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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown

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The breakdown of the offensive production in various situations against Missouri, as well as the combined season statistics through 4 games in each of those situations:

1ST DOWN
Run: 14 rushes for 36 yards (2.6 ypc)
Pass: 9-11, 82 yards, 2 TD, 1 sack for -2 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 58 rushes for 345 yards (5.9 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 27-41, 283 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 5 sacks for -30 yards

RECAP: Almost a complete opposite from what UK has done most of the season.  Against Missouri, the passing game was quite sharp on 1st down with Towles completing nearly 90% of his passes, including TD passes to Conrad and Baker.  But the rushing game was nearly non-existent, with UK actually having 5 runs for negative yardage on 1st down.  Before the Mizzou game, UK was averaging 7 yards per carry on 1st down.  Just 2.6 against the Tigers.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 9 rushes for 34 yards (3.8 ypc)
Pass: 5-6, 79 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 33 rushes for 171 yards (5.2 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 14-28, 185 yards, 1 sack for -8 yards

RECAP: The rushing game was not good for the first 3 quarters but Jojo Kemp had 2 great runs on the final drive of the game to clinch the win for UK.  Towles was great in this group of plays as well, converting first downs several times.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 4 rushes for 29 yards (7.3 ypc)
Pass: 3-3, 2 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 14 rushes for 40 yards (2.9 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 4-5, 16 yards

RECAP: While not a large set of plays to analyze, the rushing attack was solid here.  Through 3 games, UK had run for just 11 yards in 2nd and short situations.  They greatly improved there against Missouri.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 2 rushes for 16 yards (8.0 ypc), 1 TD (converted 1 of 2)
Pass: 1-3, 24 yards, 1 sack for -9 yards (converted 1 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 7 rushes for 98 yards (14.0 ypc), 1 TD (converted 5 of 7)
Pass: 16-28, 241 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 4 sacks for -33 yards (converted 8 of 32)

RECAP: The great Towles scramble for a TD was the highlight here but also a rare pass conversion in the 2nd half.  UK continues to struggle to convert through the air on 3rd and long.  But they’ve had surprisingly good success running the ball in this situation, highlighting some of the playmakers the Cats have in the backfield and Towles’ ability to scramble.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 5 rushes for 19 yards (3.8 ypc) (converted 4 of 5)
Pass: 3-3, 62 yards (converted 3 of 3)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 11 rushes for 51 yards (4.6 ypc) (converted 8 of 11)
Pass: 3-8, 62 yards, 1 sack for -10 yards (converted 3 of 9)

RECAP: 7 of 8 conversions in this scenario shows great execution by the Cats.  In the first 3 games of the season, Towles had misfired on all 6 pass attempts on 3rd and short.  Against Mizzou, he was 3 for 3, converting each of those for 1st downs.  That is exactly what UK needs more of.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

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



  1. fatbrat
    8:33 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Wow what are the odds that we would beat a ranked team after losing to Florida? Where are the stats for that?



    • android guy
      8:51 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Missouri probably has a better overall defense than Florida, but Florida has better talent. Florida beat us by winning individual matchups with their exceptional athletic ability. Missouri’s talent level is about equivalent to our own.