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

Each Tuesday I will break down the defensive numbers in hopefully a more interesting way that you normally see.  I like to see if there are certain situations where the UK defense excels, based on down and distance.  I will also keep a running count of the stats over the course of the season.  Against Florida, the rush defense was questionable most of the game and it cost them dearly in the 4th quarter.      

1st Down
Pass: 9-15, 121 yards, 1 INT
Run: 10 rushes for 76 yards (7.6 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 40-66, 537 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 1 sack for -3 yards
Run: 40 rushes for 166 yards (4.2 ypc)

Breakdown: Florida came out throwing the ball on 1st down, likely because of how good UK’s rush defense had been.  But they quickly switched to the run and it was very effective all game.  7.6 yards per carry was a killer, especially in the 4th quarter.
2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 1-2, 11 yards
Run: 11 rushes for 53 yards (4.8 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 21-31, 209 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Run: 26 rushes for 110 yards (4.2 ypc)

Breakdown: You think Florida thought they could run the ball against UK?  11 rushes against 2 passes in 2ND AND LONG!  Part of that is Florida was inept in throwing the ball but they also dominated up front so it was to their benefit too.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Pass: 1-1, 7 yards
Run: 5 rushes for 11 yards (2.1 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 8-12, 103 yards, 1 TD
Run: 15 rushes for 44 yards (2.9 ypc)

Breakdown: UK did have a nice series of plays here, as they have all season.  They consistently pushed Florida into 3rd down in these situations.
3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 2-3, 14 yards, 1 sack for -2 yards (converted 1 of 4)
Run: 2 rushes for 9 yards (4.5 ypc) (converted 0 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 12-18, 97 yards, 1 INT, 4 sacks for -34 yards (converted 4 of 22)
Run: 4 rushes for 16 yards (4.0 ypc) (converted 0 of 6)

Breakdown: Cats were, once again, very good in 3rd and long.  UK has prevented QB scrambles, any long pass plays, or any kind of momentum swinging plays on 3rd and long.  4 for 28 for the season is quite good.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or more)
Pass: 2-3, 1 yard, 1 TD (converted 1 of 2)
Run: 5 rushes for 15 yards (3.0 ypc), 1 TD (converted 2 of 5)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 10-15, 63 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -3 yards (converted 7 of 15)
Run: 15 rushes for 46 yards, 1 TD (3.1 ypc) (converted 7 of 15)

Breakdown: Holding an opponent under 50% on 3rd and short is always good, but all of these conversions came in the 4th quarter.  So when it counted most the Cats couldn’t make the stops.  But still an overall good performance.

Article written by Bryan the Intern