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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Cats Redzone Defense Stout So Far

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For whatever reason, there is no record on the UK Athletics website (that I can find) of redzone stats for the 2014 season, but I can almost guarantee that they were not pretty.  In fact, throughout UK football history, it seems rare for a UK football team to buckle down in the redzone very often and stop teams from scoring touchdowns.  But this year’s team might be different.  Through 2 games, UK’s defense has very much been a “bend but don’t break” kind of unit.  Against UL-Lafayette, there certainly were some big plays that the defense gave up from outside the redzone but against South Carolina, the Gamecocks got 5 opportunities from inside the UK 20-yard line.  They could have scored as much as 35 points in those situations.  They instead scored 16.  Those 19 points are HUGE.  A little deeper breakdown of the redzone defensive stats so far:

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (2 appearances, 1 TD, 1 FG)
Runs: 5 rushes for 18 yards, 1 TD
Passes: 1 sack for -8 yards

SOUTH CAROLINA (5 appearances, 1 TD, 3 FG)
Runs: 10 rushes for 29 yards, 1 TD
Passes: 3-7, 9 yards

COMBINED (7 appearances, 2 TD, 4 FG)
Runs: 15 rushes for 47 yards, 2 TD
Passes: 3-7, 9 yards, 1 sack for -8 yards
TOTAL: 23 plays, 48 yards, 2 TD

Opponents are averaging just 2.2 yards per play once they get into the redzone.  That is fantastic.  And consider 1 of the 2 TD’s that UK gave up came off the interception in the 1st quarter against South Carolina that they returned to the 1-yard line.  Now the opponents will really ramp up and it will be interesting to see if the UK defense can continue this kind of performance when it matters.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

1 Comment for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Cats Redzone Defense Stout So Far

  1. The Architect
    8:55 am September 17, 2015 Permalink

    Try as another resource. They have a nice database sortable by multiple categories. They won’t have drive charts and some of the other things UK Athletics has, but it definitely has red zone stats.