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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown (Vanderbilt)

That was a truly brutal game to watch on Saturday but as has been the case for much of the year, the Cats find a way to win and for that you can only be thrilled.  The passing game has not been that bad since the Bill Curry days but the rushing game was once again lethal, providing the path to victory.  A look back on the somewhat ugly, somewhat beautiful numbers against Vanderbilt:

1st Down
Run: 26 rushes, 146 yards, 1 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 0-1

Run: 140 rushes, 869 yards, 12 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 39-57, 398 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT  (1 sack allowed) (1 fumble lost)

Recap: No real surprise here that UK almost exclusively ran the ball on 1st down, not only because they were successful with it but also because they couldn’t even attempt to pass.  Look, it’s no secret to beat Georgia (or even Missouri) UK will have to at least have a threat of a pass game.

2nd Down
Run: 17 rushes, 74 yards (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 1-3, 2 yards

Run: 97 rushes, 535 yards, 4 TD (3 fumbles lost)
Pass: 27-40, 293 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT (5 sacks allowed)

Recap: Rushing numbers very solid but the passing numbers are stunning.  This actually hasn’t been a bad down for passing in 2018 but the Cats barely even tried against Vanderbilt.  It’s hard to know what the right solution is but it is incredibly rare that being this one dimensional works out in the long term.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: 2 rushes, 11 yards (converted 0 of 2)
Pass: 1-4, 11 yards (converted 1 of 4)

Run: 13 rushes, 87 yards (converted 2 of 13)
Pass: 14-29, 172 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks allowed (converted 5 of 32)

Recap: Much of the same as has been all year.  When put in obvious passing situations, Cats are toast.  The 2 “rushing” plays listed here were actually both scrambles by Wilson.  So all in all, 6 times he dropped back to pass and only converted 1 of the 6.  For the season, 7 for 45.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Run: 6 rushes, 39 yards (converted 5 of 6)
Pass: 1-1, 5 yards, 1 TD (converted 1 of 1)

Run: 30 rushes, 189 yards, 1 TD (converted 24 of 30)
Pass: 7-9, 33 yards, 1 TD, 2 sacks allowed (converted 5 of 11)

Recap: All six rushing attempts were Benny and the touchdown throw was the one passing highlight of the game.  When the Cats need tough yards, they get it.  An absolute staple in the UK offense right now.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

2 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown (Vanderbilt)

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    11:30 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    The passing game obviously needs work, but it’s not quite as bad as Saturday made it appear. Remember the weather conditions, which directly caused one pick for Vandy (and another without a phantom penalty negating it). We have a QB who is shaky passing right now, so Saturday was NOT the time to take chances. Especially when committing to the run had such great results. If the opponent can’t stop the run no matter what, why pass?

    • Matt10
      12:41 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Mostly agree here. The article answers your question. Run only is not sustainable. Not to mention decent receivers will not come here and fewer fans would probably fill seats.