4th-and-1 a game changer for WKU

Western Kentucky University’s Antonio Andrews runs into the Troy defense during their game at WKU on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Western would go on to lose 32-26. 

Elliott Pratt

WKU found themselves in a familiar tight situation on two separate occasions during Saturday night’s 32-26 loss to Troy. 

On 4th-and-1 at the goal line Antonio Andrews scored his lone touchdown of the night to go with his 144 rushing yard performance. Some may speculate the play was called as a result of a similar play last week in the Toppers’ 37-20 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.

On 4th-and-1 at the same end zone, coach Bobby Petrino called a play-action pass that ended in a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown. 

The same instance occurred on the Toppers’ potential game-winning drive Saturday night. On 4th-and-1 nearing the red zone, Petrino opted to “feed-the-stud” and give it to Andrews, who was tripped up just inches of the first down line. 

I have all the confidence in the world giving the ball to Antonio, and he wanted the ball,” Petrino said. “We thought we had a good play. I was watching the blocking and I thought we had a good chance to break it for a touchdown. I didn’t see if he tripped, or slipped, or whatever.”