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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown (Missouri)

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 Mizzou, a 40-point outing masked some problems in the offense.  But overall, some big plays were a nice development from the Cats.

1st Down
Pass: 8-14, 79 yards
Run: 17 rushes for 58 yards (3.4 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 44-63, 588 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 5 sacks for -33 yards (1 fumble lost)
Run: 101 rushes for 439 yards (4.3 ypc) (2 fumbles lost)

Breakdown: Cats were not really effective on 1st down, gaining just 137 yards on 31 plays, just a little more than 4 yards a play.  They didn’t hurt themselves though with just two -1 yard plays and a couple over 1o yard plays.  Plus the Snell touchdown is included here.  All in all, an average day on 1st down.
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2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 7-9, 158 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack for -6 yards
Run: 8 rushes for 39 yards (4.8 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 24-37, 338 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 4 sacks for -27 yards
Run: 50 rushes for 200 yards (4.0 ypc)

Breakdown: The best segment of plays in the game was 2nd and long as Stephen Johnson carved up the Mizzou defense all night long.  One bad interception but otherwise a bunch of huge yardage plays, including the Garrett Johnson touchdown.  The rushing attack showed a little more promise than most of the year but still not a big play capability.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Pass: 0-3
Run: 5 rushes for 12 yards (2.4 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 5-10, 46 yards
Run: 25 rushes for 56 yards, 2 TD (2.2 ypc)

Breakdown: This continues to be a problem spot for the Cats and usually revolves around a complete lack of run game.  For the season a 2.2 yards per carry average.  A total of 35 plays run for just 102 yards.  All year.  That’s really, really bad.
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3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 3-6, 17 yards (converted 1 of 6)
Run: No Plays

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 18-35, 197 yards, 1 TD, 5 sacks for -35 yards (converted 11 of 40)
Run: 10 rushes for 86 yards (8.6 ypc), 1 TD (converted 3 of 10)

Breakdown: UK had been hovering around converting these 1 out of 3 times, which isn’t awful.  Against Mizzou, just 1 of 6.  The Tigers did a nice job of defending the pass in these 3rd and long situations.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or more)
Pass: 3-4, 41 yards, 1 TD (converted 3 of 4)
Run: 7 rushes for 77 yards (11.0 ypc), 1 TD (converted 4 of 7)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 8-13, 77 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -4 yards (converted 8 of 14)
Run: 23 rushes for 145 yards, 2 TD (6.3 ypc) (converted 12 of 23)

Breakdown: This is a situation where the stats don’t really do the reality justice.  That’s because Snell’s 71-yard TD run is included, which means that on the other 6 runs that UK attempted they only gained 6 total yards and converted just 3 of 6 opportunities.  I say this every week but for whatever reason UK has been poor in these scenarios.  Blame the wildcat formation if you want.  But the line is not blocking and UK is not getting the tough yards.  It will cost them a game eventually.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

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



  1. EdC
    11:53 am October 9, 2017 Permalink

    Granted it was against a horrible defensive team but the offense kept UK in the game.



  2. christopherharrison26
    1:02 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

    Do you really mean for the last category to be:
    3rd Down and Short (5 yards or more)?

    Or should it be:
    3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)?