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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown

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Yesterday was ugly.  Having to dive through the offensive numbers from the Florida game was painful.  What were the positives?  You tell me.  Today though we get to look at the defensive side of the ball, where everything beyond 1st down was fantastic.  UK’s secondary has been quite good in defending the pass in key situations and the run defense has been OK when needed the last 2 games.  A little breakdown of the situations:

1ST DOWN
Run: 16 rushes for 98 yards (6.1 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 6-9, 79 yards, 1 INT, 1 sack for -4 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 52 rushes for 298 yards (5.7 ypc)
Pass: 29-37, 392 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 2 sacks for -5 yard

RECAP: UK’s defense was bend and don’t break on 1st down against Florida.  They were allowing Florida some space in the passing game and giving up 6.1 yards per carry in the running game, but didn’t allow huge plays too often.  Still would like to see more pressure on the QB and that YPC number to dip below 5, but overall not bad.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 3 rushes for 3 yards (1.0 ypc)
Pass: 2-5, 16 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 15 rushes for 80 yards (5.3 ypc)
Pass: 11-18, 73 yards, 1 sack for -5 yards

RECAP: UK did a fantastic job in this scenario, forcing Florida into a bunch of 3rd and long situations.  This is right where the defense wants to be.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 7 rushes for 8 yards (1.1 ypc)
Pass: 3-3, 16 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 25 rushes for 146 yards (5.8 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 5-9, 19 yards

RECAP: Really, really good defense here, especially in the running game.  UK absolutely smothered the Florida attack in these situations, although maybe a little too much space in the passing game, allowing Florida 2 short completions that still went for first downs.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 2 rushes for 12 yards (6.0 ypc) (converted 0 of 2)
Pass: 2-4, 14 yards, 1 sack for -4 yards (converted 0 of 5)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 2 rushes for 12 yards (6.0 ypc) (converted 0 of 2)
Pass: 6-14, 60 yards, 2 sacks for -12 yards (converted 2 of 16)

RECAP: UK has been MONEY in this scenario each of the 3 games it has played.  Florida did not convert any of the 7 chances they had and the passing game was almost non-existent for the Gators.  UK has historically been bad in 3rd and long situations but this team has excelled.  Hope it continues.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 3 rushes for 7 yards (2.3 ypc) (converted 2 of 3)
Pass: 0-1 (converted 0 of 1)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 13 rushes for 53 yards (4.1 ypc), 2 TD (converted 10 of 13)
Pass: 2-8, 1 INT, 1 sack for -8 yards (converted 0 of 9)

RECAP: The UK defense was so good in the 2nd half that Florida did not face a single one of these scenarios in the final 2 quarters.  Yes they converted two 3rd and 1 chances in the first half, but both rushes were short, plus UK stuffed UF for no gain on a 3rd and goal.  The secondary also continues to excel in all 3rd down situations.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

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



  1. The Much Better Intern
    9:06 am September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Is there ever a point to your posts?



  2. Jimmy
    2:45 am September 23, 2015 Permalink

    How ru still employed? Ur the worst blogger ever…..Matt please FIRE this guy bc he sucks big ones