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

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 Missouri, probably the worst defensive effort of the year but still some keys plays, a couple turnovers created, and a big stop at the end.  Not all bad:       

1st Down
Pass: 12-20, 172 yards, 1 TD
Run: 14 rushes for 82 yards (5.9 ypc), 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 64-101, 879 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT, 3 sack for -24 yards
Run: 66 rushes for 282 yards (4.3 ypc)

Breakdown: For the first time this year the rush defense struggled on 1st down.  Several long runs allowed Missouri to get into advantageous situations all night long.  They capitalized in the pass game as well, including the inexcusable TD at the end of the first half.  Overall, defense has been solid on 1st down.
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2nd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 4-9, 37 yards
Run: 8 rushes for 41 yards (5.1 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 32-54, 316 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Run: 41 rushes for 161 yards (3.9 ypc)

Breakdown: Solid, solid production here.  They kept pushing Mizzou into 3rd and long situations and forced a bunch of incompletions.  17 plays for 78 yards is a very good showing by the defense here.

2nd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Pass: 0-1
Run: 5 rushes for 45 yards (9.0 ypc)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 11-16, 127 yards, 1 TD
Run: 22 rushes for 91 yards (4.1 ypc)

Breakdown: Rush defense wasn’t great here although just 6 plays total.  Mizzou broke off two nice runs and 9 yards per carry overall.  A surprise considering how good the rush defense had been in these situations this year.
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3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Pass: 3-6, 132 yards, 2 TD, 1 sack for -7 yards (converted 3 of 7)
Run: 2 rushes for 15 yards (7.5 ypc) (converted 1 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 18-33, 249 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 8 sacks for -61 yards (converted 9 of 41)
Run: 7 rushes for 38 yards (5.4 ypc) (converted 2 of 9)

Breakdown: Two long touchdown passes ruined this series of plays for the Cats.  Like many of these categories above, UK played below season average in most areas.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Pass: 3-6, 13 yards (converted 2 of 6)
Run: 2 rushes for 18 yards (9.0 ypc) (converted 2 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Pass: 14-23, 78 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -3 yards (converted 10 of 23)
Run: 17 rushes for 64 yards, 1 TD (3.8 ypc) (converted 9 of 17)

Breakdown: Once again, stopping the opponent 50% of the time here is a good number.  Surprised Mizzou attempted so many passes here but when they did, they were not successful.  Still one of the strongest areas for UK.

Article written by Bryan the Intern