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:
Run: 26 rushes, 146 yards, 1 TD (1 fumble lost)
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.
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.