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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

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A rundown of how the DEFENSE performed this weekend against Louisville, as well as combined season statistics over the 12 games of the season.

Run: 15 rushes for 87 yards (5.8 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 7-15, 108 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 232 rushes for 1,082 yards (4.7 ypc), 4 TD
Pass: 84-129, 1,152 yards, 6 TD, 4 INT, 5 sacks for -16 yards

RECAP: Kentucky did a nice job in the run game for most of the game until Jackson really took over and broke off a couple long runs in the 3rd and 4th quarter.  The pass defense wasn’t terrible either although the long James Quick touchdown was included here.  For the season, UK’s defense was at best solid, although holding teams under 5 yards per carry is pretty good.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 13 rushes for 94 yards (7.2 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 1-5, 11 yards, 2 INT

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 112 rushes for 695 yards, 1 TD (6.2 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 46-89, 486 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT, 1 sack for -5 yards

RECAP: The run defense was pathetic all game with UK holding UL to under 4 yards on just 3 of 13 runs.  The passing defense, on the other hand, was the big winner of the game for UK, including both interceptions.  For the season, UK’s run defense here was less than spectacular, giving up over 6 yards per carry for the year.  The pass defense was much better, holding teams to just over 50% completion percentage.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 4 rushes for 35 yards (8.8 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: NONE

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 59 rushes for 301 yards (5.1 ypc), 5 TD
Pass: 14-21, 76 yards, 1 TD

RECAP: Teams generally kept the ball on the ground all year on 2nd and short, with moderate success.  UL did the same, although they only had 4 plays in that scenario.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 4 rushes for 33 yards (8.3 ypc) (converted 2 of 4)
Pass: 0-2 (converted 0 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 22 rushes for 111 yards, 1 TD (5.1 ypc) (converted 5 of 22)
Pass: 36-75, 441 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 6 sacks for -46 yards (converted 23 of 81)

RECAP: The Cats were really good all year on 3rd and long and UL just went 2 for 6 on Saturday, but both of those conversions were with the feet of Lamar Jackson, a really symbolic stat to describe that game.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 2 rushes for 67 yards (33.5 ypc) (converted 2 of 2)
Pass: 2-4, 56 yards (converted 2 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 49 rushes for 243 yards (5.0 ypc), 8 TD (converted 33 of 46)
Pass: 10-19, 123 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -16 yards (converted 8 of 22)

RECAP: The ONE STAT that I think defined this defense is the run conversion stat on 3rd and short.  The inability to stop teams running the ball in short yardage situations showed a lack of toughness, especially at the defensive line.  UL busted 2 very long runs on 3rd and short.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

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

  1. dean winchester
    8:14 am December 1, 2015 Permalink

    I wonder how pre and post melvin lewis injury stats compared

  2. Marine5150
    8:31 am December 1, 2015 Permalink

    I’m a football fan above all else but i’m glad the season is over.

  3. Angelo
    8:36 am December 1, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie Maggard for Head coach.

  4. FunkyMonkey
    9:58 am December 1, 2015 Permalink

    When they ask for my K Fund donation next year with my football tickets, they better include a coupon for like a new TV or something.

  5. BluKudzu
    1:08 pm December 1, 2015 Permalink

    Agree with Dean Winchester. Melvin Lewis made the DLINE productive. I hope he has a full recovery and makes a lot of noise at the next level.
    We have some serious holes to replace on Defense next year. I hope the coaches work very hard getting them ready for a brutal season next year. 2015 was cake compared to what is coming. Stoops and Elliot’s 4th year. 4 years of his recruiting. We should not be young anymore. I am hoping for the best.