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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown (Eastern Michigan)

Each Tuesday I will break down the defensive numbers in hopefully a more interesting way that you normally see.  I like to see if there are certain situations where the UK defense excels, based on down and distance.  I will also keep a running count of the stats over the course of the season.  Against Eastern Michigan, while the offense sputtered, the defense was very good in most areas of the game.  There were some issues in pass defense but overall, another great performance by the D.      

1st Down
Pass: 12-15, 170 yards, 2 TD, 2 sacks for -21 yards
Run: 12 rushes for 34 yards (2.7 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 52-81, 707 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT, 3 sack for -24 yards
Run: 52 rushes for 200 yards (3.8 ypc)

Breakdown: EMU scored all 3 of its touchdowns on 1st down but the rush defense was actually quite good, as it has been all season.  But the pass defense was very poor.  EMU’s quarterback sliced and diced UK up and down all afternoon but the only positive is on the last 2 drives, UK did buckle down and knock down a couple passes on 1st down.
2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 7-14, 70 yards, 1 INT
Run: 7 rushes for 10 yards (1.4 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 28-45, 279 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Run: 33 rushes for 120 yards (3.6 ypc)

Breakdown: Cats were stellar all game in this situation.  Most of the passing yards occurred on the last 2 drives when Cats were playing prevent-like defense.  The rush defense has been great all season and against EMU was no different.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Pass: 3-3, 24 yards
Run: 2 rushes for 2 yards (1.0 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 11-15, 127 yards, 1 TD
Run: 17 rushes for 46 yards (2.7 ypc)

Breakdown: Only 5 plays but Cats were solid.  They do give up 3 completions but none for huge gains.  And the rush defense, again, was awesome.
3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 3-9, 20 yards, 1 INT, 3 sacks for -20 yards (converted 2 of 12)
Run: 1 rush for 7 yards (7.0 ypc) (converted 1 of 1)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 15-27, 117 yards, 2 INT, 7 sacks for -54 yards (converted 6 of 34)
Run: 5 rushes for 23 yards (4.6 ypc) (converted 1 of 7)

Breakdown: Cats continue to be dominant in 3rd and long.  Longtime UK fans can remember that UK was typically AWFUL on 3rd and long, often letting opponents continue drives in heartbreaking ways.  But this team, and last year as well, have been GREAT!  If the Cats can get the opponent to this situation, they are always strong.  For the season, just 7 of 41 conversions.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or more)
Pass: 1-2, 2 yards (converted 1 of 2)
Run: No Plays

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 11-17, 65 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -3 yards (converted 8 of 17)
Run: 15 rushes for 46 yards, 1 TD (3.1 ypc) (converted 7 of 15)

Breakdown: Cats continue to hold opponents around 50% in this situation, a great number to hold.  These holds in short yardage situations are incredibly demoralizing to the opponent.

Article written by Bryan the Intern