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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown (Texas A&M)

© John Glaser | USATSI

© John Glaser | USATSI

It was really the nightmare scenario for the Cats offense against Texas A&M.  This offense does not work if they are forced into passing situations.  And you avoid those situations with a 5-7 yard average on 1st down and then quality production on 2nd down that leaves you 3rd and short situations.  The Cats have done that all year, taking a ton of pressure off Terry Wilson and getting the ball in Benny’s hands more.  UK had a chance to do that in overtime and botched it.  But for the most part, this game is exactly how you beat the UK offense.  I hope Wilson continues to get the starting nod but he is definitely limited when forced to pass.  Moving forward, for this season to remain special, the errors in College Station can’t happen again.

1st Down
Run: 10 rushes, 45 yards
Pass: 6-8, 29 yards, 1 sack allowed

Run: 114 rushes, 723 yards, 11 TD
Pass: 39-56, 398 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT  (1 sack allowed) (1 fumble lost)

Recap: In a season where the UK offense had consistently gotten 6-7 yards per first down play, they struggled mightily on Saturday.  Just 73 yards on 19 plays run.  The passing attack was tiny passes all night as Terry Wilson’s confidence was clearly low.  Cats offense can not get into “pass first” situations, or so it seems, or they become incredibly limited.

2nd Down
Run: 9 rushes, 31 yards
Pass: 4-6, 75 yards, 1 TD, 3 sacks allowed

Run: 80 rushes, 461 yards, 4 TD (2 fumbles lost)
Pass: 26-37, 291 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT (5 sacks allowed)

Recap: The Lynn Bowden touchdown, really the only offensive highlight, comes here.  UK also had a couple other nice pass plays but the rushing attack was ineffective.  As you will see below, it led to a bunch of 3rd and longs and that is where the Cats really struggle.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: 3 rushes, 14 yards (converted 0 of 3)
Pass: 3-5, 4 yards, 1 sack allowed (converted 0 of 6)

Run: 11 rushes, 76 yards (converted 2 of 11)
Pass: 13-25, 161 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks allowed (converted 4 of 28)

Recap: Of the 13 3rd downs the Cats faced, nine of them came in “long” situations.  And they converted none of them.  And frankly didn’t come close to converting any of them.  Two of the three completions went for negative yardage and all three rushes were simply Wilson scrambles.  So simply put, the passing attack was pathetic.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Run: 2 rushes, 4 yards (converted 2 of 2)
Pass: 0-1, 1 sack allowed (converted 0 of 2)

Run: 24 rushes, 150 yards, 1 TD (converted 19 of 24)
Pass: 6-8, 28 yards, 2 sacks allowed (converted 4 of 10)

Recap: Pretty symbolic stats here.  Two conversions on 3rd down, both on 3rd and 1, and they only get 2 yards on each play.  And then of course the worst play call in recent memory, the overtime 3rd down play.  It doesn’t need any more analysis here but I bet we’ll see the ball in Benny’s hands for the remainder of the season in 3rd and 1 or 2 situations.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

15 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown (Texas A&M)

  1. ghunt
    10:11 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

    We will face 8 in the box for the rest of the year, no holes for Benny, Terry will continue to take sacks and lose yards

    • cats646
      10:18 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Double back sets will spread the defense out a little. Hope Gran looks into some different formations like that.

    • CombatMedic_98
      10:47 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Like a new QB…Wilson sucks…PERIOD.

    • cats646
      11:51 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Pipe down medic, we’re talking sports. You can put your two cents in when we start discussing Legos. Pathetic little child.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:13 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Hah, I’ve been screaming for double back sets for THREE years; we have the talent.

  2. IBleedBlue
    10:22 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

    Predictions going forward: dual qb’s, screens and sweeps to the edges, new kicker

  3. ghunt
    10:49 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

    Still don’t understand why redshirt a kicker if the one you have sucks

  4. CombatMedic_98
    10:50 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

    A winning team has a winning QB…one whom can throw the ball to his receivers CONSISTENTLY…line Alabama’s QB, Georgia’s QB, MISSOURI QB, Clemson QB…etc. I mean it’s not Rocket Science.

  5. Papaw
    10:58 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

    Proven fact that Wilson is not a passing QB and when he’s scared to run 2 yards in OT for a first down, he’s a liability at that point and useless

    • T-wah
      11:16 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Perfect example of Wilson not having confidence (or being afraid to run) was in the 1st quarter. Had a chance to run for a 1st down, but TURNED AROUND and backed into the lineman. Could have easily stepped to the left and gained a yard or two. Never saw it because he TURNED HIS BACK. Ridiculous.

    • CombatMedic_98
      1:07 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

      He was scared to death…

  6. Rain1940
    11:13 am October 8, 2018 Permalink

    The major problem is play calling and lack of a passing QB. Admitting after the game that you should have handed the ball to your best offensive player is admitting you aren’t competent as a play caller. Not handing the ball to Benny more than 13 times is a losing mentality when Benny is all the team has with Wilson at QB. Wilson can’t throw the ball over 10 yards downfield with any accuracy. Our excellent receivers are of no use, other than blockers. Conrad is suppose to be a great tight end but he never gets the ball. It’s costing him money at the next level or even an opportunity to get to the next level. Either get a QB that can pass, Hoak or Clark, or lose more games this year when they stack the box to take Benny out of the game. No matter the record so far, Gran is the major problem. He is a poor play caller and a poor evaluator of QB’s. He badly wanted Barker over Johnson, look how that played out the one time he tried. Bring on basketball.

    • CombatMedic_98
      1:12 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

      I have saying this since 01 Sep 18…the critics and the professionals said this before he got here that he CANT throw and that’s a fact. He has compromised our team more than once. Gunner or Danny should get a look. Maybe one quarter each.

    • Blue Bill
      7:13 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Moron alert. Disappears for the 5 game win streak and just couldn’t wait to rear your ugliness after the first loss of the season. You are a miserable dude. I don’t know how Gunnar puts up with you every night.