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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown (Auburn)

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Run: 20 rushes for 50 yards (2.5 ypc)
Pass: 8-9, 114 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 117 rushes for 525 yards (4.5 ypc)
Pass: 46-64, 601 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks for -9 yards

RECAP: Stats are not hard to figure out on this one.  Rushing defense was fantastic.  The longest rush on 1st down the entire game was 5 yards.  On the other hand, the pass defense was poor.  And it generally has been less than stellar most of the season, with opponents completing over 71% of their passes on 1st down.  We’ll see how Mississippi State chooses to attack the Cats.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 12 rushes for 59 yards (4.9 ypc)
Pass: 3-8, 45 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 40 rushes for 195 yards (4.9 ypc)
Pass: 24-52, 260 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -5 yards

RECAP: Overall a pretty solid group of plays for the UK defense.  It was interesting how much Auburn ran the ball on 2nd and long considering how much success they were having in the passing game on 1st down.  Nonetheless, when they did pass the UK defense was stout.  The rush defense was pretty similar to the stats for the rest of the season.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 6 rushes for 36 yards (6.0 ypc)
Pass: None

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 39 rushes for 206 yards (5.3 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 9-14, 45 yards

RECAP: Auburn continued to stick the ground game here, with moderate success.  Two runs over 10+ yards helped boost these stats but UK was overall very solid here.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 1 rush for 6 yards (6.0 ypc), 1 TD (converted 1 of 1)
Pass: 3-7, 44 yards (converted 3 of 7)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 8 rushes for 51 yards, 1 TD (6.4 ypc) (converted 2 of 8)
Pass: 22-38, 223 yards, 3 sacks for -27 yards (converted 12 of 41)

RECAP: After struggling on the first 2 Auburn series, where UK allowed 4 conversions on 3rd and long, the Cats buckled down and forced 4 straight incompletions the rest of the game.  Those early conversions were huge but nice to see UK get back on track.  They have been really good in these scenarios this season.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 6 rushes for 13 yards (2.2 ypc), 2 TD (converted 4 of 6)
Pass: 3-3, 52 yards, 1 sack for -12 yards (converted 3 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 26 rushes for 95 yards (3.7 ypc), 5 TD (converted 19 of 26)
Pass: 6-12, 52 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -16 yards (converted 4 of 15)

RECAP: For the first time all season UK was hurt by passes in 3rd and short scenarios.  Through the first 5 games, opponents converted just ONE 1st down with the pass on 3rd and short.  Auburn was able to convert 3 different times, as well as run two touchdowns in during 3rd and goal situations.  I think this is where UK lost the game.  Failing to stop Auburn on 3rd and short.

Article written by Bryan the Intern