A new UK football mentality

In the closing moments of the Louisville game I learned how far this program has come over the past few years. It wasn't something the team did that caused the realization of where the team was to where it is now, but my own mentality and expectations that had changed.

Saturday's win over Louisville was a game that three or four years ago I would have gone into the closing moments expecting Louisville to win. On Saturday in this tight game I expected the Wildcats to come out victorious and they did not disappoint.

In the not so distant past it was the norm for me to think that any close game was going to end up in the L column for the Kentucky Wildcats.

That thinking has changed over the last few years, and it really hit home in the game against Louisville. I came to the realization that the Wildcats have changed my mindset. No longer do I expect the Wildcats to snatch a loss from the jaws of victory. Going into the closing moments of a close game I now expect the Cats to make plays that will seal a Wildcat win.

When Justin Burke threw that Hail Mary toward the end zone I knew that the Wildcats would make the play and there would be no Bluegrass Miracle for the Louisville Cardinals on this day. Kentucky's Micah Johnson did not disappoint, as he batted the ball harmlessly down as time expired and put the punctuation mark on a third consecutive Governor's Cup victory.

In my opinion, the mindset of expecting wins in close games may be the biggest sign that the Wildcats have turned the corner on the gridiron.

Four years ago that is the type of play that Louisville would have scored on to allow the Wildcats to snatch loss from the jaws of victory. This is a new breed of Cat that Rich Brooks has in Lexington, and a squad that has developed a winning attitude over the previous three seasons.

After all the heart wrenching losses on freakish plays at the end of games it is oh so sweet to savor this victory.

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