Numbers To Know From Kentucky's Loss To Louisville
09/15/2013 07:30 AM
91 The Kentucky defense was top-notch in the first half limiting UofL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to just 91 first half passing yards. That’s incredible, considering Teddy Touchdown was averaging 230 first half yards coming into this game. The defense was constantly behind the line of scrimmage rushing, chasing, and all around harassing Bridgewater. UK defensive end Za’Darius Smith sacked Bridgewater once in the first half. One particular three-and-out in the second quarter consisted of three incompletions The rush-defense was nothing to scoff at either. Kentucky held the Cards to 62 yards on the ground. Thirty-three of those yards came on a single drive late in the second quarter when the Cards got the ground game running.
9:12 Much of the reason the UK defense was less effective in the second half is because of the difference in time of possession. Bridgewater and his offense held the ball for a full nine minutes and 12 seconds longer than the UK offense. Partially, this is due to the Cards putting together longer drives, but also, the Wildcats’ offense could not stay on the field.
0 of 13 The Cats could not stay on the field, especially on third downs. Kentucky did not get a single third down conversion against Louisville. Here’s a quick rundown of all third downs for Kentucky and the result of the play:
3rd and 4…..rush for 3
3rd and 1…..rush for -1 and fumble
3rd and 10…pass incomplete
3rd and 14…rush for 9
3rd and 6…..pass incomplete
3rd and 1…..rush for no gain
3rd and 3…..rush for -2
3rd and 5…..pass incomplete
3rd and 9…..pass intercepted
3rd and 4…..pass incomplete
3rd and 9…..pass complete for 7
3rd and 13…pass incomplete
3rd and 10…pass incomplete
The two turnovers on third down are the most concerning, as the team just handed momentum over to the Cards. On the bright side, Kentucky rocked fourth down conversions. Of the four fourth down attempts, UK converted three of them. The highlight was Jalen Whitlow’s 15-yard scramble to set up a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter as Kentucky tried to come back from a 21-point deficit.
14 Finally, UK did close the gap to 14 points, exactly the spread Las Vegas predicted. Yes, this one will be marked in the loss column, but there were plenty of bright spots like the defensive effort and the potential of young playmakers on offense like JoJo Kemp, who rushed for a career-high 80 yards, or Ryan Timmons, who made his first collegiate start and caught for a career-high 72 yards on three passes. Chalk this up to a moral victory, because Mark Stoops and his staff will get another chance in two weeks to knock off a ranked opponent in the inconsistent Florida squad.
Below the Fold
Subscribe and get the latest KSTV Sports info delivered to your inbox.