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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown (Florida)

Each Monday I will break down the offensive numbers in hopefully a more interesting way that you normally see.  I like to see if there are certain situations where the UK offense excels, based on down and distance.  I will also keep a running count of the stats over the course of the season.  Against Florida, the offense was as good as we have seen for 3 quarters and then seemed to basically be handcuffed by play-calling from there forward.  

1st Down
Pass: 7-10, 122 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -2 yards
Run: 17 rushes for 106 yards (6.2 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 25-38, 408 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -10 yards
Run: 71 rushes for 343 yards (4.8 ypc) (2 fumbles lost)

Breakdown: Cats were dynamic on first down throughout the first 3 quarters, and they did it both with the run and pass.  The play calling was beautiful with a mixture of traditional runs, specialty plays for Bowden, and Stephen Johnson throwing the ball.  The 4th quarter?  Not so much.
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2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 6-8, 58 yards, 1 TD, 2 sacks for -12 yards
Run: 6 rushes for 18 yards (3.0 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 15-24, 176 yards, 2 TD, 2 sacks for -12 yards
Run: 35 rushes for 135 yards (3.9 ypc)

Breakdown: Cats were efficient through the air but could find no room in the rushing game, pushing them into 3rd and long too much.  UK also allowed 2 sacks which hurt the offense’s progress.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Pass: 1-1, 3 yards
Run: 2 rushes for 25 yards (12.5 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 5-7, 46 yards
Run: 13 rushes for 35 yards, 2 TD (2.7 ypc)

Breakdown: Only 3 plays run on 2nd and short and only 20 plays total over 4 games.  This shows Cats are boom or bust on 1st down.  Nonetheless, UK had one nice King run and nothing else.
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3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 2-4, 9 yards, 1 sack for -3 yards (converted 0 of 5)
Run: 2 rushes for -12 yards (-6.0 ypc) (converted 0 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 11-20, 115 yards, 5 sacks for -35 yards (converted 6 of 25)
Run: 9 rushes for 81 yards (9.0 ypc), 1 TD (converted 3 of 9)

Breakdown: Cats were about as bad as you could be on 3rd and long, actually averaging negative yardage on those plays (although the -18 yard loss on the snap over the head skews that a little).

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or more)
Pass: 1-2, 14 yards, 1 TD (converted 1 of 2)
Run: 1 rush for 0 yards (converted 0 of 1)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 4-6, 31 yards (converted 4 of 6)
Run: 12 rushes for 59 yards, 1 TD (4.9 ypc) (converted 6 of 12)

Breakdown: Only 3 plays here but bad results.  Again, Cats botch the running game on 3rd and short.  Now just 50% for the season.  That is a really bad trend that has been the result of poor execution in the Wildcat.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

2 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown (Florida)



  1. UKBlue1982
    10:07 am September 25, 2017 Permalink

    Defensive Plays With 10 Players On Field: 2



  2. Bluebloodtoo
    11:16 am September 25, 2017 Permalink

    Ok, We need to put this loss in perspective.
    First – Forget about the stupid losing streak. At least 25 of those 30 years we deserved to lose, so we shouldn’t be that upset about the past when we knew we sucked as a program.
    Second – We played a very competitive game against the #20 team in the nation and had them down on the ropes. We should have won that game. This part is disappointing, but it should also be somewhat reassuring that we can compete on that level this year.

    Let these guys get back to work and improve every week. They will make us proud many times this season.