Yesterday, hopefully saw the playcalling breakdown from the LA-Lafayette game for the UK offense. So positives certainly but also some areas that need severe improvement. I think when it comes the defense, there is less positive and more negative from Game #1. With that said, it wasn’t all bad. UK had success in stopping the pass in key situations. They didn’t allow UL-L too many big yardage plays.
Below is the breakdown of how the UK defense fared in each situation, along with a breakdown of what to focus on. These posts will generally be on Tuesday mornings for the rest of the season.
Run: 20 rushes for 85 yards (4.3 ypc)
Pass: 11-13, 119 yards, 1 sack for -1 yard
RECAP: UL-L did much of the opposite that UK did. While they didn’t hit a lot of big yardage plays on 1st down, they consistently got 4-7 yards on this play. This gave them very manageable 2nd down situations. For UK, the rushing numbers are not terrible, but the fact UL-L was so successful in the passing game was worrisome. Obviously UK got very little pressure on the QB.
2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 5 rushes for 16 yards (3.2 ypc)
Pass: 8-10, 54 yards
RECAP: Much like 1st down, UK’s inability to get any kind of pressure on the QB, especially in a pass-first situation, allowed Lafayette to throw for a very high percentage and get decent yardage. UK did defend the run well in this scenario though.
2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 11 rushes for 110 yards (10.0 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 1-4, 4 yards
RECAP: UK allowed 2 long TD runs in this scenario so obviously not great there. Defended the pass well, especially on the final drive of the game. Remember also that UK ran ZERO plays in 2nd and short situations in this game, while Lafayette ran 15. All UK did better was big plays but the overall offensive performance might have gone to UL-L.
3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Pass: 3-6, 30 yards, 1 sack for -8 yards (converted 1 of 7)
RECAP: Really not a whole bunch of plays here because UL-L was consistently getting themselves into 3rd and short situations. With that said, the Rajun Cajuns converted just 1 of 7 3rd and long plays, so that is great for the UK defense.
3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 7 rushes for 41 yards, 2 TD (converted 7 of 7)
Pass: 1-5, 1 INT (converted 0 of 5)
RECAP: Those running stats really do not bode well for UK’s ability to make necessary stops. When UL-Lafayette ran the ball on 3rd and short, they converted all 7 times. That might be the stat I take away most from this game on the defensive side for UK. Can they stop a team for running for 1-5 yards when they need it the most? After 1 game, it doesn’t appear so.