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1:01 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Doughty Named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for Second Time this Season

WKU senior quarterback Brandon Doughty
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WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty is being honored for his record-breaking performance in Saturday’s loss to Middle Tennessee.

The Blue Raiders beat the Hilltoppers 50-47 in double overtime, dropping WKU to 1-2 on the season.

The loss came despite Doughty’s 593 yards in passing and four touchdowns. The passing yards set WKU and Conference USA records, and earned the senior quarterback the league’s Offensive Player of the Week  award for the second time this season.

Doughty was previously recognized after he threw for 569 yards against Bowling Green State in WKU’s season-opening win.

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11:20 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Middle Tennessee Outlasts WKU In 3 OTs

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A 100-year-old rivalry lived up to the billing Saturday night as WKU and Middle Tennessee State battled into a third overtime before the Blue Raiders prevailed 50-47 in Murfreesboro.

The loss drops the Hilltoppers record to 1-2 on the season. 

A 25-yard touchdown pass from MTSU quarterback Austin Grammar to Ed'Marques Batties in the third overtime was the game-winner.

It was the second time in school history WKU went to triple overtime. The only other time it happened was in 1997 against Murray State. 

Toppers' quarterback Brandon Doughty threw for a school record 593 yards in the game, part of a 718-yard output from the WKU offense, also a new school record. 

Next up, WKU travels to Annapolis to face Navy  Sept. 27.

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4:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Four to Be Inducted Into 2014 WKU Athletic Hall of Fame

The 2014 WKU Athletic Hall of Fame class be inducted this November.
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WKU has announced the names of four individuals who will make up the 24th class of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The quartet will be inducted during WKU’s homecoming weekend, Nov 7-9.

The four are:

  • Dan King/ Men’s Basketball 1952-54; Baseball 1952-54

King helped the basketball team win 85 percent of its games during his time on the Hill, and a star on the school’s 1954 team that won 4th place in the NIT. Coach E.A. Diddle oncecalled King, a 6’5” power forward, the fastest player he ever coached.

King also once pitched both games of a doubleheader and won both contests. He helped lead the WKU baseball team to two Ohio Valley Conference championships, in 1952 and 1953.

  •  Darnell Mee/ Men’s Basketball 1991-93

Mee was named an All-America selection in 1993, the same year he helped lead the Hilltoppers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Mee scored 1,253 points during his career, ranking him 18th all-time on that list. He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1993 and played in Denver from 1993 to 1995.

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3:25 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Illinois Rallies Past WKU 42-34

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The Hilltoppers bid to go 2-0 on the new football season looked good through three quarters Saturday afternoon in Champaign, Ill. 

But Illinois scored 21 points in the fourth quarter for a 42-34 win.

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty amassed 297 passing yards on the day, completing two touchdown passes. But he also threw a critical interception late. 

WKU running back Leon Allen ran for 184 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown.  

The Hilltoppers, now 1-1 on the year, face Middle Tennessee State next week in Murfreesboro. 

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Sports
8:52 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Former WKU Star to Help Mexico Take on U.S. in FIBA World Cup Knockout Stage

Orlando Mendez-Valdez played at WKU from 2005-09, and is currently on Mexico's FIBA World Cup team.
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WKU basketball fans who watch Saturday’s U.S.A-Mexico FIBA World Cup game will recognize one of the Mexican players from his time on the Hill.

Guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez played at WKU from 2005 to 2009, and was a key member of the Hilltoppers’ 2008 team that reached the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. Mendez-Valdez plays in a professional league in Mexico, and has been a key contributor to the country’s World Cup team.

The U.S. team went 5-0 in the tournament’s group stage, and is led by a group of NBA stars including James Harden, Derrick Rose, and former University of Kentucky standout Anthony Davis.

The U.S. takes on Mexico in the knockout stage of the FIBA World Cup Saturday at 9 a.m. central. The game is being televised on ESPN 2.

Sports
5:01 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Doughty Collects Awards After Opening Week Performance

Quartberack Brandon Doughty completes a handoff during WKU's season opener Aug. 29
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WKU redshirt senior quarterback Brandon Doughty is being rewarded for his 569-yard passing performance Friday night against Bowling Green. 

On Monday, Doughty was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and National Offensive Player of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. 

Doughty threw six touchdown passes and no interceptions in the Toppers 59-31 win over the Falcons. His 569 yards passing fell just short of a Conference USA record in WKU's first game as a member. 

The Hilltoppers face Illinois on Saturday in Champaign, Ill.

Sports
7:08 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Toppers Trounce Bowling Green 59-31 in Season Opener

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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. 

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5:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Tops Take a Long Trip for a Home Game

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Tonight's season opening home football game for the WKU Hilltoppers might actually feel more like an away game for them.

Home or away, teams usually sequester themselves in a hotel the night before a game to get themselves focused and go over last minute details without distractions. But with thousands of Corvette enthusiasts in town for the 20th anniversary of the Corvette Museum this weekend, there were no available hotel rooms in Bowling Green.

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2:42 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Hilltoppers' New Football Season To Begin Under The Lights

WKU's fall practices concluded last week in preparation for Friday's season opener against Bowling Green.
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For the first time in 12 years, the WKU football team will be playing on a Friday night.  The Hilltoppers open their season this Friday, playing host to Bowling Green State.

First year head coach Jeff Brohm says his team is ready for the challenge of taking on last year’s Mid-American Conference champion.

“The fact that we’re playing a really good opponent is great for us. We get to see exactly where we stand right off the bat before we get into tough conference play for us,” said Brohm in his first Monday news conference of the new season.  “It’s an exciting time and definitely myself and all of our players will have nerves, but that’s part of it.”

Friday night’s game begins at 6:30 at L.T. Smith Stadium. It will be the first game for the Hilltoppers as members of Conference USA.  It will be the second matchup between WKU and Bowling Green State. The Falcons tripped up the Hilltoppers 41-21 in 2007 in Bowling Green, Ohio. 

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Sports
10:59 am
Mon August 11, 2014

NCAA Moves To Appeal Judge's Ruling On Compensating Athletes

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:41 pm

The NCAA is moving to appeal a federal judge's ruling that would require the organization to allow colleges to compensate students who play football and basketball. Current and former students had sued on antitrust grounds over the use of their names and images for video games, TV programs and other commercial enterprises.

A judge gave the athletes a victory Friday — but the NCAA has a strong track record when it appeals.

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