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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown

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Every Tuesday, you will get a defensive breakdown from the past weekend’s game in the various down and distance situations.  While NMSU put up 42 points and the defense has a long way to go, there were some positives for the Cats they can build off of, especially from the 2nd half.

1st Down
Pass: 9-16, 176 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Run: 22 rushes for 120 yards (5.5 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 22-39, 496 yards, 7 TD, 4 INT, 1 sack for -10 yards

Run: 76 rushes for 335 yards (4.4 ypc), 2 TD

RECAP: In the first half, the Cats were PATHETIC on 1st round.  NMSU pretty much did whatever they wanted to do.  But in the 2nd half the defense, especially the pass defense, strengthened and made it much more difficult for the Aggies to move the ball.  Still overall a poor performance from the defense on 1st down.
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2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 3-9, 36 yards

Run: 5 rushes for 14 yards (2.8 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 12-25, 119 yards
Run: 28 rushes for 141 yards (5.0 ypc), 1 TD

RECAP: Awesome defense by the Cats here.  In a game where they gave up 42 points, this is one situation where they dominated all night.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 2-3, 10 yards, 1 TD

Run: 9 rushes for 44 yards (4.9 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 2-4, 10 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Run: 28 rushes for 151 yards (5.4 ypc), 1 TD

RECAP: Despite the fact that NMSU scored 2 touchdowns in this scenario, the overall defense from the Cats was quite good.  The Aggies ran 12 plays and gained 54 yards.  That’s less than 4 yards per play, which is pretty good.
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3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 2-4, 43 yards (converted 2 of 4)

Run: 4 rushes for 16 yards (4.0 ypc) (converted 1 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 10-16, 137 yards, 1 INT (converted 9 of 16)
Run: 6 rushes for 26 yards (4.3 ypc) (converted 1 of 6)

RECAP: Both conversions in the passing game occurred in the 4th quarter when the game was not in doubt.  Overall, UK did a much better job on 3rd and long than they did against Florida and Southern Miss.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 1-2, 12 yards, 1 sack for -4 yards (converted 1 of 3)

Run: 4 rushes for 33 yards (8.3 ypc), 1 TD (converted 3 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 7-10, 81 yards, 1 TD, 3 sacks for -25 yards (converted 7 of 13)
Run: 15 rushes for 110 yards (7.3 ypc), 1 TD (converted 12 of 15)

RECAP: UK continues to struggle when needing short yardage stops, especially in the run game.  This is where the defensive line problems have shown themselves big time.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

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



  1. CPACAT
    8:23 am September 20, 2016 Permalink

    Naming this article “Defensive Breakdown” is very apropos for this team…



  2. The Professor
    12:38 pm September 20, 2016 Permalink

    12 plays for 54 yards is not less than 4 yards per play. It is actually 4.5.