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Louisville offense against West Virginia in review

Let's do this quarter by quarter:

1st Qtr - 9 running plays for 93 yds vs 7 called pass plays for a net 63 yds (78 -15 yds in sacks)

2nd Qtr - 3 running plays for 8 yds vs 9 called pass plays for 66 net yds (7 of 8 for 71 yds and 1 sack -5)

3rd Qtr - 5 running plays for 15 yds vs 8 called pass plays for 29 net yds (2 of 6 , 1 interception, 1 sack & 1 scramble)

4th Qtr - 9 running plays for 15 yds (not counting 2 kneel downs at the end) and 7 called pass plays (6 of 7 for 57 yds)

Called play summary: Game total - 26 runs and 31 passes (54.3% passes)

                                 1st half - 12 runs for 101 yds and 16 called passes for 129 net yds (12 of 13 and 3 sacks)

                                 2nd half - 14 runs for 30 yds and 15 called pass plays for 86 net yds (8 of 13 & 1 interception, 1 sack & 1 scramble).

Passing game observations - Teddy was very accurate in first half going 12 for 13. His only incompletion was a thrown away ball on a scramble (so he was effectively 12 for 12 from a pure accuracy standpoint). In the second half he was still pretty good at 9 of 14 but his protection was not nearly as good, His 5 incompletions were 2 throw aways, 2 balls off the hands of the receivers - Harris and Chichester (with Chi's resulting in an interception) and 1 when he was scrambling under great pressure. After rewatching this game, Teddy accuracy was uncanny. He also rolled out and scrambled more this game than against Syracuse (by necessity of course) but hardly ever ran the ball, choosing to find the receivers instead. In short, A+ performance for Teddy in my view. When watching the game live I thought he played very well, in rewatching and replaying many plays over and over, he was even better than I originally thought. 

Let's look at the dispersion of those passes. Of the 21 completions:

5 were swing passes (24%) - for 18, 4, 11, 2, 7, 21 total yds or 8.4 yd average

4 were to the flat (19%) - for 7, 7, 7, 11 for 32 total yds or 8.0 yd average

4 were receiver screens (19%) - for  9, 10, 9, 3 for 31 total yds or 7.8 yd average

3 were slant passes (14%) - for 26, 29, 7 for 62 total yds or 20.7 yd average

1 shovel pass (5%) - for 9 yds

1 sideline pass (5%) - for 8 yds

1 roll out/scramble (5%) - for 4 yds

So the short, quick passes were extremely successful. Teddy was near 100% accurate on them. Also, Teddy rolled out more in this game due to the pressure but instead of running he found his receivers very successfully.

Running game observations - found some very interesting things here. For example:

Qtr  Runs  Left/yds  Middle/yds  Right/yds  Total yds

 1      9         5 / 82       4 / 11        0 / 0          93 ---> 70% of total

 2      3         1 / 5         2 / 3          0 / 0           8

 3      5         1 / 16        4 / -1        0 / 0          17

 4      9         1 / 10        7 / 6         1 / -1         15

Totals           8 / 113      17 / 19      1 / -1       133

We got almost all of our rushing yards in the 1st quarter and almost all of it running to the left side. For the entire game it looks like the left side of the line performed well with runs of  55, 2, 2, 10, 13, 5, 16, and 10. However, most running plays were between the tackles (17 or 65%). They were in order of occurrence 1, 8, 0, 2, 0, 3, 6, -2, -1, -4, 0, 2, 0, 2, -1, 0, 3. Only ran right once for -1. In fairness, several running plays looked like they were designed to go right but the defense was on us so quickly that we never got past the tackles. Clearly running right was not effective and running between the tackles was not much better. More than half of these runs (9 of 17) went for zero or a loss of yardage. And only 2 of 17 went for 5 yds or more. Obviously, these numbers are insufficient to maintain a drive.

In the 2nd half 60% of running plays (9 of 15) were for zero yds or a loss. 73% (11 of 15) were for 2 yds or less. In the last 26+ minutes of the game we had 12 rushes for a total of 8 yds. And this does not count any negative yardage from sacks, or the 2 kneel downs at the end, only called running plays.

Play calling was also interesting:

In the 1st half we had 6 possessions and began each with a called pass play completing 5 of 6 for 64 yds and 1 sack. The 2nd half also had 6 possessions (not counting the last kneel down drive), 4 were running plays (6, 16, -1, -1) for 20 yds and 2 were passes (2, 3) for 5 yds.

One of our drives (possession #6 at the end of the 2nd qtr) was a thing of beauty - 6 consecutive pass plays resulting in a touchdown, with Teddy going 5 of 6 and one intentional throw away. Beautiful.

3rd Down play calls and results in order of occurrence:

Q-1  3rd & 2 - Run for 55 yds - 1st down

Q-1  3rd & 1 - Run for 2 yds  - 1st down

Q-1  3rd & 19 - Sack  -unsuccessful

Q-2  3rd & 1 - Run for 0 -unsuccessful

Q-2 - 3rd & 12 - Pass for 11 yds -unsuccessful

Q-2   3rd & 1 - Pass for 4 yds - 1st down

Q-3 - 3rd & 12 - Pass for 9 yds -unsuccessful

Q-3 - 3rd & 15  - Sack - unsuccessful

Q-3 - 3rd & 10 - Pass incomplete -unsuccessful

Q-4 - 3rd & 11 - Pass for 7 yds -unsuccessful

Q-4 - 3rd & 7 - Pass for 11 yds - 1st down

Q-4 - 3rd & 1 - Run for 0 - unsuccessful

Q-4 - 3rd & 3 - Pass for 21 yds - 1st down

In the drive for our last TD, we had 4 critical 3rd/4th down conversions. We made two via the pass and ran for one:

3rd & 7 - passed for 11yds and a 1st down

3rd & 1 - ran for no gain

4th & 1 - ran for 2yds and a 1st down

3rd & 3 - passed for 21 and a 1st down at the 3 yd line. Later scored the winning TD from here.

Final observations

  • For the second week in a row, we threw the ball more than ran it generating out largest point production of the year.
  • Teddy was extremely accurate and looked to throw more than run on the scramble
  • Short, quick passes were very successful and nearly 100% completion rate
  • Left side line is improving
  • Need to tighten up our kick return coverage as they had almost as many kickoff return yards as we had total offense (234 vs 246).
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