The Football Film Session - MTSU Edition


I am going to do a weekly "Film Session" article where we look at the good and the bad from the Offense, Defense, and Special Teams in our most recent game. This week, we take a look at how we faired against Mississippi State.

Going in to the week, the BBN Chalk Talk guys noted a few things in our Thursday Walk Thru Podcast that the Cats had to get done in order to win this game:

  1. Find ourselves offensively. Put some drives together and score some points.

  2. The fans and supporting Senior Day. Go play football!

  3. Need to rush over 200 yards.

A couple of these things took place on Saturday. Let's take a look at what happened:

But first, THANK YOU TO THESE SENIORS!!! It has been so much fun to watch this class do what they have and make this year an exciting one by putting UK on the map! From us former players to future ones, thank you all!

Overall

  • Kentucky’s 8-3 record is the team’s best in 34 years, since the 1984 team went 8-3 in the regular season.

  • This is the just the fourth time in the last 57 years that UK has won at least eight regular-season games, also 1976 (eight regular-season wins), 1977 (10) and 1984 (eight).

  • UK has tied or improved its record every season since Mark Stoops became head coach in 2013.

  • UK won two games in 2012, the season before Stoops arrived, followed by two wins in 2013, five in 2014 and ’15, seven in 2016 and ’17 and eight in 2018.

  • UK is the only team in the nation to tie or improve its win-loss record in each of the last six seasons, including this year.

  • UK went 6-1 at home this season, tying the school record for most home wins since Commonwealth Stadium/Kroger Field opened in 1973. UK also won six home games in 1976 (6-1) and 2006 (6-1).

  • Kentucky recognized 16 seniors in pregame ceremonies. Today marked their 27th win over the last four seasons, tying for fourth-most of any senior class since freshmen became eligible in 1972.

  • Kentucky is 17-8 over the last 25 regular-season games, best 25-game regular-season stretch since Nov. 6, 1976 through the end of the 1978 season (17-7-1).

  • Coach Mark Stoops now has 26 home wins at Kentucky, moving past Rich Brooks for third most in Commonwealth Stadium/Kroger Field history. Jerry Claiborne won 32 home games and Fran Curci won 29.

  • Kentucky is now 53-7-1 in Commonwealth Stadium/Kroger Field history vs. teams currently comprising the “Group of Five.” **The "G5" consists of The American , Conference USA, Mountain West, Mid-American, and Sun Belt Conferences.**

Offense

The Good

  • Fast start. Even though it was caused by the Defense, this is the first time UK has scored 17 in the first quarter since putting up 21 in the season opening quarter in 2016 vs. Southern Miss.

  • UK scored in every quarter for the third time this season, first time since the win over Murray State.

  • UK scored a touchdown on the first offensive possession of both halves today, second time this season (also at Florida).

  • The UK defense came up with two fourth-down stops with the game on the line in the fourth quarter – the first by Josh Allen with MTSU driving for a potential tying score, and the second by Jamar “Boogie” Watson with the Blue Raiders poised at the UK 10-yard line.

  • CJ Conrad's play. He led the Cats receiving corp with season-high's of 4 catches for 51 yards, 1 TD.

  • Although Terry didn't have a great day, he was still solid and was able to throw for 121 yards on 10/14 completions for 1 TD.

The Bad

  • This offense cannot figure out how to score before a half. I haven't looked up the season statistics, but it seems like every time UK has the ball with time left and a chance to put points on the board before half, something goes wrong.

  • Lynn Bowden was under-utilized in this game. he only ended up with 1 catch for 9 yards and 1 rush for 12 yards.

Defense

The Good​

  • The Kentucky defense forced turnovers on the first two possessions. The last time UK did that was vs. Louisville in 2015. UK turned the turnovers into 14 points – Mike Edwards’ 66-yard interception return for a TD, following by a 50-yard drive that was capped by Benny Snell’s seven-yard touchdown run.

  • UK set season highs with 11 tackles for loss, including seven quarterback sacks. That’s the most for UK in a game since tallying 12 TFLs and seven sacks last season in the win over Tennessee.

  • Mike Edwards and Josh Allen were ANIMALS today!

  • Edwards got his 300th career tackle, becoming the 19th player in UK history to hit the 300 tackle mark. On the first possession of the game, he had a pick-six which was his second interception of the year. He is now tied for 4th in career-INTs for UK. He finished the day with 12 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 INT, 1 TD

  • Allen became the ALL-TIME LEADER IN SACKS for Kentucky. What a big milestone and the fact that Oliver Barnett was there to congratulate him was incredible. He now has 27.5 career sacks. He also broke the single-season sack record for UK with 13 sacks tallied. On top of all of that, he had a career-high 15 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 TFL.

  • The return of Josh Paschal after fighting and beating cancer is the best stat that has come out of this entire season. Seeing a guy go through 3 surgeries, fight for his life, and come back to make his first tackle was really cool to see.

The Bad

  • The defense gave up 293 passing yards and 392 total yards. They allowed the MTSU QB to throw 30 for 34. This can't happen when you have a dominant defense like this. Thankfully the turnovers helped get this victory, but UK very easily could have lost this game.

Special Teams

The Good

  • Miles Butler made both of his FG attempts (38, 32) in place of Chance Poore in hopes that he can redshirt and take over the duties for next season.

The Bad

  • Max Duffy had a really bad shank punt (20 yards) and ended up only averaging 33.5 yards. Not used to seeing that out of him. The good news is that he only needed to punt twice in the game.

Max Godby's Unsung Hero Award

Terry Wilson

Coach Lile's Big Man of the Week Award

Quinton Bohanna - first sack

Matt Smith's Play of the Game

Mike Edwards' INT returned for a TD on the first drive of the game

The Cats' final regular season game will be on the road at Louisville (2-9) on Saturday at 7:00pm. The game will be on ESPN2.

Where to Find Us

Catch the BBNCT guys on their radio show, Sundays from noon-1:00pm on News Talk WVLK 590AM and 97.3 FM.

Every Monday (sometimes Tuesdays), we will post our radio show as a podcast and will post our podcast BBNCT - The OT where we recap the game, give updates on other sports, and talk about the fattest thing we did that week. You can check it out on BlogTalk Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bbnchalktalk

Lastly, every Thursday, we will post our Thursday Walk-Thru to give you a little "Appetizer" for what to expect in the upcoming game. You find that on our BlogTalk Radio link above, as well.

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