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Dawson Kept it Simple, Fed Dorian Baker Down the Stretch

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The offense laid another egg last night.  Noah Spence and Co. dominated the offensive line, the running game was non-existent (55 yards), and Patrick Towles was making mental mistakes aplenty in the first half.  Down 14 with 4:59 to go, the Cats finally found a spark.

“When you get in those ruts, the only way to get out of them is do simple stuff,” Shannon Dawson said after the game.  They had to keep it simple because there wasn’t a play that worked in the first half.   “I don’t think we executed anything for three quarters, to be honest with you,” Dawson said.  “There wasn’t a call on my sheet that was good.  There just wasn’t.”

“I don’t know if there’s anything I can point to directly, but I feel like everybody as a unit, collectively, we came out sluggish.  It wasn’t just one man, two man, it was all of us, “Dorian Baker said.

Towles, Baker and the rest of the offense still remained optimistic, and finally began executing.  They got it out of Patrick’s hands quickly and began putting routine plays together.

“There was never any point tonight where I thought we were gonna lose the game.  I honestly believe that.  There were probably 20,000 other people who did, (but) that wasn’t me.  That’s not our team,” Towles said.

Towles and Dawson knew who they needed to get it to – Dorian Baker.  “I like the matchup with him with everything,” Dawson said.  “We were trying to do that the whole game a lot of times and the ball just wasn’t finding him.”  Dorian asked for the ball, and he received.

On the final score, it wasn’t originally supposed to be a fade to Baker.  They had three receivers on the left side that were going to be primary targets, but Patrick told Dawson and Dorian on the sideline, “If he has 1-on-1, I’m going to him.”  Dorian and Pat both made the right read, linking up on the perfectly executed play.

“He(the defender) actually made a good play on the ball, but I just had to go up over top of him and take it away from him.”  Dorian said there wasn’t a chance he was going to let the defender beat him, “There’s no chance.  I gotta make that play.  4th and 3.  If I don’t, we lose.”

This sequence illustrates just how close it was to going the other.  Luckily, Dorian doesn’t lose often.

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Photos by Jason Ballard (@JBallardphoto)

Article written by Nick Roush

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

36 Comments for Dawson Kept it Simple, Fed Dorian Baker Down the Stretch

  1. bbn4LIFE
    1:20 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Dawson is a joke.

    • BBNing
      2:49 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Your parents are a joke.

    • Leuther
      4:02 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      YOU are a joke…

    • Leuther
      5:29 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      I am a joke…

  2. Telford Hall Security Guard Says
    1:42 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    ” Dey posed to be SEC” !

    • Captain Obvious
      2:53 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, they won. πŸ˜‰

  3. Whatever
    2:25 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Shushing an FCS school’s small contingent of fans after rallying to tie the game in the last minute? At home? Classy stuff.

    Maybe the EKU fans just “sounded” loud to him because most of the mighty BBN had already departed for their single-wides.

    Don’t worry, though. The mighty Cats will win 6 this year. Enjoy Shreveport.

    • Houston Cougars
      2:52 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Aw, you finally beat an FBS school this year, and now you want to come talking shit. Adorable.

      Good luck with your hooker scandal. 😘 If true, it’s gonna get REAL ugly for you all.

    • Reality
      2:56 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      You mean that FBS school that trounced the team you all had to take into O.T. To handle? Time for you to fade into the laughing stock of college football, like you do every year and start bragging about how your on the rise! Lol

    • Ha!
      3:19 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Auburn had to take Jacksonville State into overtime to win…….but they still beat you all. LOL


    • Ha!
      3:27 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      You think Larry Eustachy will take the head coaching job when Pitino retires in shame?

      I’d say he will… πŸ˜‰

    • Whatever
      6:30 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      You BBN clowns are clueless; I’m just a long-time EKU fan and alumnus calling out your “awesome Stoops upgrade” as BS . . . but apparently, all you care about (still) is basketball, anyway.

      Good luck with this year’s version of Rent-a-cats.

    • Adorable
      6:34 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Aww, well congrats on your moral victory. EKU hasn’t been to a bowl since 1982. We’ll enjoy Shreveport just fine. πŸ˜‰

    • Because
      9:17 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      FCS doesn’t play in bowls. They do have playoffs. EKU is second among FCS teams in playoff appearances with the latest being 2014.

    • Adorable
      9:23 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      So, what you’re saying is, it’ like the equivalent of winning the silver medal in the Special Olympics?

      Good for you, cupcake! πŸ˜€

    • What it is
      10:30 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      is harder to make FCS playoffs than the Tidy Cats Bowl, they only take 24 teams unlike the FBS which hands out participation bowls for everyone who met the minimum average. So don’t come on here and act like it’s some kind of grand accomplishment to go 6-6 and be one of 78 teams spread out over 39 bowl games. Speaking of the silver medal at the Special Olympics…

    • Adorable
      10:37 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Whatever helps you sleep better at night, cupcake. I bet you can count to potato!!!

    • I love
      11:25 am October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Keep going, I wasn’t the one out there on the field playing like a 2A high school.

    • Adorable
      12:22 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      4-1. A W is a W…..

  4. whatwasthat
    4:20 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Really hilarious how these whoreville trolls come back after they manage to win a football game. They are so sad and pathetic, I’m just hoping they are enjoying that 2013 banner now, as it is very likely coming down lol.

  5. Cats
    4:32 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Getting sick n tired of seeing Towles struggle n still ppl wanna praise the guy.. He a junior n he should be coming strong. Smdh!!!

    • Seriously
      4:37 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Come on now, that offensive line wasn’t helping AT ALL. You really can’t put that much blame on Towles. The dude had a 69% completion rate, which is very lucky considering our O-line was literally invisible. Every play you saw 2 or 3 EKU people on Towles’ tail. We he was able to stay in the pocket and pass, he did pretty well. You focus so much on the QB, you don’t even actually see what the offense is doing. 69% is pretty strong if you ask me. You can’t ask the man to be perfect, but it’s 2x better than Florida.

  6. Ha!
    4:45 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    I realize we didn’t play our best game last night. I can only imagine what Auburn will do to us if we don’t get our act together. I think it’s time we take a serious look at scouting out new coaches….maybe Stoops and his hires don’t have what we were led to believe. The only good thing in all of this is that we still have a better record than our lil bro.

    • Ha!
      5:00 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      What kind of pu$$y steals your screen name? Looks like the Tard fans want Stoops gone. Cuz they SCARED.

    • TheRealHa!
      5:09 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Funny how that shit works. Ha! Ha! Ha!

    • Ha!
      5:12 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Who do you think UofL will go after when their AD and head basketball coach are fired? LOL. πŸ˜‰

      Good Luckkkkk!

  7. Go Big E
    6:33 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Rushing Yards:

    Kensucky: 55

    Eastern (OVC) Kentucky: 180

    Wow. Good luck with “big boy football” the rest of the way, BBN.

    • Adorable
      6:39 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Final score:

      Kensucky: 34
      OVC: 27

      Overall record:
      OVC: 2-2 (.500)
      Louisville (ACC): 2-3 (.400)
      Kensucky: 4-1 (.800)

      Hooker visits:
      Louisville 22
      Kensucky 0

    • JokesOnMe(aka Ha!)
      7:32 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      At least we won and that’s all that matters. I don’t think we will be as lucky the remaining of the season if Stoops keeps prepping for games the way he did for this one. Think it’s time for a new coach or a shake up of staff.

    • Brian
      11:44 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      ^Troll is trolling. Still.

  8. dshwildcats
    9:47 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink


    Very good point! The Cardinal trolls have very short memories! Auburn dominated them for 50 minutes of a 60 minute game; then turns around the following week, struggles mightily, and ends up having to go to OT to beat FCS Jacksonville State.

    You would think that Card fans would have much bigger issues to worry about right now than whether or not Kentucky struggles with an FCS opponent. I guess not, though!

    • Ha!
      10:00 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      They are looking for any excuse to distract themselves from the fact that their little athletics department is about to crumble.

      Adios, Ricky and Tommy!!

  9. dshwildcats
    10:03 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink


    Yeah, because no other player in college football would dream of doing what Baker did to the EKU crowd. I’m sure you’d never find a Cardinal football player doing something so horrible!

    Hats off to Eastern’s kids! They seemed to want that game more than Kentucky’s. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that they were playing for a fallen teammate. Their kids played hard, inspired football. Kentucky’s kids did just enough at the end to pull out the win.

    BTW, this member of the BBN was in his seat when the game ended last night. If you’re a Cardinal fan, you’ve really got no room to be talking about another fan base leaving a game early! There’s not a worse college football fan base than Louisville’s when it comes to arriving late; not staying in their seats; and, leaving early! “Hello pot, meet kettle!!”

  10. dshwildcats
    10:08 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink


    It’s kind of ironic that this scandal could potentially bring Louisville Basketball to its knees, when Cardinal fans have been crowing since Calipari arrived in Lexington about how much cheating Kentucky is doing with its “rent-a-players”! You know what they say about karma.

  11. Rajonrondo9
    10:09 am October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Baker is the man! That was a hell of a catch and grab. Other than the dropped TD against Florida, he’s this year’s MVP.