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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown

© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | Getty

A breakdown of the defensive effort against Eastern Kentucky, divided into the major situations.  Also included are combined stats for the season:

Run: 28 rushes for 108 yards (3.9 ypc)
Pass: 2-5, 13 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 97 rushes for 475 yards (4.9 ypc)
Pass: 38-55, 487 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks for -9 yards

RECAP: How committed was EKU to the run?  On 1st down, 24 of their last 25 plays were running plays.  They clearly thought they had an advantage there.  The stats would tell you that 3.9 ypc is not great but that includes a 13 yard loss in overtime.  In reality, EKU was consistently getting 4-6 yards per carry for most of the 2nd half.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 6 rushes for 19 yards (3.2 ypc)
Pass: 6-14, 86 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 28 rushes for 136 yards (4.9 ypc)
Pass: 21-44, 215 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -5 yards

RECAP: Overall a good situation for the UK defense.  The completions did go for big yardage but the completion percentage was below 50% and the rushing defense was solid.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 6 rushes for 14 yards (2.3 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 3-3, 19 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 33 rushes for 170 yards (5.2 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 9-14, 45 yards

RECAP: Once again, UK’s rush defense was solid and the pass defense limited the Colonels to shorter yardage here although not any incompletions.  All in all, very good D.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 2 rushes for 21 yards (10.5 ypc) (converted 1 of 2)
Pass: 7-9, 50 yards, 1 TD (converted 2 of 9)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 7 rushes for 45 yards (6.4 ypc) (converted 1 of 7)
Pass: 19-31, 179 yards, 3 sacks for -27 yards (converted 9 of 34)

RECAP: UK kept all the passes in front of them so that despite 7 completions on 3rd and long, EKU only converted 2 into 1st downs.  Historically, UK has been bad on 3rd and long but this year the Cats have been very good in preventing the big play here.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 5 rushes for 26 yards (5.2 ypc), 1 TD (converted 4 of 5)
Pass: 1-1, 15 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -8 yards (converted 1 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 20 rushes for 82 yards (4.1 ypc), 3 TD (converted 15 of 20)
Pass: 3-9, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -16 yards (converted 1 of 11)

RECAP: The UK defense did not make the key stops on short yardage situations and they haven’t really in the run game done so all year.  Plus, they allowed their first passing play conversion on EKU’s final touchdown of the game.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

4 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown

  1. android guy
    8:17 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    In hindsight, the defense didn’t play as badly as I first thought, though it was not a performance to be proud of either. Instead of being terrible, they were just mediocre. And they were lacking defensive playmakers for most of the night.

  2. BlueRibbon
    8:32 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t like the results on paper but, the win-loss column looks great!

    This EKU team came in with plenty of fodder (coaches saying reserves would get in) from UK and add in the motivation of a fallen team mate…plus UK just didn’t take a very good EKU team serious and this is the results.

    EKU played hard, was the better coached team, executed their plays and brought the game to UK for 3 1/2 quarters. Tough to maintain that with all that went on for them over the week of preparation. Respect for them and hope their year continues to be a successful one!

  3. CatsFanFrankfort
    10:33 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    I’ll take 34% converting on 3rd down for the season. That number would be even better if we could stop the run on the shorter downs. But that sounds OK to me. Crazy that we allow conversions on 3rd-and-long only 24% of the time on the season and 52% for 3rd and long. Obviously those 2nd-and-long plays are becoming more important.
    (At least that’s what I got with my limited math skills)

  4. CatsFanFrankfort
    10:34 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    **52% on 3rd-and-short, I mean.