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

UK needs a big play or two from C-Dub. (Jim Edmonds | USA Today)

Jim Edmonds | USA Today

Jim Edmonds | USA Today

Run: 15 rushes for 83 yards (5.5 ypc)
Pass: 16-21, 262 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack for -3 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 132 rushes for 608 yards (4.6 ypc)
Pass: 62-85, 863 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT, 4 sacks for -12 yards

RECAP: The pass defense was pathetic against Mississippi State, especially on 1st down.  Kentucky had only given up 602 yards passing in 6 games this season on 1st down.  Against MSU, nearly 300 yards.  The rush defense was not much better.  The Chris Westry INT was a small highlight though.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 8 rushes for 68 yards (8.5 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 6-8, 64 yards, 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 48 rushes for 263 yards, 1 TD (5.5 ypc)
Pass: 30-60, 324 yards, 2 TD, 1 sack for -5 yards

RECAP: Nothing positive to see here either.  Most of the rushing yards belonged to Prescott as he over and over torched the Cats.  But when he threw it, he was just as dangerous.  Cats with no answer.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 3 rushes for 15 yards (5.0 ypc)
Pass: 1-2, 9 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 42 rushes for 221 yards (5.3 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 10-16, 54 yards

RECAP: Not many plays run here by Mississippi State because they were constantly getting enough yardage on 1st down.  And when they did have 2nd down, they normally converted there as well.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 1 rush for 5 yards (5.0 ypc) (converted 0 of 1)
Pass: 2-4, 34 yards (converted 1 of 4)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 9 rushes for 56 yards, 1 TD (6.2 ypc) (converted 2 of 9)
Pass: 24-42, 257 yards, 3 sacks for -27 yards (converted 13 of 45)

RECAP: Hey, an area where UK did pretty well!  They’ve actually done really well all season in the scenario and it continued against MSU.  The problem was MSU didn’t actually face too many of these situations so UK didn’t get them off the field.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 6 rushes for 33 yards (5.5 ypc), 2 TD (converted 4 of 6)
Pass: None

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 32 rushes for 128 yards (4.0 ypc), 7 TD (converted 23 of 32)
Pass: 6-12, 52 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -16 yards (converted 4 of 15)

RECAP: UK had no answer for Prescott here.  They were barely a threat to throw the ball in this situation and UK still couldn’t stop them.  Just have to chalk that up to a really bad night for the UK defense.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

10 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown (Mississippi State)

  1. Loki Doki
    8:21 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks for the hard work. What you have done is posted a tendency sheet for the Cat’s offense. If I was the apposing team stat guy…you just saved me a lot of film watching. SMH

    • fatbrat
      10:43 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      I doubt anyone from another team would use BTI stats. Towles’ man “apposing” is a word it is defined as (to place side by side or near to each other)

  2. carvingitup
    8:28 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    These stats are for MSU offense but I see where you are coming from.

  3. bbanks
    8:40 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    I agree that posting these each week is nice, but I could care less about looking at this when we sh#t the bed….and I’m pretty sure UT isn’t relying on BTI for their stat evaluations.

  4. your boss
    8:44 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Only show when we win !!!!

  5. android guy
    9:27 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    I hate to single him out, but Elam was getting abused. Miss St. was singling him out and abusing him, and UT will surely try the same thing so Elam has to shore up his technique quickly or be replaced. Should we use more 4-3 so we don’t have only one tackle? I think it should e a backup plan if Elam struggles.

    • CatsBy80
      9:37 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Regardless if we go with a 3-4 or a 4-3, we HAVE to keep a spy on Dobbs. If he is able to run freely, we will have our hands full again. I must’ve missed something, but why did Hatcher not play? Is he injured?

    • Mixxy
      10:01 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Agreed re: Dobbs. He may not have quite the talent level of a Prescott, but he’s dangerous nonetheless. UK has been very inconsistent in containing rushing QBs.

  6. KYCATS13
    10:09 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Our kids are young and we don’t have depth at any position. Hummm,,,, that sounds familiar, like for the past 62 years. That being said, we’ll get back to work.

  7. PVPB
    1:51 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    This really was a defensive breakdown. It is entirely the fault of our (and I use the term loosely) defensive coordinator. MSU had one man who could beat us and he was not touched all night. I really can’t find much fault with offense nor with Towles. There have ,however, been some strange calls in certain situations but if they are mind boggling to us It should also be the same for the opposition, It is very difficult to score when you are not on the field. I am afraid Elliot is in way over his head and I hope it is not too late for Coach Stoops to take over the defense before he loses his HC job. I really like the man as a coach who can really help this program.