After posting a perfect 2-0 record against service academies last year, the WKU football team will try to continue that success Saturday afternoon when it faces Navy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Hilltoppers beat Navy last year 19-7 in Bowling Green, but head coach Jeff Brohm says the Midshipmen will be a tough opponent again.
“We think we have a good plan in place, but like I said, they’ve seen some of this plan before, so I’m sure they have something to counteract it,” said Brohm. "We’ve got to be creative and aggressive and do some different things as well. But it will definitely be a challenge to stop that option attack.”
WKU returns to action this after two straight losses and a bye week. Navy enters the game with a 2-2 record after losing to Rutgers last week. Game time is 2:30 central and the game will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network.
One game and WKU's quarterback is already in the Conference USA record books.
Brandon Doughty threw a school record six touchdown passes Friday night leading the Hilltoppers football team to a 59-31 win over Bowling Green State in the season opener. The six touchdowns tied a Conference USA record and his 569 total passing yards was 23 short of the conference record.
“I’ll be honest I didn’t really notice it until the fourth quarter," Doughty said of his performance. "They were trying to tell me and I just didn’t even want to know. I wanted to stay locked in and didn’t want to get too high on it. I just tried to play my game and was in a really good rhythm early."
The victory was the first for WKU's Jeff Brohm as a collegiate head coach. WKU has now won three straight home openers.
Four new opponents highlight the WKU Hilltoppers’ 2014 football schedule. The school’s athletic department announced the schedule Monday afternoon. It will be the first year for the ‘Toppers in Conference USA and they’ll open up the schedule on Thursday, Aug. 28 against Bowling Green State at L.T. Smith Stadium.
They’ll take on Illinois for the first time in school history September 6th and will also face conference opponents Old Dominion, Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio for the first time.
Army travels to Bowling Green to take on WKU November 15th. The school also announced its ticket plans for the 2014 season on Monday.
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.
Antonio Andrews rushed for 110 yards, Brandon Doughty had 206 yards passing and Keshawn Simpson ran for four touchdowns to help Western Kentucky and coach Bobby Petrino beat Georgia State 44-28 on Saturday.
Petrino made his first appearance at the Georgia Dome since abruptly resigning 13 games into his only season as Atlanta Falcons coach six years ago.
The announced crowd of 5,377 barely acknowledged Petrino in pre-game introductions. Over 69,000 fans were at his last game in Atlanta, a 34-14 Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 10, 2007.
Petrino shocked the Falcons with his sudden departure for Arkansas the following day. He went 34-17 with the Razorbacks, but was fired in April 2012 after acknowledging an extramarital affair.
Western Kentucky (5-4, 2/3 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak. Ronnie Bell had two touchdown passes for Georgia State (0-9, 0-4).
Alonzo Harris rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 37-20 victory over Western Kentucky on Tuesday night.
Terrance Broadway had a 1-yard TD run and also threw for a score for the Ragin' Cajuns (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt), who have won four in a row since a 48-27 loss at Kansas State last month. Louisiana-Lafayette had 198 yards rushing in the second half and finished with 254 on the ground for the game.
Antonio Andrews had 28 carries for 154 yards for the Hilltoppers (4-3, 1-2), who led 10-0 after the first quarter. Andrews, who had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, went over 1,000 yards for the season.
Western Kentucky committed four turnovers, including Al Riles' 99-yard interception return that made it 10-7 with 6:41 left in the second quarter.
Just five days after a win over Navy, the WKU Hilltoppers travel to Louisiana tonight for a Thursday night matchup with the University of Louisiana-Monroe. WKU is now 3-2 on the season. Head coach Bobby Petrino says the team is looking to build on last week’s win.
“You know, when I watched [the video of] the Navy game of our defense and our special teams, I was impressed at how hard we played, how much we were flying around and how many bodies we got to the football on all the different plays,” said Petrino. “If we play with that intensity and that speed, I think we’ll be fine.”
Louisiana-Monroe is 2-3 on the season. This will be WKU’s second Sun Belt Conference game of the season. Kickoff is set for 6:30 CDT/7:30 EDT and the game is being nationally televised on ESPNU. Click here for a full game preview.