Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

I'm sure at some point in Brian Kelly's youth his mother told him he'd have days like he had on Saturday. Not only did Kelly lose one player from his starting lineup but two in Drew Frey and Tony Pike. But Pike's loss was the one Kelly could least afford.

The phrase has been around a long time and has even found itself on the radio in a few different selections on the Billboard charts..  Mama said there’d be days like this and how Mama was right.


It’s one thing to lose a starter early in the season.  But to lose two starters at the same position early in the season is almost unthinkable.  Brian Kelly now knows this feeling and if he remembers his Mama telling him to be ready for a day like Saturday the Bearcats will be in fine shape.


Losing Tony Pike with a broken forearm was the last thing Brian Kelly thought about entering Saturday’s game with Akron.  Now he’ll have to turn to two redshirt freshmen or a highly touted transfer he’s said wasn’t ready.


This is why head coaches make the money they make.  Kelly and quarterback coach Greg Forest must now look and find a starter in a short week.  Friday’s match-up at Marshall means one less day to make that choice and if Saturday was any indication on who may have the advantage Bearcat fans should prepare for Zach Collaros to get the start.


Much like Pike before him, Collaros came in and finished out the game not looking too good in the process.  Passing four times and completing only 1 for two yards is not what Kelly may be looking for in his starter but he did see the former two-time state champion rush for 18 yards on 4 carries.


If anyone can get a quarterback ready it’s proven to be Brian Kelly and his staff.  At every stop along the way to Cincinnati they’ve shown the ability to find replacements at the critical position and get success.  Friday they must do it again to keep the Bearcats momentum going before heading into Big East play.


The Herd enters with a 3-2 record after falling to Big East foe and in-state rival West Virginia 27-3 in Morganton on Saturday.  The nation will be watching Friday night to see if the Bearcats can find a new starter or if they play musical chairs in their final tune-up before taking on Rutgers.

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