Terell Floyd returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater directed several scoring drives and Louisville surprised favored Florida 33-23 Wednesday night in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
Shaking off an early hit, Bridgewater came back to throw for 266 yards including touchdown passes to DeVante Parker and Damian Copeland against a Florida defense that was among the nation's top three in most passing stats.
Louisville went into the game ranked #22 nationally, and Florida was #3.
WKU football coach Bobby Petrino has put the finishing touches on his first Hilltopper staff. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Petrino introduced Jeff Brohm as his new offensive coordinator, and Nick Holt as the new WKU defensive coordinator.
Like Petrino, both Brohm and Holt have ties to the University of Louisville.
Brohm is a former U of L quarterback and assistant coach. He is rejoining Petrino after working under him at U of L for three seasons. Brohm says he was willing to leave his job at Alabama-Birmingham for the chance to reunite with his former boss.
“I have a past with Coach Petrino, and I have a great deal of respect for his ability as a coach, what he believes, how we believe in things that are very similar. And I wanted a chance to get back and work with him,” said Brohm, who played eight seasons in the NFL.
WKU football coach Bobby Petrino is bringing another former Louisville Cardinal to the Hill. Petrino will introduce his new offensive and defensive coordinators Wednesday afternoon at a news conference on campus.
Former U of L quarterback and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm will be put in charge of the WKU offense. Brohm comes to Bowling Green after serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama-Birmingham.
Brohm is a Louisville native who played quarterback at U of L in the early 90s and played eight seasons in the NFL.
This audio is an entry in the category of Best Sports Feature/Special for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Contest for Radio.
This entry, which aired June 25, 2012, previewed former Western Kentucky University swimmer Claire Donahue as she prepared for U.S. Olympic team qualifying in Knoxville, Tennessee. Claire explained how being an Olympian was a life-long dream of hers, and she described all the work and sacrifice that goes into being an Olympic-caliber swimmer.
The WKU men's and women's basketball teams recorded wins over visiting North Texas at E. A. Diddle Arena Saturday. In Louisville, the Cardinals built a big lead then held on to squeak by visiting Kentucky.
Freshman walk-on Percy Blade hit six clutch free throws down the stretch and the WKU men held off a second half rally from North Texas to beat the Mean Green 70-64. The win improves WKU's record to 10-5 overall and they remain undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference at 4-0.
WKU had a 13 point lead early in the second half but North Texas (5-8 overall, 0-2 in conference) went on a 23-9 run and grabbed the lead at 49-48 before the Hilltoppers pulled away for good. T.J. Price led Western with 16 points. Center Teeng Akol chipped in with 13 points.
Four Hilltoppers were in double figures Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, as WKU won its 11th-straight home game to improve to 3-0 in Sun Belt Conference play with a 76-63 win over FIU. George Fant and Kevin Kaspar notched career highs with 24 and 17 points, respectively, and 13 Hilltoppers saw action in the team effort. The Hilltoppers are now 9-5 overall on the season, and FIU drops to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
The Hilltopper men's basketball team begins Sun Belt Conference play Thursday night, as WKU and FIU meet at E.A. Diddle Arena to begin the stretch of the final 18 games in the conference schedule.
WKU enters the game on a three-game slide, with all of the losses coming away from home, but the Hilltoppers have won 10-straight games at E.A. Diddle Arena and four conference games in a row.
The Hilltoppers have won eight of the last nine games against the Panthers, and WKU’s best all-time winning percentage against any conference opponent comes against FIU (28-5, .848). A win on Thursday would make WKU 3-0 in Sun Belt Conference play for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign.
Thursday’s game brings with it a special ceremony, as the court at E.A. Diddle Arena will be named in honor of legendary Hilltopper John Oldham.
Central Michigan scored what proved to be a game-winning touchdown with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and a fourth-down pass play for WKU fell incomplete as the Hilltoppers fell 24-21 Wednesday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field.
WKU ended the 2012 season with a 7-6 record, playing in the first Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision game in school history.
"I am so proud of this group. The have been through so much in the last few weeks," said WKU interim head coach Lance Guidry. "I'm proud of the way we played tonight. We left some plays out of the field that might have changed the outcome, but sometimes that's how the cookie crumbles."