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

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Well, that was a depressing end to the season, wasn’t it?  It many ways that game was completely symbolic of the entire season.  You can still see the talent out there.  There are these flashes where you see the QB’s throw a pretty ball, the receivers make a great play or the running backs make an SEC-caliber move.  But the overall inconsistency from this team all year is beyond infuriating.  This season was basically a wasted season.  The league, and especially the eastern division, was WEAK.  And UK went 2-4 against that group of teams.  UL is as weak as they have been since Kragthorpe, and they beat us by 2 touchdowns in Lexington.

All season, you have seen the offensive numbers on the decline.  So for the final time this season, thankfully, are the offensive numbers broken down into situations, with the season total in italics.  What stands out for you?

1ST DOWN
Run: 20 rushes for 70 yards (3.5 ypc)
Pass: 1-5, 8 yards, 1 INT

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 189 rushes for 1,000 yards (5.3 ypc), 5 TD
Pass: 84-149, 960 yards, 6 TD, 7 INT, 8 sacks for -50 yards

RECAP: Pretty pathetic all around here.  Completed one pass the entire game on first down.  Ran the ball 4 out of every 5 1st down plays, but only for 3.5 yards per carry.  Just bad.  For the year, the running game was pretty decent overall.  The passing game was bad, no other way to say it.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 7 rushes for 15 yards (2.1 ypc)
Pass: 3-9, 19 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 86 rushes for 563 yards (6.5 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 51-98, 478 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 5 sacks for -30 yards

RECAP: The numbers for the UL game need no explanation.  For the season, the running game got a very good 6.5 yards per carry but the passing game was anemic, completing just over 50% of their passes for less than 10 yards per completion.  Just no threat most of the year.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 5 rushes for 22 yards (4.4 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: NONE

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 44 rushes for 160 yards (3.6 ypc), 7 TD
Pass: 16-22, 123 yards, 1 INT

RECAP: Rightfully so, the Cats had no trust to try and throw the ball here, as they really didn’t most of the year.  Interestingly, UK ran 66 plays in 2nd and short this season, while running 189 plays in 2nd and long.  1st down was really not the Cats strength most of the season.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: NONE
Pass: 4-10, 119 yards, 3 sacks for -21 yards (converted 4 of 13)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 16 rushes for 169 yards (10.6 ypc), 1 TD (converted 9 of 16)
Pass: 49-87, 733 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT, 11 sacks for -74 yards (converted 30 of 98)

RECAP: UK went 4 for 4 through the air in the 1st half on 3rd and long, an incredible number considering how bad they had been all year.  Then in the 2nd half, they went 0 for 7, not completing a single pass.  For the season, horrible on the passing side of things, not converting even 30% of their chances.  That goes back to QB play and wildly inconsistent receivers.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 2 rushes for 7 yards (3.5 ypc), 1 TD (converted 2 of 2)
Pass: 1-2, 53 yards (converted 1 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 30 rushes for 166 yards, 1 TD (5.7 ypc) (converted 19 of 30)
Pass: 10-26, 151 yards, 4 sacks for -33 yards (converted 9 of 30)

RECAP: Same story as much of the season.  Look at those passing numbers for the season.  Just beyond poor and teams knew that UK couldn’t convert through the air on 3rd down.  They keyed on our weak offensive line and inconsistent QB play and ate us alive.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

4 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Playcalling Breakdown (Louisville)



  1. constantinexi
    8:23 am November 30, 2015 Permalink

    After a second straight season that ended in a 5 alarm Dumpster Fire, the only question is how many more transfer and how many recruits bail.

    Stoops had better have a strong 2nd half of the season AND get to a decent bowl game next year or he has to be fired, especially after the investments in the facilities which can no longer be used as an excuse!



    • CATandMONKEY
      8:47 am November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Dumpster fire may be a kind description after Saturday. All season, I have been mostly supportive of Stoops, neutral on Elliot and fairly critical of Dawson. We are truly at the point that next season is a bowl or lose your job situation. The talent now is mostly deeper and better than ever but the results are bordering on abysmal, considering the talent. The lack of team leaders falls on the coaches. Lack of motivation…same guys. Rift in the locker room? It is up to the coaches to recognize this and correct it in any manner necessary.

      As much as I hate to see yet another OC in just a few years, how is Dawson going to alter his style to put points on the board? Elliot’s boys couldn’t hurry a QB all season and obviously couldn’t figure out the second half gameplan from UofL…simple: QB takes the ball. An 11 year old with 10 minutes of Madden experience could anticipate what we saw…yet millions of dollars in coaches could not. Truly bowl or bust next year.



  2. bigpops
    10:06 am November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops can’t coach – PERIOD. The sooner you all accept that the less frustrated you will be when next season is a failure too. He had 8 home games this year, the East was horrible, didn’t have to play LSU, Bama, Arkansas, A&M, Ole Miss, and the non-conference schedule was a joke, yet he still couldn’t get to 6 wins. I know football. He recruits better than Joker but give me Joker’s in-game coaching any day of the week over this clown. At least he is consistent at press conferences though – “going back to work”…”gotta get stronger, tougher”….”saw some things on the film we can build on”…fact is this man is robbing UK of a big salary and has no business leading an SEC program. Mitch sees it too, but he can’t pull the plug because of the contract he messed up and gave him. If I were in his shoes, I would swallow my pride, pay the big buyout, and start by calling a few of these coaches that know how to run a program and coach instead of trying to learn as they go: Mark Richt, Gene Chizik, Rich Rodriguez, Butch Davis, Pat Fitzgerald, or Tom Herman. For the same money Stoops is making we are in the running for any of those guys. They can coach on day 1, instead of reading A Dummy’s Guide to Coaching College Football trying to get ready for Saturday’s.



    • UK Big Board Update
      2:14 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Got it. Thanks for clarifying.