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

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

A rundown of how the DEFENSE performed this weekend against Vanderbilt, as well as combined season statistics over the first 10 games of the season.

1ST DOWN
Run: 18 rushes for 86 yards (4.8 ypc)
Pass: 6-10, 45 yards, 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 197 rushes for 953 yards (4.8 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 74-107, 1008 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT, 4 sacks for -12 yards

RECAP: UK’s defense actually started pretty well on 1st down but as the game wore on, Vandy’s rushing attack became more and more effective.  UK kept the passing game fairly under control.  The touchdown followed the Boom turnover.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 15 rushes for 33 yards (2.2 ypc)
Pass: 2-3, 50 yards, 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 84 rushes for 489 yards, 1 TD (5.8 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 41-77, 465 yards, 4 TD, 1 sack for -5 yards

RECAP: Vandy continued time and again to run the ball and UK did a nice job defending it on 2nd and long.  But of course once Vandy decided to throw the ball they hit a long touchdown pass.  UK’s defense in a nutshell.  Unprepared.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 3 rushes for 5 yards (1.7 ypc)
Pass: NONE

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 53 rushes for 256 yards (4.8 ypc), 4 TD
Pass: 13-20, 73 yards

RECAP: UK did a nice job defending the run against those 3 plays.  So that’s something.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 2 rushes for 8 yards (4.0 ypc) (converted 1 of 2)
Pass: 5-11, 70 yards (converted 3 of 11)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 15 rushes for 68 yards, 1 TD (4.5 ypc) (converted 3 of 15)
Pass: 34-64, 412 yards, 1 TD, 4 sacks for -34 yards (converted 21 of 68)

RECAP: All in all, a pretty good showing for the Cats here.  They have been really good all year on 3rd and long, except against Tennessee.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 3 rushes for 2 yards (0.7 ypc) (converted 2 of 3)
Pass: 0-1 (converted 0 of 1)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 44 rushes for 172 yards (3.9 ypc), 8 TD (converted 31 of 44)
Pass: 8-15, 67 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -16 yards (converted 6 of 18)

RECAP: Not a lot to analyze here but UK once again was not very successful against the run in a short yardage situation.  A problem all season long.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

2 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown (Vanderbilt)



  1. Marine5150
    8:32 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks you for the stats its always interesting to compare numbers. So what happened to the 300lbs plus defensiveness player that was moved to offense to run the ball or break open a hole for a running back? I would be interested in seeing stats on how many times each player ran the ball or was passed the ball. Catches and drops per player would be very helpful. I think people would see that many players have a much better ratio that aren’t being utilized.



  2. bigpops
    11:43 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Bryan – do yourself a favor and stop wasting valuable time in your life over these numbers. Just simply write that our head coach and offensive coordinator are both in over their heads and until they move on the offense will continue to be bad. People appreciate the truth.