By John Alden
The WKU football team traveled to Nashville yesterday to take on in-state rival Louisville and came up short in their fight against a Power 5 opponent. The Hilltoppers suffered a 38-21 loss to the Cardinals, giving WKU a 1-2 record heading into their bye week.
Coach Tyson Helton gave Louisville credit on the team’s improvement from last season.
“I thought Louisville did a nice job today, a much-improved football team,” Helton said. “I thought they controlled the line of scrimmage, put pressure on the quarterback.”
Quarterback Steven Duncan said he thought his team didn’t play to its full potential throughout the game.
“I think we played a lot better in the second half than we did in the first,” Duncan said. “And that starts with me. I’ll take [responsibility for] that.”
Although WKU wasn’t able to pull off the upset, Coach Helton was pleased with the opportunity to play Louisville in a neutral environment.
“We love to play Louisville or Kentucky every year,” Coach said. “We always want to be able to put ourselves on a platform to compete at the highest level and play against teams like that.”
The Hilltopper football team will be off this coming Saturday, but they will return home on Sept. 28 to take on conference foe UAB at Smith Stadium.