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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your Monday/Tuesday Playcalling Breakdown

Throughout the season, I will be breaking down the playcalling so that you can assess whether you saw what you think you saw on the field.  I know many people felt the air raid offense was not so much air as it was ground raid.  The truth is there were 31 passes compared to 28 rushes.  While that still might not be the ratio some wanted, it is better than most believed.  But anyway, here are the stats broken down by down and distance with a little of my analysis thrown in.

1st Down
Pass: 14 plays (8-11, 72 yds, 1 TD, 3 sacks for -20 yds)
Run: 11 rushes for 121 yards, 1 fumble

Analysis: Statistically speaking, those stats don’t look that bad.  Except for the 3 sacks, UK completed a high percentage of passes, ran for over 10 yards per carry and scored a touchdown.  But really, they are somewhat misleading.  Jalen Whitlow had a 50 yard burst that inflates the rushing a bit and Max Smith threw a late touchdown against a prevent D.  But still, not a bad start on 1st down.

2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 6 plays (4-6, 34 yds)
Run: 8 rushes for 42 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: 1 touchdown run and a rushing average of over 5 yards per carry.  But the passing attack was mediocre at best.  This was the spot where short passes were the norm.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 1 play (0-1)
Rush: 4 rushes for 60 yards

Analysis: Much like the 1st down stats, they are a bit misleading considering Sanders’ 52 yard run in the 1st quarter.  What is most interesting in the Cats only saw 5 instances of 2nd and short situations, while they saw 14 times of 2nd and long.  That is not a good ratio.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 6 plays (4-6, 65 yds)
Rush: 2 rushes for 1 yards

Analysis: The story of this scenario is who was playing quarterback.  When Jaylen Whitlow was in there, he was unable to convert a 3rd down with a pass, while Max Smith did it twice with lengthy gains.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 4 (2-4, 33 yds)
Rush: 3 rushes for 5 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: Nothing spectacular here.  A good balance of run and pass, with very little success in the running game, sans a short TD run by Jonathan George.  Whitlow and Smith each converted 1 first down with 10+ yard passes, so no real advantage there.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

20 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your Monday/Tuesday Playcalling Breakdown



  1. Obumer
    9:20 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    I realize there probably werent a whole lot of highlights in Saturdays game against WKU but is there anyway to post some of the positve plays?



  2. asdf
    9:21 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Our offensive numbers weren’t spectacular, but they were good enough to win against the WKU’s of the world. Our problem was defense.



  3. Jalen Shit-throw
    9:24 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Fire Mark Stoops!



  4. cdc_uky
    9:25 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    It was tough to watch. I am not sure who we will stop this year if we could not stop Western. I watched the Vandy game and it was another level of football. Our game looked like a Sun Belt conference game.



  5. Jax Teller
    9:28 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    BTI, you suck. It’s J-A-L-E-N (3rd and long).

    Seriously though, good info. It will be interesting to see how the play calling evolves as they year progresses.



  6. Al/in/Indy
    9:32 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Nobody would’ve guessed the out come of Saturday, but there was some positives in the game. Looked like first game jitters played more on the players than the game itself. We’ll be ok….



  7. alien
    9:35 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Reward players for failure. Big fumble late in the game by a W, Biggest play of the game. Outcome, reward him as a starter. Makes sense to me. ugh!



  8. DublDownDrew
    9:43 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, you can’t beat seeing a pic of my man Jim Zorn on a post! #GoHawks



  9. UKBlue1!
    10:01 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    I had high hopes of a 4 or 5 win season. After what I saw Saturday night, I am thinking 2 wins. Keep recruiting hard, the talent or lack of it is obvious. Max Smith ought to make the games more entertaining but our secondary is in for a long, long year.



  10. whatwasthat
    10:03 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    BTI, you are a knucklehead, college teams may have a nickel or dime package, but they don’t have a prevent D per say. Quick BTI what is a prevent D designed to do, that’s right not give up the big play or get the passed over the top of your D, which is exactly what Max did, so you see BTI it does count probably counts a lot more since it did occur against a nickel or dime package. You guys at KSR should stick to talking about basketball, tennis and other lady sports.



  11. niaps
    10:05 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    #3 is obviously very afraid of Stoops as he knows we are on the way to great football success in the future. Love those trolls!



  12. catdog
    10:19 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    only 78 passing yards after 3 quarters says it all.
    Where was the air raid?



  13. ShannonTheGal
    10:22 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Had to go directly to iHeart Radio’s website to get the live stream this morning. Couldn’t get it by going to WKJK’s webpage.



  14. Bobbysueflay
    10:24 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Calm down you all. This is what joker left us with. No wr,cb, lb, etc. when a true freshman has to start At wr, and other positions, shouldn’t that tell you what joker did to this program. did u really expect anything different for this season?



  15. Bobbysueflay
    10:25 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    This is not basketball. It will take a few years



  16. So...
    11:38 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    All the people complaining and saying the play calling, talking about ALL the handoffs on 3rd and long. They will just see themselves out now right?



  17. whatwasthat
    11:51 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Well said bobbysueflay, it will take time, we as a fan base have to stay positive and tune out the knuckleheads. I went didn’t get mad was disappointed that this coaching staff did seem to get buffaloed into playing a receiver at quarterback, but the fans and coaching staff heard from the spring game how great Jalen was, he may be a great kid but he’s no quarterback. That have to get Patrick or the Reese kid ready if Max does go down.



  18. satcheluk
    1:34 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    I watched the game and was disappointed, but I was astounded by all the negative comments on KSR shortly after, so I watched the game again to see if I was missing something.

    Given our talent level, except for the d-line, that was about what was expected. Sure I had hope for more from Jalen, but with no experience at WR, I’m not inclined to blame it all on him.

    We were bad before the season started, but were infused with good talent. We are bad now, but we have some young guys who should improve immensely and the team should improve significantly over the course of the year. And we will still be bad throughout the season. We will surely improve, but we cannot overcome a complete lack of experienced talent and expect to win with this schedule.

    So to anyone who thought we would go bowling this year, put your crack pipe down and to those of you who got caught up in the recruiting excitement and allowed that to cloud your mind as to what was a realistic outcome for the season, then either reassess your expectations and stay positive for the team or go away until we have the level of talent necessary to compete in the SEC. Your negative presence is not wanted.

    To BBN, we have to keep the level of excitement and support high, no matter what the record looks like, if we are to keep the recruiting class together. We are judged by how we handle adversity and by remaining positive in the face of a difficult season, we can only help the coaches recruit. Those of us who believe in Stoops and his vision need to be vocal and drown out the trolls and the chicken littles.



  19. Computer Blue
    1:49 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    I’d like to see them open up the playbook and go for it. Prepare the Air Raid for next year.

    I appreciate them trying to do what it takes to win, but let’s be honest there are probably only 2 winnable games left on the schedule regardless.



  20. Beatle Bum
    2:01 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    LHL said 32 rushes to 28 passes.