4-5 doesn’t sound as terrible when you have Vandy, Tennessee and Charleston Southern remaining on our schedule so don’t cash it in for basketball just yet…. A tough loss tonight for the Cats in a game they were never really out of, yet those old familiar signature mistakes cost the Cats a victory against a ranked opponent. I don’t want to make it sound like all was good, but all was not that bad either.
Randall Cobb was the story for the Cats again on offense, making multiple plays to keep the Cats close. Cobb finished with 12 receptions for 171 yards and a TD receiving. I just love how Cobb never makes a fair catch call, forcing the defensive special teams to hit him. That is some gumption right there!
Mike Hartline came into the game dressed as a QB and got back to his old self making some bad throws and mental mistakes, however he was pressured all night long by the Bulldog’s defense. Hartline finished with 23/41 for 258, 2 TD’s and 3 INT’s.
Speaking of Hartline, he may be the only player to ever do this and I am not sure the record books would stat it but the man threw two interceptions on the same series on back-to-back throws. The first coming on an interception by Miss. St. who then fumbled and the Cats recovered. On the very next play Hartline threw a lob to the corner to Matthews that was intercepted in the end zone by the defense. To Mike’s credit though, the first pick could have been nullified by a penalty if Joker chose to accept, however he declined, thus resulting in two picks in the same series. Another odd moment in Wildcat football.
The defense kept the Cats in the game. You read that right. The Cats forced the Bulldogs into punting situations 4 times in the final 10 minutes of the game yet the Cats offense couldn’t capitalize. However, the rushing defense was once again shaky, giving up a total of 214 yards on the ground.
In all, another disappointing loss in a hard fought contest. The Cats come home against an FBS opponent next week and the finish out conference play against the state of Tennessee. The good news for the remaining 3 games is that they ALL are winnable. The Cats could very well get this puppy turned around and finish 7-5.