Kentucky football seeks milestone victory


Posted Nov 4, 2006


The 2006 version of the Kentucky Wildcats football team has done exactly what has been expected of them so far. The Cats have beaten the four teams that were ‘must’ wins games in their quest for a bowl berth for the first time since 1999. Rarely do you find a Kentucky football team playing for a bowl berth in early November; after all, it has only happened ten times in school history.

The 2006 version of the Kentucky Wildcats football team has done exactly what has been expected of them so far. The Cats have beaten the four teams that were ‘must’ wins games in their quest for a bowl berth for the first time since 1999. However, there seems to be a dull in the fan base which is somewhat unexplainable. Rarely do you find a Kentucky football team playing for a bowl berth in early November; after all, it has only happened ten times in school history.

Fans need something unexpected to roar their engines

Kentucky football has been talking about upsets for years, for as much talk as there has been, there sure hasn’t been much to show for it in the win column. The fans seem ok with beating the teams the Cats are suppose to beat, but are getting restless with no success in beating the teams you are ‘not’ suppose to beat department.

A great opportunity to change that faces the Cats this Saturday

The Georgia Bulldogs are a team trying to catch the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers in the ‘We own Kentucky for decade’s battle’. It has been ten years since the Cats beat a lowly Bulldog team in incumbent Bill Curry’s final season. The last visit to Commonwealth Stadium was a walk in the park for Mark Richt’s squad, a 62-17 laugher. However, this season’s version of the Dawgs doesn’t quite pack the bite of recent Georgia teams.

Georgia, who has been an SEC championship game regular since Richt’s arrival to Athens back in 2000, has struggled this season to show any consistency, mostly due to inefficient play at the Quarterback position. Dawgs’ fans were spoiled in recent seasons by the most efficient quarterback in NCAA history in David Greene, and steady playmaker D.J. Shockley. Highly recruited freshman Matthew Stafford is a great talent, but has been pushed into playing time a little too early, and has struggled with consistency with three touchdown passes to nine interceptions.

Young Quarterbacks usually breakout against Cats

Kentucky always seems to find away to make opposing teams quarterbacks look like NFL Superstars. Just last week Mississippi State’s Michael Henig torched the Cats for 384 yards and three touchdowns. Henig is not a bad player, but he threw for over 100 yards more than his previous career high against the Cats. In 2000, Georgia entered Commonwealth stadium with star QB Quincy Carter injured and the Cats striving for an upset. That wish was put to bed when little used backup Cory Phillips entered the game and threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns.

Brooks knows how important a win would be

Coach Brooks knows that his team is still a few years away from having the capability of knocking off the big boys in the Southeastern Conference, but the Cats have shown they have glimpses of great in this team, and should be able to play with Georgia for four quarters. Georgia isn’t playing like the Georgia of old, but a win over team with a marquee name like Georgia would do wonders for the fans. A trend has started this season with “This maybe the biggest game in the Rich Brooks era” of which we have heard quite often in 2006……..

Nothing any different about this week, a Win here could bring everyone on board of the Rich Brooks train, and Brooks would love nothing more than to be able to give it to the long awaiting fans at the train stop.



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