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Cats Prepare To Host Hilltoppers

Posted by Alec McAfee on September 10, 2010

It’s always hard for a football team to open their season with arguably the biggest game on their schedule, especially for a team as young as the Wildcats.

It would almost be expected for many of the players to lose focus after playing in a game as emotionally and mentally draining as the UK-UofL game is, but the Cats aren’t buying it.

“It is not really a time to take it easy or take a day off,” said junior linebacker Danny Trevathan. “The season is a long road. We have eleven games left, so we need to take care of these eleven games.”

Not only will the Cats be approaching their game against Western Kentucky with the intent of simply winning, Head Coach Joker Phillips is expecting sixty full minutes of solid football.

“We just got to finish what we’re doing,” Phillps said about their second-half performance last weekend. “We just have to understand how to finish games.”

Although the Wildcats will be heavy favorites entering the game Saturday, they still have a tough task ahead of them.

The Hilltoppers star offensive player, Bobby Rainey, tourched one of the nation’s top run defenses last week when he ran for a career-high 155 yards at Nebraska.

“He’s shifty. He’s a strong guy,” Phillips said of the 5-foot-8 back. “But we just got to wrap him up. We can’t let him get started because he’s got that type of speed.”

Despite the problems that Western poses offensively, the Cats have their own little dynamo blossoming in their own backfield.

“Another thing I like is Moncel Allen,” Coach Phillips said of the junior out of New Orleans. “He did a really good job for us… he’s now convincing himself that he’s a fullback now.”

But the transition from halfback to fullback was not an easy one for Allen.

“(Coach Phillips) said my chances of playing this year were better if I played at fullback and that they could do different things with me,” Allen said of the switch. “…one of the hardest adjustments I have been trying to make, is all the angles and trying to block somebody.””

“Early on, he didn’t buy into it,” said Coach Phillips of his initial conversation with Allen regarding the position switch. “Once we started practicing, he did.”

With all the gameplanning that WKU will have to do for Randall Cobb and the complex passing attack the Cats implement, one thing is for certain—they won’t have to worry about Moncel Allen shrinking.

“I don’t worry about him getting shorter,” said Coach Phillps. “Usually fullbacks worry about hitting their head, going into the shoulder. He’s already there.”

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Cats Look To Continue Success Against Hilltoppers

Posted by Alec McAfee on September 7, 2010

Following an impressive win on the road against their most hated rival, the Wildcats are riding high.

In the first half of their nationally televised game, the Cats were clicking on all cylinders offensively, scoring on their second play from scrimmage, and reaching the end zone on three of their first four drives.

But a lackluster finish almost allowed the vastly outmatched Cardinals to claw their way back into the game.

The Cats were lucky enough to hold on for the 23-16 victory at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium, and left the River City feeling as though they had just finished an undefeated season. But as they prepare for another in-state foe, they must remain humble, especially after seeing Ole Miss blow a 21-point lead to Jacksonville State, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Although it may seem a bit cliche, the Wildcats need to put their impressive victory over their most vaunted rival behind them, and focus at the game this Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

Against the Cards, Steve Brown and his defense were unable to stop the run, allowing nearly 200 yards on the ground to a Louisville team that ranked a mear 89th nationally running the football last season.

The Hilltoppers, on the other hand, ranked in the top 40 nationally and feature a running back, Bobby Rainey, that ran for 155 yards last week against Nebraska, a defense known for stopping the run.

Although Western poses some threats offensively, confidence has never been higher for the Wildcats.

Entering their opening game, there were many questions about how certain players, namely quarterback Mike Hartline, might perform. But after their resounding offensive performance, it looks as though the only team that can stop that Cats, is the team name on the chest of their jerseys.

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UK vs. Florida St. – Post Game, MCB Champs

Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 1, 2008

Well the ‘Cats sure made Big Blue fans sweat this one out. When Kentucky took a 28-14 lead on Stevie Johnson’s second TD score most Wildcat fans took a sigh of relief and thought the game was over. Well the Seminoles never stopped coming and they made the most of their oppurtunities down the stretch. Kentucky pulled it out 35-28 but left many Kentucky followers scratching their heads wondering why the Wildcats didn’t blow FSU out of the water. It was talked about the entire game by the announcers and the whole week leading up to the game that Florida St. had 36 players missing and UK established the run against the tired front seven.

Some notes from the game: The ‘Cats play calling? Some of the playing calling completely baffled me and I’m sure it did the same for you. Many times in the game the Wildcats tried to run the ball out of third and longs even though Andre’ Woodson was beating the opponent down the field the entire game. Woodson finished the game with 358 yards passing and four scores but Offenisive Coordinator Joker Phillips was still slow to allow AW to put the game into his hands.

Another note from the game is how bad the referees were. Probably the worst officiating crew I have ever seen. Both teams have a right to complain about the referees. Florida State had a touchdown taken away by an offensive pass interference call that looked suspect at best and Kentucky had many little calls that were or were not called. Weatherford threw a 25 yard pass play into the redzone on a play in which it is clear the Kentucky Defensive Lineman was held as he was trying to get to the Quarterback. Even the announcers were quick to question the crew’s calls.

I want to congratulate the Kentucky Wildcats on winning the 2007 Music City Bowl. They have won two consecutive bowl games for the first time since ’51-’52. Although Florida State was short handed I think people under-estimated the Seminoles chances in this game. I said in the UK/FSU Preview that I thought the game would be closer than advertised and I have no problem saying that I was right. As you saw, FSU did not miss a beat on the offensive end and did better than most people expected them to do on the defensive end. To hold the Kentucky Wildcats under their scoring average while missing all the players they were missing is incredible. I also want to send out a huge congrats to Kentucky Head Coach Rich Brooks. A lot of people, including me, were criticle of Mitch Barnhart when he gave Brooks a contract extension but I must say it has worked out perfectly.

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UK vs. Florida St. – Preview

Posted by ibleedblue040 on December 30, 2007

Everyone knows the biggest story that will come from the Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida State Seminoles game, because it has already happened. As everyone that hasn’t been living under a rock knows, Florida State has 36 players not making the trip for tomorrow’s game against the ‘Cats in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. 34 players do to cheating on an online course. The top three Defensive Tackles and the top Cornerback for the Seminoles will not be participating in the game and it has made national headlines.

 A story about the players has already appeared on the front page of ESPN.com, SI.com (Sports Illustrated), CBS.sportsline.com, and Foxsports.com. All the articles pointed out that Andre’ Woodson is already one of the best Quarterbacks in the country and the thin line of players that Florida State is left with should make the game all the more easier for the future NFL star.

Kentucky has problems of their own. The University of Kentucky athletic department released a report stating that Keenan Burton, the number one Wide Reciever on the team, will not be playing in the game (knee). Jason Leger, an Offensive Lineman, will not be playing either due to violating team rules.

As you are probably wondering (sarcasm), I believe Kentucky will win the game tomorrow. I think Andre’ Woodson will play inspired football in his last career game and I think he throws for 350 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. I see the final score being 27-20 Kentucky. I think the game will be closer than most people think because Florida State will be playing inspired football as well because of all the players missing.

NEXT GAME

Dec. 31 vs Florida State

4:00 pm EST on ESPN2

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