Western Kentucky survives Central Michigan in wild Bahamas Bowl

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Cooper Rush's 2-point conversion attempt fell incomplete as time expired, and Western Kentucky held on to defeat Central Michigan 49-48 in a wild inaugural Bahamas Bowl on Wednesday. Central Michigan trailed 49-14 entering the fourth quarter before Rush engineered a comeback. He threw four touchdown passes in the final minutes, and the Chippewas got the ball back...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bahamas Bowl Capsule

Central Michigan (7-5, 5-3 MAC) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5, 4-4 Conference USA), noon, (ESPN). Line: Western Kentucky by 4. Series Record: Central Michigan 1-0. WHAT'S AT STAKE Back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since moving to the FBS level would be the reward if Western Kentucky gets the win. Central Michigan would post its best record since going 12-2 in 2009 if...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Vacation over, time to play at the Bahamas Bowl

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) The last few days for Western Kentucky and Central Michigan have seemed like vacation. Such is life in the Bahamas. Since arriving in the island nation, players have been swimming with dolphins, participating in clinics with Bahamian children to expose them to American football, checking out the posh resort where they're staying and taking tons of photos. But...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cent. Michigan-W. Kentucky Preview

The first bowl game between a pair of United States universities to be played outside of the nation or Canada in almost 78 years is a rematch. Western Kentucky and Central Michigan will meet for the first time since the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl when they take the field for the inaugural Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 24. The last time a bowl game involving universities that call the...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Central Michigan, Western Kentucky off to Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Western Kentucky and Central Michigan will meet again in the postseason, this time in the Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 24. It's a rematch of each team's most recent bowl trip, when Central Michigan won 24-21 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in 2012. Neither team was picked for a bowl last season, despite both meeting the six-win standard. Central Michigan (7-5) was...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Wait, what? Why blocked kick isn't a free pass to rough kicker

What started as a football game in Huntington, West Virginia, between Western Kentucky and Marshall on FOX Sports 1 Friday turned into a video game right before our eyes. It was a very good video game, mind you, with both quarterbacks -- Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty and Marshall's Rakeem Cato -- throwing for more than 400 yards each and a combined 15 touchdown passes.  What...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Western Kentucky Goes For 2 In OT, Knocks Off Undefeated Marshall

It’s official – there is now just one undefeated team (Florida State) left in FBS college football. Friday afternoon, Marshall, which had streamrolled its way to an 11-0 record and a national ranking, was finally upended. After matching the Thundering Herd’s touchdown in overtime, Western Kentucky decided to go for a two-point conversion to win the game. Brandon Doughty found...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Marshall, WKU fight before game, then tally 91 points in wild first half

If you tuned in to No. 24 Marshall's game Friday against Western Kentucky, it was likely to see if the 11-0 Thundering Herd could stay undefeated and keep up their candidacy for the Group of 5 spot in a major bowl. What you've been treated to instead is the season's most incredible offensive showcase. The Herd and Hilltoppers combined for a whopping 91 points in the first half, easily...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

W. Kentucky-Marshall Preview

Although a College Football Playoff berth is out of reach, Marshall still has a chance to advance to a major bowl if it can remain unbeaten. The 19th-ranked Thundering Herd, who finally cracked the CFP's Top 25 this week, will try to complete a perfect regular season by topping Western Kentucky on Friday. While it's one of two unbeaten FBS teams in the CFP rankings along with No...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Western Kentucky routs Texas-San Antonio 45-7

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Brandon Doughty completed 26 of 35 passes for 346 yards and five touchdowns Saturday and Western Kentucky blew by Texas-San Antonio 45-7. Western Kentucky's 466 yards of offense set a school record for total yards in a season with 5,565. The win makes the Hilltoppers (6-5, 3-4 Conference USA) bowl eligible for the fourth-straight season. Doughty threw TD...
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Western Kentucky rushes past Army 52-24

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Leon Allen broke the Conference USA single-game rushing yards record with 345 yards and three touchdowns as the Hilltoppers defeated Army 52-24. Western Kentucky (5-5, 2-4 Conference USA) registered 561 yards of offense to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, placing them one win away from bowl eligibility. Allen scored on rushes of 1, 12...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Western Kentucky gearing up to stop Army's option

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm is making the urgency clear to his team. With three games remaining for the Hilltoppers (4-5) to get over .500 and perhaps become bowl eligible, the first-year coach wants players to approach games with desperation if it hopes to turn the season around. Last week's 35-27 win over UTEP was an encouraging first step, and Brohm...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Western Kentucky comeback tops UTEP, 35-27

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Western Kentucky scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to notch a 35-27 win over UTEP Saturday. Wonderful Terry's 90-yard interception return for a touchdown with 12:40 left gave the Hilltoppers (4-5, 2-4 Conference USA) their first lead since the first quarter. Brandon Doughty completed 23-of-34 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, including...
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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Doughty leads Western Kentucky past Old Dominion

BOWLING GREEN, Kent. (AP) Brandon Doughty completed 23-of-26 passes for 371 yards and five touchdowns and Western Kentucky earned its first win in Conference USA, beating Old Dominion 66-51 on Saturday. Western Kentucky (3-4, 1-3 Conference USA) sealed the win with a 96-yard interception return for a touchdown by Juwan Gardner, which put Hilltoppers up 63-51 with 8:54 left. Western...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

UAB outlasts Western Kentucky 42-39

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Alabama-Birmingham scored 21 straight points to open the second half and never looked back on its way to a 42-39 win over Western Kentucky Saturday night. Jordan Howard had 183 yards rushing with two touchdowns as the Blazers racked up 591 yards of offense against the Hilltoppers. UAB (3-2, 1-1 Conference USA) opened the game with a J.J. Nelson 100-yard kick...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Service Academy Round-Up: Week 5

YALE 49, ARMY 43: The Bulldogs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Yale Bowl with the Ivy League's first win over an FBS opponent since 1986, topping the Black Knights in an overtime thriller. Tyler Varga rushed for 185 yards and 5 TDs as Yale overcame 36-22 and 43-36 deficits late in the game, tying it with 1:29 to play and scoring the lone TD in overtime. The former rivals...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Doughty leads Western Kentucky over Navy , 36-27

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Brandon Doughty completed 38 of 54 passes for 387 yards with a pair touchdowns to lead Western Kentucky to a 36-27 victory over Navy on Saturday. Doughty, who entered leading the nation in passing yards per game (486.3) and total offense per game (480.7), also ran for a score and had an interception. Leon Allen had 102 yards on 17 carries for the Hilltoppers...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

'Resilient' Navy set to host Western Kentucky

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Navy's football team has done a good job of bouncing back from defeats over the last 12 years. Since 2003, there have only been nine instances in which the Midshipmen have dropped two in a row. A six-game skid in 2011 was the only time during that stretch when Navy has lost more than two straight. ''I think a big part of that is these kids. They're pretty resilient...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Oregon Ducks Football: Throwing it Around

Last year, Washington State QB Connor Halliday set an NCAA record by attempting 89 passes against Oregon, a game I attended. Oregon wore pink breast cancer awareness helmets, so it's easy to pick that game out during the highlight montages. In my Pac-12 preview for I noted that I expected Halliday to break 100 attempts at some point this season. It may well happen...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Middle Tennessee beats Western Kentucky 50-47, 3OT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Austin Grammar threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ed'Marques Batties in the third overtime to give Middle Tennessee a 50-47 win over Western Kentucky in the conference opener for both schools on Saturday night. Grammar ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first overtime. The teams traded field goals in the second OT. The Hilltoppers' Garrett Schwettman made...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini prepare for revved-up Hilltopper attack

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) To get ready this week for Western Kentucky's warp-speed offense, Illinois has been putting its defense through a high-pressure drill that forces them to defend three plays a minute. ''So we put our players in some stress modes, you know, physically, plus being able to communicate with one another on a third-and-five - Do I play off? Do I play tight? Those sorts...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Attendance more serious an issue than losing for Illini football

Only 36,000 and change paid to see the 2014 Illini football opener versus Youngstown St. Of course, the true number of butts in the seats was much lower, meaning that Memorial Stadium was essentially close to half empty. That’s a huge problem for the job security of Tim Beckman and the state of the Illinois Fighting Illini football program. Yes, winning cures everything, and winning...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Western Kentucky beats Bowling Green 59-31

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Brandon Doughty threw for a school-record 569 yards and six touchdowns to help Western Kentucky beat Bowling Green State 59-31 on Friday night in the head coaching debuts of Jeff Brohm and Dino Babers. Brohm's Hilltoppers had a school-record 702 total yards against the defending MAC champions. Western Kentucky raced to a 21-0 lead on Leon Allen's 2-yard run...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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