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

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This is the final Offensive Breakdown of the season, so use the comments to talk about the overall success/failure of the offense in the various situations facing them and where you would like to see improvement in 2017.

1st Down
Pass: 5-9, 162 yards, 2 TD

Run: 22 rushes for 116 yards (5.3 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 55-99, 839 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT, 7 sacks for -50 yards (1 fumble lost)
Run: 255 rushes for 1,649 yards (6.5 ypc), 12 TD

RECAP: As it has been for 2/3 of the season, the rushing attack was potent and continued to put UK is very advantageous positions on 2nd down.  But it was the pass game that was huge against Louisville, with Johnson’s first 2 TD passes coming on 1st down.  UL wasn’t ready for the deep options and UK took advantage big time.  If this continues in the bowl game and 2017, UK’s offense could be the best in SEC.
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2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 4-6, 30 yards

Run: 10 rushes for 50 yards (5.0 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 37-61, 476 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT, 8 sacks for -51 yards (1 fumble lost)
Run: 119 rushes for 726 yards (6.1 ypc), 1 TD 

RECAP: Solid production here but nothing spectacular.  The Cats had no running game through 3 quarters here but hit 2 big runs in the 4th, including a big one on the final drive.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 2-3, 32 yards

Run: 2 rushes for 0 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 9-15, 172 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -5 yards (1 fumble lost)
Run: 48 rushes for 246 yards (5.0 ypc), 4 TD

RECAP: Only 5 plays here but the BIG one was the long pass by Johnson on the final drive of the game.  The aggressive play from Eddie Gran was a nice surprise and it worked to perfection.
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3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 2-6, 63 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (converted 2 of 6)

Run: 4 rushes for 37 yards (9.3 ypc) (converted 2 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 29-67, 502 yards, 5 TD, 5 INT, 8 sacks for -65 yards (converted 20 of 75)
Run: 21 rushes for 172 yards (8.2 ypc), 2 TD (converted 5 of 17)

RECAP: Completing 40% of these 3rd downs is a massive improvement from the 28% the Cats were converting before the game.  Plus, the final UK touchdown by Dorian Baker the TD Maker is included in here.  Each of the “rushing” conversions were actually scrambles from Stephen Johnson, showing his impact in that part of the game too.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 3-4, 54 yards (converted 3 of 4)

Run: 4 rushes for 24 yards (6.0 ypc), 1 TD (converted 3 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 14-27, 182 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -4 yards (converted 13 of 28)
Run: 39 rushes for 244 yards (6.3 ypc) (converted 27 of 39)

RECAP: Cats lethal in this aspect of the game.  6 of 8 conversions including the Snell touchdown.  This is one area UK has been really good all season and the improved passing game only adds to that success.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

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



  1. Blastoid
    8:59 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

    offense could be “Best in the SEC”?? Pump the brakes BTI, let’s enjoy the win and moderate expectations as we see how things play out huh?



  2. CATandMONKEY
    9:14 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

    Aggressive Gran is the Gran we need for every game from now on.
    I suspect his play calling opened up as his confidence in Stephen increased. No doubt Stephen, Hinshaw and Gran worked incredibly hard to polish the rough spots and help make the QB we saw Saturday.

    I am guilty of not believing. I thought we would beat the spread but not by much. So pleased to be completely wrong. (Don’t tell my wife.)