Louisville (WDRB)--Bobby Petrino has never lost an opening game as a head coach. The former University of Louisville head coach and current Western Kentucky University head coach will put his 8-0 record on the line Saturday night against Kentucky.
"I thought we had a good camp," said Petrino. "Our players worked extremely hard. I thought our coaches did a good job in our plan for it. We got a lot introduced last week and we kind of cut back on things to focus on what we are going to try and execute in the first game. It's certainly that time of year where you are ready to play a game. We're kind of tired of seeing each other and hitting each other. It's time to play a game.
"It (game week) is always a fun time for me. I love going through the process and how we introduce what our schemes are and how we go out and practice it. That's one of the fun things about football for me and our staff. I'm excited about our football team. I think we've done a lot of good things. We have a lot of improvement in front of us but we'll line up Saturday night and see where we are at."
Brandon Doughty has been named WKU's starting quarterback Saturday, but Petrino has always liked a balanced attack and will likely lean heavily on returning running back Antonio Andrews. The Senior produced the second-highest all-purpose yard total in NCAA history last season with 3,161 yards, trailing only 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders. Andrews also led Western in rushing yards (1,728), touchdowns (15), scoring (90), kick return yards (767), punt return yards (234) and carries (304).
This is the final game of a four-game series agreement between the two schools. Kentucky won the first two meetings with the Hilltoppers prevailing last season 32-31 in overtime in Lexington. Kickoff is 7:00 pm Eastern Saturday at LP Field in Nashville.
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