The WKU football team is no doubt still smarting from not receiving a bowl bid.
Maybe some postseason awards will ease the pain a bit.
Senior running back Antonio Andrews was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year Wednesday, while senior linebacker Xavius Boyd won the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Andrews rushed for a school-record 1,730 yards this season, and led the nation in all-purpose yards for the second straight campaign. The Ft. Campbell High School graduate scored on a conference-leading 16 rushing touchdowns.
A Saturday afternoon matchup with Arkansas State wraps up Western Kentucky's 2013 regular season. The Hilltoppers have won three straight games heading into Senior Day. Standouts Antonio Andrews and Luis Polanco will be playing their final game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
"The first year here we were 2-10 and we gradually progressed as time went on and just really learned how to truly play the game and how to continue to have fun as you're learning it," said Andrews. "And we really got to know each other along the way."
At 7-4 heading into Saturday's game, WKU is bowl eligible for a third straight year. Saturday's game will be broadcast by ESPN3 and kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
WKU senior Antonio Andrews has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best college running back.
Andrews leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with nearly 2,200 yards and ranks second nationally in total rushing yards.
Andrews is one of ten semifinalists being considered for the award. Members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will next cast their votes for three finalists, who will be named November 25.
The winner of the award will be announced December 12.
Bobby Petrino likes to throw the ball all over the field. Antonio Andrews runs the ball so well the coach has changed his ways with Western Kentucky for now.
Andrews ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers downed Navy 19-7 Saturday, beating the Midshipmen at their own ground game.
The senior running back outgained the nation's best rushing offense all by himself as Western Kentucky (3-2) held Navy to 107 yards, well below the 398 yards the Midshipmen averaged through the first two games. The Hilltoppers outgained Navy 417-183 in total offense and held the ball 37 minutes.
Petrino called it a great win. And yes, he says the Hilltoppers are a little different on offense.
"We're running the ball, and we had to just stick to it today and work hard at moving the sticks, work hard at working the clock when we had the lead," Petrino said. "I'd love to take a couple shots there, but that's not what we needed to do to win the game."
It wasn't easy, but the WKU Hilltoppers made history Saturday night, beating Kentucky on the football field for the first time. WKU blew a 17 point first half lead, but won the game in overtime in dramatic fashion, 32-31. Kentucky scored a touchdown on their first overtime possession, forcing WKU to do the same. After Hilltopper running back Antonio Andrews scored, WKU needed an extra point to tie and go into a second overtime. But Hilltopper head coach Willie Taggart rolled the dice and decided to go for a two-point conversion.