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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown (Eastern Kentucky)

Each Monday I will break down the offensive numbers in hopefully a more interesting way that you normally see.  I like to see if there are certain situations where the UK offense excels, based on down and distance.  I will also keep a running count of the stats over the course of the season.  Against Eastern Kentucky UK showed promise in a bunch of areas but still some inconsistencies there as well.  They have done a nice job avoiding turnovers but the offense hasn’t completely clicked just yet.  

1st Down
Pass: 7-12, 141 yards, 1 TD
Run: 17 rushes for 104 yards (6.1 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 13-20, 240 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -8 yards
Run: 31 rushes for 156 yards (5.0 ypc) (1 fumble lost)

Breakdown: A much better performance against EKU.  Johnson hit several big pass plays and averaging over 6 yards per carry gave the Cats a bunch of advantageous situations.  While they won’t run 29 plays on 1st down every game, the averages were great for this game and should be more what the Cats shoot for moving forward.
2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 3-5, 20 yards
Run: 11 rushes for 78 yards (7.1 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 6-11, 78 yards, 1 TD
Run: 18 rushes for 90 yards (5.0 ypc)

Breakdown: Interesting the Cats ran run plays 2:1 in 2nd and long situations but they also were very successful when doing so.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Pass: 3-3, 37 yards
Run: 1 rush for -2 yards (-2.0 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 3-3, 37 yards
Run: 6 rushes for -3 yards (-0.5 ypc)

Breakdown: The passing stats look good but the reality is 2 of those completions went for negative yardage and one went for 40 yards.  Add that to the 1 negative rushing play and UK was highly unsuccessful here.  Now, on 2nd and short it isn’t as necessary but negative plays are always bad.
3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 3-4, 31 yards, 3 sacks for -20 yards (converted 2 of 7)
Run: 2 rushes for 26 yards (13.0 ypc), 1 TD (converted 1 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 5-10, 50 yards, 3 sacks for -20 yards (converted 2 of 13)
Run: 5 rushes for 36 yards (7.2 ypc), 1 TD (converted 2 of 5)

Breakdown: After converting 2 early third down and longs through the air, the issue became protection from the 2nd quarter on.  3 sacks ended drives.  Johnson did have the lovely touchdown run late to clinch the game as well.  Just 4 of 18 for the season though is rough.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or more)
Pass: No Plays
Run: 4 rushes for 21 yards (5.3 ypc) (converted 3 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: No Plays
Run: 8 rushes for 33 yards, 1 TD (4.1 ypc) (converted 5 of 8)

Breakdown: Not much here expect Cats did their job in short yardage better, although only 4 plays to look at.  This is an area they have been very good at over the last 2 years and against SEC opponents it will be key.

Article written by Bryan the Intern