My late grandmother used to say that all the time, my mom says it and I say it as well. Now for the first time since 2010 it applies to the Kentucky Wildcats football team. They secured their sixth win of the season with a 49-13 over the Austin Peay Governors at Commonwealth Stadium.
In a way, the game was kind of a microcosm of the season: unbelievably rocky start followed by much-needed stabilization.
Stunned shock was the prevailing feeling when winless Austin Peay jumped out to an early 13-0 lead.
The highlight so far is the Austin Peay media folks trying to remember if they had a lead over anyone else this season. #BBN
— The Terry Brown™ (@TBrown_80) November 19, 2016
No one can forget the 0-2 start to the season. Thoughts of reaching six wins quickly evaporated in the summer heat of September. The running game, as it has been all season, was once again the stabilizer as Kentucky got on track and reeled off the touchdown drives and defensive stops that were expected against an inferior opponent.
Kentucky has a touchdown on seven straight possessions. Cats have scored 49 unanswered. Still 12:51 to go.
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) November 20, 2016
The running game, the bread and butter for the offense, also provided a historic first for the program as well.
Snell with 152 yards today entering the fourth quarter. He & Williams give UK a pair of 1,000-yd rushers for 1st time in program history.
— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) November 20, 2016
In a season full of ups and downs Kentucky overcame a rough beginning, remained resilient and ended the bowl game drought. In the two previous years they were oh so close and unable to get over the hump whereas this year they were able to get it done. When you boil it down that’s progress and progress is all you can ask for.
Now the Cats can go to Louisville and play free and easy against the Cardinals and see what happens. There’s no pressure on them and that has to feel good.