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

Overall, not the best defensive performance for the Cats but some big stops at the end and turnovers still provided some big moments for the Cats.  While the yardage stats were not so great, the D was still crucial is the win on Saturday.  A breakdown of the defensive stats from Saturday:

1st Down
Run: 15 rushes, 145 yards (1 fumble recovery)
Pass: 14-17, 110 yards, 1 INT, 1 sack

Combined Season Stats
Run: 166 rushes, 899 yards, 3 TD (3 fumble recovery)
Pass: 66-125, 706 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT (10 sacks)

Recap: MTSU gashed the UK defense all game, both through the air and on the ground game.  The rush defense had been so good all season on 1st down that it was surprising to see the Blue Raiders get chunk yardage like they did.  Hopefully this is just an anamoly and not something that could lead to an upset on Saturday.

2nd Down
Run: 9 rushes, 53 yards
Pass: 10-10, 111 yards, 2 TD, 3 sacks

Combined Season Stats
Run: 118 rushes, 572 yards, 4 TD (2 fumble recovery)
Pass: 54-85, 576 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT, (10 sacks, 2 fumble recovery)

Recap: The worst 2nd down performance of the year.  Obviously any QB that goes 10 for 10 and throws 2 TD’s did whatever they wanted.  But UK also gave up almost 6 yards a carry as well.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: 4 rushes, 14 yards (converted 0 of 4)
Pass: 3-3, 38 yards (converted 2 of 3)

Overall Season Statistics
Run: 19 rushes, 178 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble recovery (converted 6 of 19)
Pass: 39-64, 454 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 4 sacks (converted 17 of 68)

Recap: A couple rushes were QB scrambles but overall UK was solid here.  Stockstill played really well and hit two nice passes for conversions but overall the UK defense stood strong here.

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

Overall Season Statistics
Run: 34 rushes, 95 yards, 1 TD (converted 20 of 34)
Pass: 23-34, 252 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 4 sacks (converted 22 of 38)

Recap: UK was stout here, stuffing the Blue Raiders twice on 3rd and 1 and also sacking Stockstill once as well.  Those are soul crushing stops for a team trying to make a comeback.  This has been a great situation for the Cats and have led to many big stops.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

1 Comment for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown (MTSU)

  1. jaws2
    3:07 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Overall, because of an inept offense, and an inability to adjust, (as usual) they were on the field WAAAAAAAY to long. Just fix the damn offense and this defense is excellent.