Quick post: We wanted to check and see if Coach Petrino in his openers vs. FBS schools had any kind of trend (Note all of Arkansas’ openers while Bobby was with the Razorbacks were vs. FCS programs).
One thing that stands out is that Coach Petrino REALLY tends to run the ball at a much higher rate than he throws. In the 6 sampled games the RUN:PASS ratio is 278:165, or about 1.68 runs per pass. Given the way this Louisville team is built, I’d expect more of the same vs. Auburn, hopefully for Cards fans the 5 of 6 games over 200+ yards on the ground goes to 6 of 7.
Defensively, Petrino’s not as consistent (he’s an offensive minded coach so this makes sense) in trends but one thing does stand out: It’s rushing defense. Only at Western Kentucky did an opponent do a nice job running the football vs. Petrino, but the Hilltoppers were still able to beat the Cats.
Of course a lot of what we are looking at here is Petrino vs. UK with the lone exception being last year vs. Miami. But if nothing else, this may lend fans some insight into Petrino’s mindset when he starts Game 1 of a season.
|Passing||Rushing||Passing Allowed||Rushing Allowed|
|2003-UK||14-23, 180 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT||44-240 yards, 3 TDs||18-32,236 yards 2 TDs, 2 INTs||36-108 yards, 1 TD|
|2004-UK||14-21, 178 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT||49-261 yards, 2 TDs||14-34, 172 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs||26-66 yards, 0 TD|
|2005-UK||19-27, 179 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT||46-209 yards, 4 TDs||17-27, 278 yards, 2 TD, 0 INTs||27-47 yards, 1 TD|
|2006-UK||20-32, 268 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT||55-363 yards, 6 TDs||10-26, 238 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs||19-22 yards, 0 TD|
|2013-UK (@WKU)||27-34, 271 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT||41-216 yards, 4 TDs||18-28, 203 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs||32-216, 2 TDs|
|2014-Miami (FL)||20-28, 206 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs||43-130 yards, 1 TD||17-29, 174 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs||27-70 yards, 0 TD|
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