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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

The breakdown of the offensive production in various situations against Florida, as well as the combined season statistics through 3 games in each of those situations:

Run: 15 rushes for 79 yards (5.3 ypc)
Pass: 3-7, 50 yards, 2 sacks for -16 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 44 rushes for 309 yards (7.0 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 18-30, 201 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 5 sacks for -30 yards

RECAP: The rushing numbers aren’t terrible, although they are improved by the late 1st half run by Boom Williams while Florida was in a prevent defense.  Nonetheless, you can accept that.  The passing game was pathetic.  One deep pass in the 4th quarter accounted for 45 yards.  The other 8 passing plays called on 1st down netted a TOTAL of -11 yards.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 8 rushes for 17 yards (2.1 ypc)
Pass: 2-6, 30 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 24 rushes for 137 yards (5.7 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 9-22, 106 yards, 1 sack for -8 yards

RECAP: After the Cats had rushed for nearly 8 yards per carry on 2nd and long through 2 games, they regressed significantly against Florida.  No ability to get the Cats into 3rd and short situations, much less gain first downs on these plays.  After completing his first 2 passes in this scenario during the game, Towles misfired on his next 4 attempts, all in the 2nd half.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 5 rushes for 0 yards (0.0 ypc)
Pass: 0-1

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 10 rushes for 11 yards (1.1 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 1-2, 14 yards

RECAP: Just atrocious.  The Cats could not gain a single yard on 6 plays with 2nd and short.  That’s just really bad.  Continually put the Cats into 3rd down, where they couldn’t complete a pass.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 2 rushes for 50 yards (25.0 ypc) (converted 2 of 2)
Pass: 2-6, 26 yards, 1 INT, 3 sacks for -24 yards (converted 2 of 9)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 5 rushes for 82 yards (16.4 ypc) (converted 4 of 5)
Pass: 15-25, 217 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks for -24 yards (converted 7 of 28)

RECAP: Look, 4 of 11 conversions isn’t too bad.  Not great, but you can live with that.  The problem is the sacks.  UK was constantly getting pushed further and further back because of such terrible line play.  Consider that one of those running plays was Towles scrambling for his life that turned into a 33 yard gain.  When he did get off passes, the results weren’t much better.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 4 rushes for 16 yards (4.0 ypc) (converted 2 of 4)
Pass: 0-2, 1 sack for -10 yards (converted 0 of 3)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 6 rushes for 32 yards (5.3 ypc) (converted 4 of 6)
Pass: 0-5, 1 sack for -10 yards (converted 0 of 6)

RECAP: Obviously the passing numbers stand out once again in this set.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

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

  1. RightForTheFight
    8:24 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

    Off topic, but still football related:

    Does anyone know how the Thursday night game will work logisticaly yet? Parking? Afternoon traffic? Will UK have class?

    • za
      9:55 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

      Thought about this myself – I’m a student (I don’t park at Commonwealth) but I haven’t heard anything about the logistics of Thursday.

  2. The Rest of the story
    8:37 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

    Breaking down the Fld. game is easy. Passing attack was non existent and the gators only had to stop the run. The O line is either too slow, too weak, or way under coached. Clock management was pathetic and we all know who was responsible for that. Finally play calling with runs up the middle and no imagination from the sidelines. From all that I see a lot of coaching mistakes, lots.

    • kes
      9:20 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

      I also said we didnt appear to be very well coached, and got crucified. it is, what it is

  3. Thomas Duffy
    8:55 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

    What stands out to me is the lack of “2nd and short” and “3rd and short” opportunities. Like Stoops has been preaching, we need to be more productive on first and second downs. Wouldn’t mind seeing Barker thrown in if the offense is struggling Saturday.

  4. Kaan Solabad
    9:10 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

    Kentucky scored 11 points over the last six quarters. As I learned in one of my finance classes at UK, that is an average of 11 divided by 6 or 1.83 points per quarter

    • Yoda
      10:36 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

      I believe it was Maggard who said this team needed to average ~33 pts per game in order to have a winning/bowl-bound season. How’s that tracking for us?

  5. android guy
    9:13 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

    If you told me before the game that we would hold Florida to 245 yards of offense, 14 pts and shut them out in the second half, I’d have started celebrating the win early. Instead, the offense did not hold up their end of the deal.

    Opposing defenses are not respecting our passing game. They are focusing on stopping the run, and we can’t make them pay for cheating up because Towles is being too inconsistent (as are the receivers).

    One dimensional offenses can’t win in the SEC. Not even when they only need 15 total points to win the game.

  6. The worst
    9:19 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

    was the series where we were obviously TERRIFIED of calling a pass play because we knew it would result in 0 yards at best (incompletion) or negative yards (sack). So our best option was 1 or 2 yards (run).

  7. za
    9:58 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

    Towles killed us. I hate to be that guy, but he needs to learn to throw it away.

  8. We just getting started bro'
    10:39 am September 21, 2015 Permalink

    Somebody forgot to tell the offense the season has started, you know, after we were told by the coach we are a better team than last year.
    Our offense is at, or near the bottom, in most statistical categories. What is disheartening, is the fact the meat grinding part of the schedule is about to start. Those stats, based on the way things are now, will only get worse.
    A drastic change needs to happen soon, or those who initially bought into this over hyped football team, will begin to show their disfavor, by not showing up. I, for one, do not look forward to being able to have a conversation with someone across the field on Senior day, due to the stadium being empty.
    What a shame, while not great, our defensive stats currently are in the middle of the pack, statistically. Those numbers will suffer because the offense’s ineptness keeps putting added pressure on them. Our offense has kept every team we have played in the game.
    The season has started coach. Adjustments need to happen with the offense, not just the players, the coaches too. The OC and the OLC need to figure this stuff out soon. If not, we have seen probably half of the games we will this season, already.
    Florida exposed all of our weaknesses. If we do not change, every other team we will play, will do the same thing; Stack the box, and make the QB beat them. Not liking our chances based on what I have seen so far.]