WKU reaches bowl eligibility in blowout win over Arkansas | WKU Connection

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Western Kentucky graduate transfer Ty Storey is no stranger to Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville Arkansas, but Saturday he experienced a new first on that field; a win. He appeared in 15 games over three seasons with Arkansas, starting nine a year ago, but he never won a game as a starter. From the opening kick you could tell he had the leadership and energy to fire his teammates and finally walk off a winner. WKU showed poise on both sides of the ball against an SEC opponent, regardless of their record. This led to a 49-19 beatdown on the road that ensures them a 13th game.

Opening the game, Western Kentucky’s Antwon Kincade picked off the Hogs second pass of the game, giving WKU the early momentum they would not relinquish. The ensuing drive would set the pace for the game as Storey and Co steadily marched down the field, converting two fourth downs before Jacquez Sloan took the double option handoff 19 yards for the Toppers first score. Shortly afterward Arkansas RB Rakeem Boyd broke through the Hilltopper line for a 76 yard touchdown that would be their lone score of the half. Western Kentucky meanwhile, would get 7 on each of their remaining four drives in the first half. Ty Storey ran in touchdowns in each of the next two drives, on his way to 77 yards rushing. Jacour Pearson got in on the fun the next time around, getting wide open in route to a 69 yard touchdown pass from Storey, who finished with 213 yards and one touchdown passing, as well as protecting the ball and not taking any sacks. Gaej Walker pushed the score to 35-7 to go to the locker room on his lone touchdown run of the day, but put up 129 rushing yards on the day to lead his team. Pearson led all WR with 10 catches for 120 yards, including a few early fourth downs. Lucky Jackson added 7 catches for 70 yards.

Defensively, the Tops looked to be their old selves for the most part. Two 70+ yard runs by Rakeem Boyd are the only reason this game looked as respectable as it did, and even they were blemished by missed PATs qnd a two point conversion. After Kincade’s interception to start the game, Devon Key one upped him by catching a bad pass and running it in for the Tops lone TD in the second half. WKU was able to contain Arkansas all game no matter who they played. Cory Munson, the kicker, was perfect today with one field goal and six PAT. His best play of the game though might not even be a kick. After kicking a squib kick down the middle, Munson raced to the returner before tackling him on the Arkansas 14 yard line. It was an all around good day for the Tops.

With bowl eligibility already in grasp and a quarterback who is one of the most accurate in all of College football, WKU will look to stay explosive on offense and precise on defense. Next week the Hilltoppers have a bye before traveling to Mississippi to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles before closing the season out at home vs. MTSU.

Western Wins! Defeating Arkansas | WKU Connection

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A dominating performance today by Western Kentucky, firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball.

Ty Storey in his homecoming game back to Arkansas torches the Arkansas defense for four quarters.

WKU came into this game not having scored over 30 points on the season, they would surpass that mark at just halftime leading Arkansas 35-7.

With this win Western Kentucky will become bowl eligible with 2 games remaining on the schedule.

I know you’ve been waiting on it so here it is,

Full game recap coming soon. For now, let’s beat Austin Peavy!

Bowl Projections after week 7

After a nice lopsided homecoming victory WKU is now just 1 game away from being bowl eligible this season. Now, after 4 straight WKU is looking like a bowl game isn’t the first thing on their minds, maybe a conference championship game is something that looks possible now and it looks like virtual lock this team will be back in a bowl after a 1 year drought. This is after having 4 straight years with playing in a bowl game.

When Coach Helton came to WKU he said it’s all about winning championships here and he had started to make that look true with a hot start in conference play of 4-0, and a 5-2 overall record.

Here is what the experts think of WKU bowl games :

CBS Sports – Jerry Palm is still disrespecting WKU by not putting them in a bowl game.

247 Sports – Gasparilla Bowl vs UCF

ESPN – Gasparilla Bowl vs UCF or First Responders Bowl vs Texas Tech

Sporting News – New Orleans Bowl vs Appalachian State

Action Network Frisco Bowl vs Temple

Vegas Backing Marshall Early | WKU Connection

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Vegas bookmakers continue to doubt Western Kentucky. Sunday evening Vegas Sportsbooks opened the line in favor of Marshall at -4.5 and the O/U total at 46.5 since the opening of the line it has since moved in favor of Marshall, now at -6.5.

Western Kentucky is 5-2 this season and 4-0 against the spread in their last 4. Western is rolling hot into Huntington and a -6.5 point underdog is baffling in a rivalry game.

Safe to say my money is on the Hilltoppers. Underdogs?! Crazy!

Western Wins! Defeating Charlotte 30-14! Happy Homecoming! | WKU Connection

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Western Kentucky yet again gets the big win at home defeating Charlotte 30-14 on Homecoming weekend. WKU now moves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in CUSA, controlling CUSA East division.

The WKU defense steps up yet again not allowing a single score in the second half.

WKU QB Ty Storey moves to 4-0 as the starting QB.

Trick plays are back and the Tyson Helton offense is starting to gain momentum heading into Marshall week.

Full game recap coming soon.

Underdog Mentality carries Hilltoppers to win over Army | WKU Connection

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Western Kentucky came into this game feeling disrespected. They had won two games in a row and were a long way from that opening night loss to Central Arkansas. Still, they were a 6.5 point dog in Las Vegas while playing on their home field. That was all the motivation Tyson Helton’s squad needed, scoring on their second drive of the game and never giving the lead up. In fact, they held Army and its triple option scoreless for 58 minutes before a non factor touchdown and conversion destroyed the shutout. This is the same Army team who took Michigan to overtime and has received Top 25 votes already this season. Some might even call this performance dominating, and even Coach Helton, who doesn’t like that word, had trouble coming up with a better word to describe the victory.

Coming into the game, the big question was whether or not Clayton Whites defense could stop the triple option attack Army runs. It was known that the Hilltopper’s strength lies on that side of the ball, but this performance all but proved the legitimacy of the defense on a national level as the Hilltopper’s hold the nations number 17 team in total defense. WKU allowed only 208 total yards and were legitimately mad they allowed a score at the end of the game.

Western Kentucky Opens As A 9 ½ Point Favorite Saturday vs Charlotte | WKU Connection

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Vegas has spoken, the line for next Saturday’s game vs. Charlotte is set at WKU -9.5.

Charlotte heads into Bowling Green coming off a 23-48 loss to FIU. The 49ers are 2-4 on the season looking to snap a 3 game losing streak.

WKU is riding hot into homecoming winning their last 3 only allowing 23 total points combined during that stretch.

See you at the Houch!