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Cats Aren’t Crisp, Lost to a Good WKU Football Team


Plenty of positive hype surrounded the University of Kentucky Football team entering the Mark Stoops Era, despite never playing a down. A wise man once said, “Don’t let Bobby have the ball first.” Bobby got it first and never took his foot off the (motorcycle) accelerator. His first scripted series couldn’t have been ran more perfectly, not breaking rhythm until they reached the end zone. The game featured some ups and downs throughout the first half, starting slow offensively and struggling to tackle on defense. Fans expecting to see an Air Raid were instead treated to the newly coined “Brown Ground Pound”, which proved to be successful for awhile, heading into halftime down 21-17. The Cats couldn’t take advantage of having the ball first, with the biggest play occurring after Clowney-esque hit by Andrew Jackson on 3rd down in Topper territory against Jonathan George stalled the drive. Without an effective offense, WKU took the Cats D to the wood shed in the 3rd quarter, creating a lead the Cats couldn’t overcome. There were a few shimmers of light in the 4th- the Cats kept attacking deep, putting the game within reach until Mansour missed the extra point- but it was too much for this young team. Coach Stoops was disappointed afterwards, “I thought we’d play better than that.” Despite the loss, there were many lessons learned tonight on LP Field.


Petrino is a hell of a play caller. His first drive as the coach of WKU was one of the most beautiful, seamless drives I’ve seen. Antonio Andrews ran like a mad man, daring the UK linebackers to tackle him (SPOILER: they couldn’t). Petrino’s passes were scripted even better, using short drops to prevent any sort of pass rush by the defensive line (don’t let Matt tell you they performed poorly, they just didn’t have the time to get to him until later on in the game). The play calling played to their strengths and to UK’s weaknesses. Petrino coached himself into a great job in the near future.

– They NEVER gave up. Mental collapses seemed to be the mantra for the Kentucky Football team last season. With the game starting to head into an ugly direction, some Cat fans started leaving before the 3rd quarter was over. The Cats didn’t put down their gloves until the final horn sounded, putting the ‘Attack Every Day’ media campaign into practice. The staff amped up the pressure, using Max Smith’s big arm to go deep multiple times, converting one into a a 34 yard TD to Demarco Robinson. The score with 1:37 could’ve have put the Cats within reach, but Joe Mansour’s extra point off the upright kept the Cats from pulling it to an 8 point game. It may have been the most Kentucky thing ever, but as an eternal optimist I can at least hang my hat on the fact that these guys have a pitbull pup’s mentality- mean and ready to fight, but needing maturation.

This QB situation is going to be freaking nuts. Jalen Whitlow entered the game with a surprising ‘deer in the headlights’ look, losing the edge that I perceived him to have throughout fall camp. His first few throws were almost all interceptions, looking anxious in the pocket and unsure of his decision making. Jalen only had 16 yards of passing at half, but his wheels made the team look like they were heading towards a primarily Read Option offense. Jalen improved some, but in the 4th quarter Max Smith assumed the role. His deep balls had the right touch, racking in 125 yards of passing, 47 more than Whitlow had for the other 3 quarters.

max and jalen

The linebacker play is pathetic, to put it lightly. Playing linebacker is all about gap responsibility, something they failed to put into practice during many of Antonio Andrews’ quick cut-backs. Avery is excellent in this aspect, but even he struggled from time to time. Even if the linebacker was in the right hole, they weren’t going to make the tackle. I don’t like to blame everything on just one thing, but the team’s inability to wrap up Western in the first half made you think Rick Minter was still on the sidelines. To make matters worse, they were allowing way too many short passes to get by them. At least Coach Stoops warned the public many times before the season that the linebackers were going to struggle.

– Raymond Sanders played very well. The coaches have given Raymond Sanders unrelenting praise since camp began, bestowing him the role as a ‘guy that might surprise you’. Raymond took his practice performance onto the field, coming up just one yard shy of surpassing the century mark. The staff has been yearning for playmakers, with Raymond giving the Cats their first bit of momentum after a huge run down the UK sideline. He had struggled running between the tackles in the past, something he did exceptionally well today. If the Cats continue to use the read option with Whitlow, Sanders will be a steady guy by his side.

AK might be the best WR. The UK Wide Receivers got their first touchdown ever today when Demarco reeled in that late touchdown, but Senior Anthony Kendrick stepped in and performed well throughout the game. Despite having a crucial drop in the second half, AK caught 3 passes for 57 yards. His frame helps him, but most importantly he attacks the catch, preventing defenders from sneaking into the ball’s path. Look for AK to be a main asset for the QBs throughout the season.

– Young mistakes almost outweighed WKU’s. WKU kept the Cats in the game with their wet hands. I don’t know if they were fed popcorn before the game, but the WRs dropped multiple passes and the Toppers coughed up the ball twice. The Cats mistakes weren’t as obvious, but there were too many stupid penalties. On 3rd and long deep in their own territory, 2 consecutive false starts prevented the Cats from even attempting to convert. Despite using referees often at camp, you can’t simulate a loud crowd. It rattled the youngsters, something they cannot afford down the road.

-A great high point: the Cat Walk. After experiencing a great Cat Walk for the first time since I was a kid, it made me so happy to know that the fan support is back. It’s not the only high point from the game but I want to emphasize this because people can irrationally decide to write off this team because of one loss: DON’T. WKU won a bowl game last year and will only be better with a great coaching staff. The last thing the player’s need is to lose the one constant. It’s frustrating because they’re a direction, but timeless cliches like “Rome wasn’t built in a day” are timeless because they are true. I fully hope and expect the Cat Walk to be just as exciting, if not better next week at Commonwealth.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

78 Comments for Cats Aren’t Crisp, Lost to a Good WKU Football Team

  1. Darren
    11:40 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    All week die-hard UK fans have called WKU a “Directional School” and “Little Cousin”. After tonight, at least when it comes to Football they can now call WKU DADDY!

  2. Reality Bites
    11:46 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    EKU beat us in 7 on 7 drills this summer. So, we are at least 4th in the state.

  3. Yikes
    11:47 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    How many will uofl hang on us. They have an nfl qb, 3 or 4 solid rb’s and a bunch of good receivers. Bridgewater may take the second half off.

  4. Cayts
    11:49 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    But don’t go writing this team offfffff jess yet! They might improve to a level which is acceptable within the next 50 years. So SHOW your support. Pansey-aced fans, you!

  5. Steve Fitts
    11:49 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino showed once again why he is regarded as one of the top coaches in America. The bad news for WKU–Petrino is always looking for a better gig. Bowling Green is just a pit stop for Petrino. I predict two years tops for Petrino at WKU!

  6. Zack
    11:50 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    Mitch should be ran out of town for not hiring Petrino. That may have been a dumber move than insulting Bear Bryant and letting him go to Texas A&M. Mitch is a total embarrassment…

  7. LMAO
    11:51 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops Poops! Man, you goobers were fooled.

  8. Matt Jones
    11:52 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t brag after we beat wku. Take the high road. LOL.

  9. Darren
    11:53 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    We took a Jimbo Fisher protege over Bobby Petrino? I’m glad they lost, I hope Mitch is proud of himself for passing on the best offensive coach and play caller in football…

  10. Stooooooooooops
    11:55 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    #5 Are you serious! WKU just kicked our a$$ and that’s what you come up with? Don’t you think all of the BBN should worry about UK not anyone else’s coach! Fact is Our team is down and Petrino just waxed us, how long he stays has NO effect on UK!

  11. tippytoe
    11:55 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    Funny now KSR is promoting Smith, and how he looked better than Whitlow. Anybody could have seen last year; one is a QB, and one is an athlete. All of the KSR writers before the game have been saying that Whitlow should start. Nice observation guys, we gave that game away. With that defense, the only way we can win is to outscore people, but you need a quarterback, if you are going to run the so called “Air Raid”

  12. Name
    11:56 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    Font size is unreadable on an iPhone in landscape mode…

  13. Bunny
    11:59 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    Ky was outplayed on offense, defense, and out-coached. I’m revising my win prediction from 4 to 2. It’s going to be a long season for the Cats. Maybe next year with more talent? Can’t wait for basketball season to start…

  14. Neal Brown
    12:00 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, but what about my sweet cut?

  15. Stephen
    12:03 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I hope our ‘expert analyst’ matt jones is over his man-crush on Jalen Whitlow (maybe he identified with his last name.) Western couldn’t stop Maxwell Smith. Everyone in the stadium and watching TV knew he was going to pass and still Western couldn’t stop him. The only things that slowed him down on the first drive were penalites and lousy pass protection.

    I think we’ll need a QB who is a good passer (duh) and Smith showed he’s a lot better than Whitlow. Whitlow’s a great athlete but we have good runners. With Maxwell in there the offense woke up. And Whitlow was the beneficiary of 2 Western fumbles.

  16. Henrycocat
    12:05 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Smith has to start next week. If not stoops should go #playwrforthejoker

  17. Korean Tacos
    12:07 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Whitlow is like Matt Pilgrim–He’s a beast…in practice

  18. Pitino's sticky leg
    12:07 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Its sad to say but we wont be able to compete until jokers players are gone. Not because they aren’t talented but because they were coached by a bum, that’s why we can’t even tackle or get the fundamentals down.

  19. UK Football Fan
    12:08 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    As I write this, I just witnessed Clemson’s upset of Georgia. The Clemson fans covered the field in jubilation after their victory.

    Secondly, read the news piece at with the headline “Hilltoppers darken Stoops’ Kentucky debut, 35-26”

    Read the fans comments at the end of the artical. Outstanding comments were made by many true Blue Kentucky Football Fans! It might make you feel better……

  20. josh gooson
    12:10 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t claim to be an expert just a college football fan but I believe it obvious that UK only has one quarterback. Max Smith is by far the better qb. Kentucky fans wanted the air raid offence and when they get it they put a qb that cant throw. Doesn’t make any since.

  21. Bill Curry
    12:11 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I am still looking for a job in case BBN is interested in a proven coach with a winning record at Alabama. I guarantee I can coach as good as what you saw tonight. I’ve got G and I am sitting on O… LOL

  22. This stinks
    12:11 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    …..but…….its the first game of a new regime against a great offensive mind who had more experience to work with. We should have played better–the defense was horrible and we all know it….but the sky is not falling. They will get better and this is a rebuilding process……some people on here probably were the same ones who wanted to run Coach Brooks out his first year… takes time to get to where we want to be. Patience…….and IMHO……Whitlow is an amazing athlete…..but he should be at WR with some Wildcat looks……like……..Randall Cobb……hang in there Big Blue Nation…….it will get better

  23. roger
    12:12 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone that watched Whitlow last year had to know that he is not the answer at QB. I have been very excited about what Stoops has done and do believe that he will do well here. Bringing in better talent is the first step and he has already shown that he can do that. However, the future of our offense is AIR RAID. Why start a QB that cannot pass?

  24. Big red
    12:12 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Directional school wins again! Go TOPS

  25. Neal Brown says more
    12:13 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    That Bobby Petrino sure can coach. Meanwhile, I’m glad my alma mater won, that is why I played Whitlow.

  26. MarkyMark
    12:14 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    He only started Whitlow because if he starts Max he will be hurt before the Louisville game! No way he can play 2 full games and practice without getting injured. #Charmin

  27. Korean Tacos
    12:20 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wasn’t Towles supposed to be good?

  28. fan
    12:21 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I knew they were beat after WKU’s first drive. Their strength is the D line? WKU is a very good team, but that first drive was just too easy, Smith had some yards, but his throws have no zip. I just hope none of the 2014 recruits back out. If they win 4, I will be surprised.

  29. MarkyMark
    12:22 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I love the Joker’s players comments.. A good coach can work with any players that are good enough to be on the field. Any 2 or 3 star player ought to be able to tackle, and any coach… especially a defensive specialist should be able to identify and correct any issues. Didn’t see any evidence of that tonight.

  30. Will Buck
    12:25 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Petrino won his Mitch Bowl….again! No real surprise. The guy is a great BCS Bowl coach. Stoops will be ok. He can recruit. It is going to take a while but maybe the Music Bowl in 2014?

  31. NL
    12:28 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I was at the game and I can tell you the QB is not the reason we lost. Our defense looked horrible. I was really disappointed b/c I thought we would look a lot better defensively with stoops. WKU pushed us around like we were little kids and they were wide open nearly every play. The defense played passive and timid. Not a good start

  32. Andy
    12:30 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Even if WE had hired Petrino, he would have used UK as a stepping stone. Tough loss, we got outcoached but it comes down to the QB position. Jalen looked like he was not ready tho he may have been ready in practice. Neal Brown will have to re-think the air raid.

  33. jpgott2
    12:38 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    31, Stoops can only do so much when the cupboard is bare! UK has an extremely young and thin secondary. WKU’s young QB look poised to make quick throws.

    My biggest face palming moments were due to the play of our atrocious O-Line! That unit could not have played any worse. Look for Max to get next weeks start, with an emphasis on the shotgun. When we spread out a team with Max’s arm, our dump-offs and running game will be more effective.

  34. UKBlue
    12:39 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    This is reality, I have no idea why fellow UK fans were so pumped we were going to win. We are horrible right now, Joker totally screwed this team up, Stoops isn’t a magician, and it’s going to take Stoops a couple of years to get a foundation built. This is going to be a very very long year so get used to it.

    WKU fans: get over yourself, Bobby will be gone by the end of the season, and you’re still WKU & in Bowling Green.

  35. CarolinaCatFan
    12:41 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Well I knew this would be a tough year but I thought this was a game we’d win. I keep hearing people talking about the guys being unprepared but maybe it’s just the fact that they’re not good enough to do what they have to do to have success at this level. Heck, Bear Bryant himself could draw up a perfect game plan but if the players aren’t physically and/or mentally capable of executing it doesn’t matter. Bottom line is the previous staff left this program in shambles and you don’t fix that over night. I don’t know that Stoops will win any more games this year than Joker would have but I think that the next couple years you will begin to see an upswing. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic but if they can hold this recruiting class together and put together a strong 2015 class they can’t help but improve. Just hold on–this year ain’t gonna be pretty.

  36. WKU RED
    12:44 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Bobby or no Bobby, Tops still beat UK 2 yrs in a row. Pretty big accomplishment for WKU, like it or not!

  37. niaps
    12:48 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    My last post is under moderation. Gee didn’t see that coming.

  38. Jon
    12:48 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    The fans calling for Stoops job after one game need to shut up completely or find another team. It’s clear that you know nothing about football and that will probably never change. It’s just sad that the rest of us are represented by a few idiots. I believe in this coaching staff, now give them some time to get things together. If you remember, Joker won his first game as head coach and look how that turned out. Also, the players that performed the best were mostly the recruits that Stoops staff brought here this year. GO CATS!!

  39. niaps
    12:52 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I agree JON in post #39 that this staff will get it done but the learning curve will bet at least 3 years long for players and coaches.

  40. Joe
    12:52 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    We will probably get beat next week too. Waste of a season already. When is basketball? Anyone who thinks this team is going to win more than 2 games is an idiot.

  41. Jason Hatcher
    12:53 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. I made a bad choice.

  42. jpgott2
    12:53 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    38, I see a lot of frustration on here, but I do not see many people “calling for his job”. Everyone knew what this season was going to be , and Stopps in his 1st game as head coach went up against one of the best offensive coaches in football.

  43. jpgott2
    12:54 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    38, I see a lot of frustration on here, but I do not see many people “calling for his job”. Everyone knew what this season was going to be , and Stoops in his 1st game as head coach went up against one of the best offensive coaches in football.

  44. Neal Brown
    12:55 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Going to get the bowl cut tightened up tomorrow and will be ready to go on Monday.

  45. Bobby Petrino
    12:56 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Glad we beat you slapdicks.

  46. Miami of Ohio
    12:57 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Should be an easy win for us.

  47. niaps
    12:58 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Have no idea what you are talking about jpgott2. I have not called for anyones job. My frustration is that joke philps screwed this team this year and for years to come.

  48. Matt Jones
    12:58 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I am the definition of a [email protected]

  49. Tim from Hendo
    1:00 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Predicted 6 wins before the game….. I will stick with that. Coaches just need to find out who their gamers are.

  50. B_Rizzy
    1:04 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    WKU has some highly skilled players at important positions thanks to Big Willie styles coaching and recruiting. He left WKU on a high note with a stable of decent talent. UK had very few moderately skilled players that had poor coaching for three years thanks to Not-so-funny Joker. He left UK like a bleeding lamb in a lion’s den. Coach Stoops has zero chance of succeeding in a year, or even two years. This was a poor game, but you can’t take average high school players and succeed in BCS football. His recruiting is 100 times better than any previous staff, and it takes a game or two against opponents to figure out exactly where your shortcomings are. This is a long process and nothing even will make it harder than uneducated fans blasting stupidity for recruits to see.

  51. Antonio Andrews
    1:22 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Nick,

    Remember when I beat your a$$ in high school? You should right another article on that.

  52. Blake
    1:43 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah we didn’t win. But I saw a lot of potential and we have some runners. Max smith needs to be qb and whitlow maybe slot receiver and occasionally wildcat. Timmons is gonna be a stud In the future. I think our team just needs more practice and our defense especially. Secondary is very week almost everyone reciever was open. I saw a lot of potential and if it were joker out there we would’ve got smacked.

  53. GrumpyCat
    3:14 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Good article. It’s disappointing but not unexpected. Joker ran this program into the dirt. It takes time to build a football program up from nothing.

    I am ashamed of all the crybaby fans on this site.

  54. Gabe
    3:35 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    For the record, Western did not win a bowl game last year and for this game, Petrino beat
    Stoops like Liggins beat his ho

  55. #1UKfan
    3:35 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’d just like to point out that Nick Roush is an idiot and has no clue what he’s talking about.

  56. robuk
    5:59 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    What pocket??? The offensive line did what it always does best and that’s “be offensive”! Whitlow was throwing on the run all night.

  57. jim
    6:42 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    ” it made me so happy to know that the fan support is back.”

    Really, BBN made a mass exodus before UK actually cut it to what should have been a one possession game. This was mentioned numerous times on the broadcast.

    Does anyone even edit this stuff here?

  58. James Frankenlin
    6:48 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Air raid? Besides Robinson and Blue, the true wide receivers stunk. I was at the game, poor routes, lazy routes, dropped passes. Nothing has changed.

  59. Dwoos
    7:22 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    54. Gets funny comment of the day

  60. KG
    7:32 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    What I saw was a need for improvement in a lot of areas. Come Monday Coach Stoops and staff will be running the game tape to prove their points.

    We all knew just how bad this program needed to improve just from last year’s results and play on the field.

    Our one strength was supposed to have been our D-Line. They got an old fashioned whipping most of the night!

    This new coaching staff is a step in the right direction but even miracle workers need a little time to change bad habits.

  61. BluKudzu
    7:34 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    It is simple. The lack of effort in the fundamental aspect of the game ( blocking and tackling ) is where the focus should be. Unless we have line play on either side of the ball, it will not matter what QB we use in the Air Raid, Kool Aid, First Aid, offense. Giving up 35 points to WKU or any team is unforgivable. Lack of discipline on the OL is unforgivable. This team is absolutely unprepared to play football against anyone.
    I just hope and pray this will not lead to a Curry type season of 70 to 0 games in the SEC.
    How far down will this program go? The bar was set very low from last year and we seem to have found a way to limbo under that this year.
    Seriously, 35 points hung on us? By Western? Maybe we should see what they do with performance coaches and iPads. Or maybe we just need someone to explain the hit and wrap theory to the efense (get it? No D.) and someone needs to teach effective OL play.
    2-10 will be a dream for this team and coaches if we do not fix the lines.

  62. Crow
    8:29 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    All of us that wanted Petrino and laughing our arses off today. Good job, suckups. You get the football team you deserve. Also, Jones needs to quit claiming only a small percentage of UK fans wanted Petrino when the VAST MAJORITY of UK fans wanted him. We wound up with the Florida State ballboy. Nice move, Mitch.

  63. BravoBigBlue
    8:41 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Good job Western. Beat SEC team 2 years in a row, not a fluke. How Mitch Barnhart keeps his job is a mystery to me. He has no clue. And no personality.

  64. JJ
    8:50 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    We have to question the judgment of Stoops & Brown when they selected Jalen Whitlow to start over Max Smith. They couldn’t figure out Whitlow is not capable of passing from the pocket? Prevent defense or not from WKU, Smith clearly showed he can pass from collapsing pockets. Why were the coaches unable to figure that out in 9 months??? It is reasonable for fans to question the judgment of the coaches and whether they know what they’re doing. They did not look like an SEC coaching staff last night. They were clearly out coached and looked like they don’t belong.

  65. crackerjack
    9:09 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    You guys are idiots for wanting to hire petrino! Do you really think he would stick with UK? He would bolt in a second. We are in much better shape for the long haul with the staff we have on hand.

  66. Cat Attack
    9:16 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    @ Nick Roush. You are just now figuring out Petrino is a hell of a play caller? Wtf

    Kentucky football and KSR = slapdicks

  67. Matt 2.0
    9:21 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Bad linebacker play, and bad D end play, the LBs have to learn to play downhill and keep leverage on the ball. The ends have to keep containment.

  68. What Karma
    9:25 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Did anyone read nick’s pre WKU article highlighting all the reasons UK would win? One of his reasons was that ‘karma’ was on UK’s side. This should serve note to anyone who reads this site that Nick has no idea what he’s talking about. Oh, although WKU isn’t the 85 bears, UK sure did make them look like them last night…

  69. Chronicles of Andre Riddick
    9:39 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    C’mon, Nick…I was hoping to read what your grandma (who once made Howard Schenellenberger lemonade) by the way, thought about the game? What about your cousin who plays some OLB for St Rita? Ya couldn’t get any quotes from your old O line coach back at De Sales that once said “hi” to Bubba Paris? C’mon Nick, you’re slipping…

  70. kelleydog
    9:50 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    KY fans drank too much of the Stoops/KSR kool-aide – reality has come upon you.

    This should be no surprise, similar illusions of grandure were being brewed in the kool-aide brand called Joker juice.

    One good thing, recruits can still be told – we’re going to turn this around and you’ll get playing time in the SEC as a freshman.

    Lastly, for those with the losers mentality – do you still get satisfaction telling L’ville/WKU fans our conference is better than yours. Personally, I think winning is a lot more fun….

  71. You guys suck
    10:08 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Man I hate to say I told you so but, I told you so. UK is not a FB school. And Brainfart did it again, remember the Billy Clyde safe hire? Maybe he will hire Bobby in two years. Can’t wait until BB season.

  72. Duuuuuude
    10:20 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, we need you!

    I was at the game till the last play. The offense ran much smoother with Max under center. The pace sped up 3 fold (except for the one delay of game penalty). He only played one quarter, but he threw as many passes and threw for 50 more yards. He ran the offense the way I was expecting to see the Air Raid run. Had the offense been run that way the entire game, it would have gone a long way to masking the weaknesses with the defense.

    Timmons will be a BIG play maker….if the quarterback can get him the ball. Western kept “feeding their studs”. We relied on Whitlow to dance his way down the field for offense. We threw several passes in the flats that should have been intercepted for touchdowns. It could have been much worse.

    I think Smith should be starter, Towells as #2, and Whitlow as a receiver. He can play, and should be on the field, but we stand a much better chance when more of our play makers have a chance to make plays.

  73. TheBigToe
    10:49 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I went to the game, and after I have had time to process, things will be OK. But it was TOUGH to watch. I think the hardest thing this coaching staff is getting rid of the loser mentality that was put on them by Joker and his staff. The QB situation scares me though. I can understand first game jitters and nervousness to start the season under a new coach, but this is a team that beat you on your own field and many of the players said they were disrespected from them celebrating. Then you need to go out there and RIP THEIR FREAKING HEADS OFF. Lots of players on this team don’t , as Cal would say, have that dog in them, and a lot of the mental issues stem from the past. Remember Darius Miller? He was a headcase after BCG left. Rome wasn’t built in a day. This team needs to get their mean on and bust some freaking heads next Saturday. Things will be OK guys. GO CATS!!

  74. This stinks
    11:15 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    …but you guys saying we should have hired Petrino need to look at the big picture. Petrino is a great coach–there has never been any doubt about that–but he also has a proven record of using programs for personal gain. KY needed a guy who could right the ship and stay–they have the right guy……Stoops and Co will get it done………and we are talking one game here. Before you elevate BP to the throne you may want to realize he would have inherited the same lack of depth at key positions Stoops did. Honestly we have 3-4 corners……2 of them sophs, 1 freshman, 1 Jr college playing in his first game Div 1. Our linebackers have to play better….and we have to tackle better……there are alot of things to pick on but you got to give the new staff time. There were a bunch of people calling for Rich Brooks head his first year…that turned out pretty well. We will take our lumps—WKU outplayed us and deserved to win–but we will get better. I believe in this staff and this team will get better and they will have more complete support.

  75. Adam
    11:47 am September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Western did not win a bowl game last year.

  76. Georgia Blue
    12:57 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Back to the Basic. I saw some PLAYERS that was Ready to Battle and I saw some that just didn’t have it. We as a Team just got to get better. Our D-Line and LB aren’t nasty or mean enough for me. How can you let someone in front of you WOMP YOUR AZZ ALL NIGHT. To soft up front where the game is WON. Costly Penalties, especially the Roughing the Passer that gave them the ball back after we recovered the fumble. Then missed assignments and penalties on the O-LINE. I believe STOOPS and COMPANY will correct this in the Film Room and on the Field. I wouldn’t want to be in the film room SUNDAY NIGHT, if i made somebm bombheaded plays. But I still saw some flash from Young and Veterans on bth side of the ball,. They just got to bring everybody else up to Competitve Level.

  77. Get Real
    1:44 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops can recruit, but he and Neal Brown had no clue yesterday. You’re delusional if you don’t think kids decommit after what promises to be an abysmal season loaded with bad coaching. You slapdicks better purchase property in the SEC cellar. You’ll be there forever. Tis your home.

  78. BBB
    1:45 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Well I have to agree that last nights play calling and overall performance was no different than last years joke(r). What happened to the air raid? I hate to say I told you so but……I told you so. We should have hired Petrino. No one gives a $hit about what he did last year at this point.