After a hard-fought, three-point overtime loss at Southern Miss Saturday night, WKU returns to Bowling Green for its home opener against Austin Peay Tuesday night at 7:00 as part of the 2012 Cancun Challenge.
WKU erased a 14-point deficit to force overtime, but fell 67-64 in the extra session to Southern Miss in front of 7,097 at the Reed Green Coliseum in the season opener for both squads. Southern Miss's Jerrold Brooks hit four free throws in the final 8.3 seconds of overtime to give the Golden Eagles the win as O'Karo Akamune's three-point attempt at the buzzer missed the mark.
Graham Wilbert threw for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Florida Atlantic was able to force four WKU turnovers in a 37-28 victory over the Hilltoppers Saturday afternoon at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The loss dropped WKU to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Sun Belt Conference.
WKU opened the Michelle-Clark Heard era with an 80-69 win over Murray State in the season opener for both squads. The Lady Toppers (1-0) posted the program’s first non-conference win on an opponent’s home court since Dec. 28, 2009 when WKU won at George Washington 74-65 and matched the total number of road wins from a season ago.
Kentucky has fired football coach Joker Phillips, a day after an embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt. Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart announced Phillips' dismissal Sunday in an open letter on the athletic department's web site.
One of the few weaknesses displayed by the WKU football team this season has been giving up long kickoff returns to the opposition. That issue came back to haunt the Hilltoppers in a big way Thursday night against Middle Tennessee.
The WKU football team hopes to defend its home turf—and Sun Belt conference title chances—when it hosts Middle Tennessee Thursday night at L.T. Smith stadium. A win against the Blue Raiders would boost the Hilltoppers’ chances of winning the conference, which would result in an automatic bowl bid.
The WKU men's basketball team opened exhibition play Monday evening at E.A. Diddle Arena by beating Campbellsville 84-46. Four Hilltoppers scored in double figures, led by George Fant's 20 and Jamal Crook's 16. Fant added eight rebounds and five steals, and T.J. Price had 14 points and seven rebounds.
For the second straight season, the Western Kentucky University football team has reached bowl eligibility after a 14-6 victory at Florida International Saturday night.The win improved the Hilltoppers to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference, while the Panthers fell to 1-8 and 0-5 in the league.