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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown


The breakdown of the offensive production in various situations against Tennessee, as well as the combined season statistics through 8 games in each of those situations:

Run: 18 rushes for 105 yards (5.8 ypc)
Pass: 4-10, 73 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 122 rushes for 648 yards (5.3 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 72-113, 820 yards, 6 TD, 4 INT, 6 sacks for -45 yards

RECAP: The yardage numbers are not terrible but are pretty much a result of 2 drives in the 2nd half and some junk yardage with the game out of hand.  Horton had several long gains.  Towles was pretty poor, including that absurd interception on the screen pass that was pretty much the final nail.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 5 rushes for 29 yards (5.8 ypc)
Pass: 4-9, 27 yards, 1 sack for -3 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 56 rushes for 288 yards (5.1 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 36-68, 390 yards, 2 INT, 4 sacks for -25 yards

RECAP: Once again, the lone bright spot was Horton, who broke 2 nice runs here.  But Towles and the passing attack was non-existent, getting a 1st down on just 1 of 10 passing plays called.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 4 rushes for 15 yards (3.8 ypc)
Pass: 2-2, 24 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 34 rushes for 120 yards (3.5 ypc), 6 TD
Pass: 15-20, 108 yards, 1 INT

RECAP: Only 6 plays total in the game on 2nd and short, which tells you a lot about the overall struggle of the offense.  Hey, at least Towles completed both of these passes for 1st downs.  So see, he did have some bright spots in his game on Saturday.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 1 rush for 1 yard (1.0 ypc) (converted 0 of 1)
Pass: 3-7, 51 yards, 1 sack for -4 yards, 1 fumble lost (converted 1 of 8)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 12 rushes for 135 yards (11.3 ypc), 1 TD (converted 7 of 12)
Pass: 33-58, 509 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 7 sacks for -47 yards (converted 22 of 65)

RECAP: Just horrible.  Towles had no time to attempt to convert these plays but he also was facing 3rd and 10 or more all night long too, so his receivers had no time to get up the field enough.  Just bad all around.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Pass: 2-4, 7 yards (converted 1 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 19 rushes for 73 yards (3.8 ypc) (converted 11 of 19)
Pass: 7-18, 78 yards, 3 sacks for -25 yards (converted 6 of 21)

RECAP: As poor as the UK passing game was all night, it’s kinda surprising they kept throwing the ball on these downs.  The rushing game actually had some success but UK went away from it when they needed the tough yards.  And it bit them here only converting 1 of 4.  For the season, UK has only converted 6 of 21 3rd and shorts with the pass.  Maybe they shouldn’t go there as much.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

12 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown

  1. Echo1
    8:19 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Basically the Offensive Line sucks. We are good at skill positions offensivey, but the O Line is completely inept. Oh, so is Shannon Dawson.

    • Stoops is best thing since sliced bread was invented
      8:41 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Real good at skills positions. Drop after drop after drop, game after game after game by wide receivers. We sure are set. Drink Stoops new batch of big blue Kool Aid. Why do UK fans constantly settle for excuses made by coaches???

    • The Rest of the story
      9:12 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      I don’t and have been suspect of this coaching staff since the second half of the ULL game. No excuse on struggling against ULL, SC, EKU, and losing to a terrible Auburn team. Cats are lucky they only deserve 1 win at this point.

  2. Alex Trebek
    8:29 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Who is Mark Stoops?

    A pudgy little Yahtzee clown of a football coach at a perennial SEC doormat

    • UL Sucks
      8:43 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      And your head football coach is the biggest scumbag in the game. Oh, so is your basketball coach. UL and their fans have no soul.

  3. Snootie
    8:30 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Dammit Joker!

  4. Marine5150
    8:37 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    I’m a football fan above all other sports and I’m not blaming the two blow outs on the QB. It appeared some players fought until the end while some gave up and simply went through the motions. The slogans are, Change the Game, and All In. Why not use the 300 plus running back or use Drew Barker if he can play this week. Why not show something to teams that they haven’t seen UK run this year. Why not be unpredictable in all facets of the game. Some may say limited personal or failure to preform the basic fundamentals. I say so what that’s still going to happen! We are loosing in a big way while doing the same things over and over again. Change it so the other team doesn’t have hardly anything to prepare for.

    • The Rest of the story
      9:18 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      At this point of the season I could not agree more. I say play all four downs on offense. Keep the opponents defense on the field al long as possible. What is the worst that can happen, give up 52 points? Our punter is basically useless so I say go for it every fourth down. I believe there is a high school coach in California that does this and his teams have a very high winning percentage.

    • za
      11:26 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      I agree with you. I hate our whole scheme. Can anyone show me a truly successful program that runs the air raid. I wish we had the ability to go under center and run between the tackles on first down, but we can’t. I really hate our offense. If we keep it going forward, I’d like to have a truly mobile quarterback and run some stuff like OK St does out of the pistol look with three backs.

  5. Matt Roark ain't Walkin' in that door
    9:16 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve been saying since last season that Towles is not an SEC quarterback. He’s inconsistent, inaccurate, can’t read defenses, and has zero leadership skills.
    Now it’s becoming apparent that the coaching on this team is sorely lacking. None of these players have improved as the season has progressed.
    It appears to me that Stoops has lost this team, as they no longer seem to have any will to win. Bad plays are followed by laughter. The last two games the players have given up midway through the 2nd quarter, allowing the other team to put the game out of reach.
    ‘m not a coach, I don’t have the answers. but I know bad football when I see it.

    • The Rest of the story
      9:20 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Well said my friend it is time to make the coaches accountable. Stoops keeps throwing the players under the bus when he is driving the bus.

  6. kyjohn
    10:54 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Three years is ample time to get a football program turned around competitive wise if you have the right coaches.It is becoming clearer that UK is lacking in that category.
    Indecision seems to be the hallmark of Stoops and his staff and it is biting them in the ass in every game.