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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown


Every Tuesday, I break down the UK defensive performance from the previous week in every down and distance situation.  Against Florida, there actually are some positives.  The yards per carry wasn’t too bad.  But Florida had a huge 3rd down conversion rate and hit big play after big play on 1st down.  Unlike Southern Miss, where the defense was pathetic, I actually think there were some positives here.  But not nearly enough to actually win the game.  Hey, maybe I am just trying to find something.

1st Down
Pass: 6-12, 183 yards, 4 TD
Run: 24 rushes for 95 yards (4.0 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 13-23, 320 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT, 1 sack for -10 yards

Run: 54 rushes for 215 yards (4.0 ypc), 1 TD

RECAP: Here’s what is crazy, if you exclude the touchdown numbers from the Florida game, this 1st down defense was very good.  Holding the rushing attack to just under 4.0 yards per carry and the passing game to a 50% completion percentage.  But every time UF completed a pass it basically went for a touchdown.  The pass defense has been so hit or miss in the first two weeks.  Really good 75% of the time, but the bad is crippling.

2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 6-10, 71 yards

Run: 11 rushes for 55 yards (5.0 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 9-16, 83 yards
Run: 23 rushes for 127 yards (5.5 ypc), 1 TD

RECAP: Nothing much to analyze here because Florida just kept gaining moderate yardage and UK just kept letting them.  No huge plays here but Florida could gain 5 yards anytime they want.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: No Plays

Run: 5 rushes for 15 yards (3.0 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 0-1, 1 INT
Run: 19 rushes for 107 yards (5.6 ypc)

RECAP: Clearly Florida knew they didn’t need to throw the ball but UK did do a pretty good job stopping the run here.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 5-8, 53 yards, 1 INT (converted 5 of 8)

Run: 1 rush for 6 yards (6.0 ypc) (converted 0 of 1)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 8-12, 94 yards, 1 INT (converted 7 of 12)
Run: 2 rushes for 10 yards (5.0 ypc) (converted 0 of 2)

RECAP: Pathetic pass defense here.  These are obvious passing downs and UK wasn’t able to stop Florida 63% of the time.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 2-3, 13 yards (converted 2 of 3)

Run: 8 rushes for 71 yards (8.9 ypc), 1 TD (converted 7 of 8)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 6-8, 69 yards, 1 TD, 2 sacks for -21 yards (converted 6 of 10)
Run: 11 rushes for 77 yards (7.0 ypc) (converted 9 of 11)

RECAP: It’s a theme I have said for 2 years.  When tough yards are needed, meaning 3rd and short situations, UK’s defense can’t stop anybody.  Florida got 7 of 8 1st downs when running on 3rd and short.  For the year, UK defense has only stopped opponents 6 of 21 times on 3rd and short.  Can’t get off the field.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

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

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    8:49 am September 13, 2016 Permalink

    Third down remains the glaring weakness. Same old song. The first-down numbers look a little worse than they were because of big plays right after a turnover when the defense has to rush back out suddenly. Yes, it’s on the D, but it’s really the fault of the offense for the turnover.

    12:04 pm September 13, 2016 Permalink

    BTI, way too much analysis. Defense was overall, effectively non-existent.

  3. stoopstroops
    12:08 pm September 13, 2016 Permalink

    Matt Elam better be glad he chose UK over anywhere else. Had he gone to any other school he wouldn’t see the field.

  4. Poppschmidty
    1:20 pm September 13, 2016 Permalink

    Elam needs to consider moving to the offensive side of the ball. His complete lack of effort chasing down plays constantly pisses me off.

  5. sportspot
    3:22 pm September 13, 2016 Permalink

    I may not know football – only played four years in high school and two years as a linebacker in junior college, but I have noticed that in all our losses under Stoops, we have been outscored. That leads me to believe that defense just might be our problem. DJ Elliot has proven he cannot do the job of defensive coordinator. It’s long past time to send him somewhere, but I am sure Barnhart is ready to extend his contract.

    • stoopstroops
      5:48 pm September 13, 2016 Permalink

      This is true, in all of our losses we have been outscored.