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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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. 

Tops Take a Long Trip for a Home Game

Aug 29, 2014
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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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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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"It's an exciting time to be a Hilltopper."

That's how first year head coach Jeff Brohm started off WKU football media day inside Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium Saturday morning, just hours before the first of the team's 23 scheduled practices that afternoon.

Besides a new head coach, the third in the past three years, the Tops begin the season in a new conference, moving to Conference USA this summer after decades in the Sun Belt Conference. They finished 8-4 last year, their eighth season in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

"We're excited about joining the new conference," Brohm said, "It'll be a challenge for us and we'll have to earn respect but that's what college football is all about if you want to become the best."

Brohm said the team had a good summer working on strength and conditioning to get in the best shape possible so a lot of players can see game action on both sides of the ball and they can stay fresh. But right now, all the team is thinking about and working towards is the first game of the regular season.

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New WKU head football coach Jeff Brohm says he doesn’t think college football players should be paid. A recent court decision gave players at Northwestern University the right to explore the formation of a union. But Brohm says scholarships and a college education are quite valuable.

“Obviously, there are different opinions on that. But I think the scholarship is the best way to handle things.  You can debate back-and-forth on ‘do they need more?’ but I feel good about the situation as it is. I think they’re always continuing to try to improve ways to take care of athletes, but I feel like they’re taken care of pretty well, myself,” said Brohm.

Brohm spoke Wednesday at the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club. Spring practices for the ‘Toppers football team culminate this Saturday with the Red vs. White scrimmage, which is open to the public and begins at 1 p.m.  The regular season begins in late August and will be WKU's first in Conference USA

The WKU Hilltoppers' 2014 football season opener has been rescheduled.  The athletic department announced Tuesday that the opener against Bowling Green State will now take place Friday, Aug. 29 instead of Thursday, Aug. 28.

The game will be played at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

The school says the change was at the request of Conference USA and the league's television partners.

It will be the Hilltoppers' first year in Conference USA.  The team is continuing spring football practice this week.

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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.
 

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WKU football is heading into a new conference with its third head coach in as many seasons.  

At a news conference Friday afternoon on campus, Jeff Brohm was introduced as the new Hilltopper head coach. Brohm served last season as WKU’s offensive coordinator under Bobby Petrino, who left this week after 13 months on the Hill to become the coach at Louisville.

Brohm was asked whether he considered going to U of L with Petrino.

“Well, that was obviously always in the discussion, and Coach (Petrino) knew what I wanted," said Brohm, a Louisville native and former star University of Louisville quarterback. "There were some things that came up before this, some opportunities that I had a chance to do."

"We sat down and talked and Coach told me I had a great opportunity to be the (WKU) head football coach if I do things right.”

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WKU will officially introduce Jeff Brohm as the school's next head football coach at a 3:30 p.m. news conference today at the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Club at L.T. Smith Stadium.

Brohm, 42, served as WKU offensive coordinator this past season under coach Bobby Petrino, who was named the new head coach at Louisville yesterday.

Brohm played for five teams in the NFL before he began his college coaching career at Louisville. He's also been an assistant at Florida Atlantic, Illinois and UAB.

He becomes the 19th head coach in school history and the third in the last three years.

Report: Brohm Set to be WKU's New Coach

Jan 10, 2014

Multiple media outlets are reporting that WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has been chosen to lead the Hilltopper's football team following the departure this week of coach Bobby Petrino for Louisville.

Brohm's promotion is expected to be made public as early as Friday morning.

The 42-year-old Brohm will become head coach for the first time in his football career. Last season, as an assistant under Petrino, WKU set a school record with eight wins in a Football Bowl Subdivision season and offensive yards with 5,502.

Petrino said Thursday that he believes Brohm is ready to become a head coach. He added that grooming Brohm for the higher position was one of the main recruiting points used to get Brohm to come to WKU in the first place.

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