short field goal in the second half. Should have had 17 points.
    Tom, you are right on, the facts are, some Kentucky high school teams would have given Miami a good game, and some probably would beat them.
    Miami had poor athletes and were poorly coached.
    WKU had decent athletes and a great coach.
    Louisville has real good athletes and a good coach, and not meant as a compliment to them, just facts.

  9. JDH
    11:50 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s another fact for ya, Miami (Ohio) is not a FCS school. They are terrible though. I just hope we play well against a Top 10 U of L team. I believe we will be prepared for them anyway.

  10. occupy commonwealth
    12:35 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    It’s like you all don’t support these guys at all. It’s heartbreaking. Things aren’t ideal, but they still need you in their corner. It’ll get better, most important thing is not to turn your backs on them during this tough stretch. We’re a hell of a lot better then we were after 2 games last year.

  11. tom
    1:04 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    JDH – You’re right! Miami is an FBS school. lol. It sure looked like Eastern or Morehead could whip them. Thanks for setting me straight.

  12. clancyhat
    1:33 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    construction crit – including the 3rd down conversion stats be interesting / good

  13. b
    2:19 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    agree that it would be good to see conversion stats for 1st downs for the scenarios. 1st down and 3rd down would be good to show at least.