Western Kentucky on the run

Hilltoppers will rely on workhorse back Antonio Andrews

Originally Published: December 23, 2012
By Brent Sobleski | ESPN Insider
Antonio Andrews Robert Mayer/USA TODAY SportsWestern Kentucky will lean on Antonio Andrews against Central Michigan.

Bobby Petrino may be the new coach at Western Kentucky, but his pass-first offense won't be implemented until after the team's appearance in Wednesday's Little Caesars Bowl. The identity will remain the same as it was during Willie Taggart's tenure for one more contest -- the Hilltoppers will be a run-first offense under the guidance of interim head coach Lance Guidry.

Western Kentucky will meet its mirror image in Central Michigan. Both teams feel the ability to establish the run game first and foremost is the key to this contest.

"We're going to be physical," Guidry said. "We're going to run the football. We will have to throw the ball a little bit to get them to back off of us. We're not going to change what we do. We're able to run the ball, control the clock and keep the defense off the field. And we're going to keep that mindset.

"They're of the same mindset. They're going to run the football. They throw to keep you off balance a little bit. But they want to control the clock as well. Both teams have the same agenda, and it could go down to the wire."

Both teams exemplify the offensive systems their head coaches previously worked in.

Taggart is a disciple of Jim Harbaugh during his time at Stanford. The run-heavy formations that have been successful in Palo Alto, Calif., work just as well in Bowling Green, Ky.