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WKU football blog: Virginia Tech post-game

October 4, 2008

Moral victory: 

If you didn’t know any better, you might think that Western Kentucky coach David Elson’s post-game press conference came after a Hilltopper victory. 

And while that certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday at Virginia Tech, Elson seemed ecstatic about the way his team fought back in the second half — and seemed to think that a team that has been searching high and low for an identity all season long, might have just found one.

“I couldn’t be prouder of how hard they fought,” Elson said. “They’ve obviously got a very good football team, and we battled through the fourth quarter and had some opportunities, and cleaned up some things and got even better opportunities — so we’ll learn from it, build on it, get back home and get back on that winning track hopefully.

“I think talking to a few of our guys this week, they’ve learned from those other (BCS) experiences. They know that if we do the right things and play with the right technique, that we’ve got a chance. We had a goal to beat one of (the four BCS teams on the 2008 schedule), and we didn’t — but I told them to get rid of that, we’re disappointed but we can’t do anything about it now — we’ve got some other goals that we want to attain, and I’m excited to get back to work.”

Senior quarterback David Wolke agreed, saying that the true goal coming into Saturday’s game was to just get better and find a way to compete — and he felt the team did just that.

“Coach talked to us about this, he wanted us to come out of this game knowing that we got better — and I think we did,” Wolke said. “The defense has showed up every week and played the best they can and done a really good job, and offensively we still have some things we need to work on and get fixed.

“But I think we did get better today.”

Junior linebacker Blake Boyd said if the team’s found it’s identity, then it’s definitely one of toughness.

“I think we’re definitely tough,” Boyd said. “This team, offense and defense, will come out and hit you in the mouth every play — we make stands, and on offense we try to run it down your throat.

“Our offensive line is tough, our defensive line is tough, and that’s something we’re trying to pride ourselves on.”

Crowd control:

Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium has been recognized as one of the toughest, and loudest places to play in the country over the past 10 years. 

And though WKU has been to some raucous places across the country — Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida, Sanford Stadium at Georgia, Bryant-Denny Stadium at Alabama and Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. — the consensus was that Lane Stadium was by far the loudest and most difficult to deal with.

“Tough, tough place to play,” Elson said. “Give their fans and their university some credit, you hear about it, but I think we had as much trouble with communication here as we’ve had anywhere — that I’ve ever been.”

Wolke said that the team had problems getting signals and plays relayed into the game with the headsets early on, and though it was fixed, it was still tough until the end.

“At the beginning of the game it was pretty bad,” Wolke said. “We had some trouble with the headset and some things, they couldn’t hear and I couldn’t get the plays in — this is one of the loudest stadiums I’ve ever been in.

“We got it fixed, but in the beginning there it was pretty bad, we missed a bunch of calls.

Offensive line progressing:

After struggling to do anything on the ground in four out of the team’s first five games, WKU shook up its offensive line this week.

And the end result wasn’t a win, but the team will certainly take the 148 yards rushing it gained against a pretty stout Virginia Tech defense.

“I think the o-line came out today to prove a point, and I think they did,” Wolke said. “They played great the whole game, and now everybody else has to do their jobs and execute more.

“But the o-line did their job and you’ve got to give a lot of credit to them.”