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Hilltoppers Look To Rebound on the Road

Nov 1, 2013
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The WKU Hilltoppers travel to Atlanta on Saturday for a matchup with Georgia State at the Georgia Dome. After back-to-back losses, head coach Bobby Petrino says his offense is putting too much pressure on itself to make big plays.

“What I’ve had tried to have them focus on is just relaxing, worrying about your performance and making sure we’re not worrying about the scoreboard or where we’re at in the game,” said Petrino. “It’s just one play at a time and do your job.”

The ‘Toppers come into the game 4-4, Georgia State is winless at 0-8. WKU will be without linebacker Andrew Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.  

 The game will be broadcast by the Sun Belt Network Saturday at noon central.  The game can be seen in Bowling Green on WKU PBS.

WKU head football coach Bobby Petrino has suspended star linebacker Andrew Jackson indefinitely beginning with this weekend's game against Georgia State in Atlanta.

In a written statement, Petrino said Jackson did not meet the expectations they set forth for all their players but, if Jackson meets conditions laid out for him, he'll be back on the team for next weekend's game against Army.

In an overnight tweet, Jackson apologized to fans saying he missed team meetings Monday morning. He said while that was unacceptable, he plans to learn from his mistakes and expects to play against Army.

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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.

The Southeastern Conference will make a "historic announcement" Tuesday in Nashville.  Music City is expected to be named the primary home of SEC basketball tournaments. 

The Tennessean newspaper reports Nashville will host 12 consecutive postseason basketball tournaments, nine men’s and three women’s, starting in 2015.  The venue will be Bridgestone Arena. 

The SEC played this year’s men’s championship in Nashville and was already scheduled to return in 2015, 2016, and 2019. 

Back in May, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said the league would explore a primary site for the basketball tournaments, noting success with other permanent sites, in Atlanta for football and Alabama for baseball.

The leader of Kentucky’s high school sports governing board is trying to clarify the group’s position on postgame handshakes.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association came under criticism after media outlets reported that a statement released by Commissioner Julian Tackett banned postgame handshakes due to incidents of fights breaking out.

According to the Courier-Journal, Tackett says the KHSAA is not banning or in any way prohibiting the practice of teams or individual athletes shaking hands following a game. However, the sanctioning body said it would fine schools if fights or other conflicts break out after games end. The KHSAA says they would rather have the practice monitored instead of  eliminated.

Tackett admitted that his initial news release on the subject was “at best poorly worded, and at worst...incomplete.”

  The WKU Hilltoppers improved to 4-2 on the season after defeating Louisiana-Monroe 31-10 on Thursday night in Monroe, La.    

WKU senior running back Antonio Andrews rushed for 155 and a touchdown. It was Andrews' ninth rushing touchdown of the season, ranking him first in the nation. 

The Hilltoppers are now 1-1 in conference play and will return home on Tuesday, October 15th for a matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. 

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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.

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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."

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The WKU Hilltoppers football team is looking for its second straight win on Saturday afternoon when it plays host to Navy.

WKU head coach Bobby Petrino says the Hilltopper defense will have its hands full facing Navy's triple-option offense.

"When we looked at our schedule and saw Army and Navy on it, we started practicing for it way back in spring ball," said Petrino.

The Midshipmen comes in with a 2-0 record, WKU is 2-2 after a win over Morgan State last Saturday.

Game time is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium. Click here for an expanded preview

Andrews Leads WKU to Big Win Over Morgan State

Sep 21, 2013

WKU  took its early season frustrations out on Morgan State behind 291 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns from Antonio Andrews in a 58-17 win Saturday night.

Andrews' five scores broke the WKU (2-2) record for most rushing touchdowns in a single game. Andrews wasted no time getting things started with a 65-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage against the Bears (0-4). The senior finished with 17 carries for 213 yards on the ground. True freshman quarterback Todd Porter earned his first collegiate start for the Hilltoppers and all four quarterbacks saw time on the field. In Porter's NCAA debut, he completed five of 10 passes for 76 yards and threw one interception. WKU amassed 588 yards of total offense while Morgan State tallied 317 yards. Linebacker Xavius Boyd led all defenders with 10 tackles and Andrew Jackson followed closely with nine in the Hilltoppers' victory.

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After starting the season with three games away from home, the WKU football team is gearing up for its first contest at L.T. Smith Stadium.

The Hilltoppers host Morgan State this Saturday night, and hope to get back in the win column after dropping their last two games.

WKU head coach Bobby Petrino says players and staff are excited to finally play in Bowling Green.

"I'm looking forward to the routine for a home game, and what you do, and how you prepare," the first-year Hilltopper coach said. "I'm looking for a crowd that will come out with a lot of energy and excitement. It's always great to play at home. And hopefully that's something that will really help us and give us energy and help in our preparation."

This will be the first time WKU has played Morgan State, which brings an 0-3 record into Saturday's game.

WKU opened the season with a win in Nashville against Kentucky, but then lost at Tennessee and at South Alabama.

You can see WKU's season schedule here.

WKU Drops Sun Belt Opener Against South Alabama

Sep 14, 2013

Tyrell Pearson's interception return with just more than two minutes left set up a 1-yard plunge by Trey Fetner that lifted South Alabama to a 31-24 win over visiting Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams Saturday night.

The Hilltoppers (1-2, 0-1) took a 21-10 lead in the first half but could only manage a field goal in the second half - that coming on a 44-yard boot to start the fourth quarter by Garrett Schwettman after the Jaguars tied the game at 21-21.

Aleem Sunanon kicked a 37-yard field goal two minutes later to tie the score at 24-24.

Ross Matheny completed 11 of 15 passes for 193 yards to lead South Alabama (2-1, 1-0).

Brandon Doughty was 27 of 47 for 282 yards and three touchdowns to lead Western Kentucky, but he was also intercepted three times.

Hilltoppers Look To Rebound Against South Alabama

Sep 13, 2013
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The Western Kentucky University football team travels to Mobile, Alabama this Saturday, hoping to get back into the win column as they begin Sun Belt Conference play.  They’ll be facing South Alabama for the first time.

After an impressive 35-26 win over Kentucky to start the season two weeks ago,  WKU stumbled in a 52-20 loss to Tennessee.  The game featured seven Hilltopper turnovers.

South Alabama is also 1-1 on the season.  The Jaguars were edged by Southern Utah in their season opener, 22-21, but then topped Tulane 41-39.

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In the end, WKU's success against the SEC only went so far.

Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton returned interceptions for touchdowns Saturday as Tennessee scored after each of Western Kentucky's five first-quarter turnovers in a 52-20 victory.

Following last week's win over Kentucky in Nashville, Hilltopper fans were primed for a second straight win over an SEC team.

That won't happen when you give the ball away like WKU did in Knoxville.

WKU Drops Parking Fees For Popular Tailgating Areas

Sep 4, 2013
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It will cost less to tailgate this year at WKU football games.

The university’s athletic department has announced that several parking lots that in previous years carried a $20 parking fee, will now be free on a first-come first-serve basis. 

Those areas include McLean Hall, "The Valley", Bates Runner Hall and the Service Supply Building lawn.

WKU offers 30 tailgating areas within a half-mile of Houchens Industries- L.T. Smith Stadium. Tailgate areas open at 8 a.m. on Saturday game days The Hilltoppers’ home-opener is September 21st against the Morgan State Bears. 

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