Many are understandably upset and frustrated with Saturday night’s game against Eastern Kentucky. Losing to an FCS team simply doesn’t cut it. The Cats did NOT (thankfully), but it wasn’t that long ago that we were losing on the same field (well, the grass version) to the state’s other directional school.
In 2012, WKU was two-years removed from a 26-game losing streak upon entering the FBS. Andrew Jackson was a pro-caliber linebacker that was eventually drafted, but still a step down from EKU’s explosive defensive end, Noah Spence. EKU’s Dyshawn Mobley and WKU’s Antonio Andrews are comparable, with a caveat that Andrews almost broke Barry Sanders single-season all-purpose yardage record, twice.
The climate around the UK program was different each time. Entering the WKU game, people were beginning to question Joker Phillips. The loss would be the first strike in his downfall. Before the EKU game, the program was at a new high with a new coach in a new stadium. Completely different scenarios, producing ALMOST the same results.
Both games eventually came down to one play. Both opponents ran (practically) the same play.
Look at all of the Kentucky defenders ready for WKU’s overtime throwback.
This year produced different results.
Needless to say, they were prepared.
Even though Saturday’s game was a muddled mess throughout, when it came down to crunch time, good habits reflected good coaching. Most importantly, the Cats won.