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!

USA Today rankings | WKU Connection

Well after back to back losses in conference play WKU has dropped in the rankings again to 79th. This is a fall from 69th last week. Hopefully this week WKU can get back in the winning column and rise back up in the rankings.

In week 1 USA Today had WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130, week 3 they had WKU 116, in week 4 WKU was ranked 117, in week 5 WKU was ranked 117, and in week 6 WKU was ranked 103, in week 7 WKU was ranked 74th, in week 8 WKU was ranked 67th, and in week 9 WKU was ranked 69th. WKU is on the road at Arkansas. WKU ranks 6th in Conference USA ahead of North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.

Full rankings listed below

Arkansas – 114th

Southern Miss – 65th

Middle Tennessee – 108th

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/11/04/college-football-ncaa-re-rank-ohio-state-leads-unbeatens/4148569002/

Western Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Update | WKU Connection

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With the start of the season just around the corner WKU Basketball has had some prospect news break over the past few days.

J.J. Traynor Picks Louisville

No surprise here, in a post last week we mentioned that Traynor was most likely headed to Louisville because of his strong connection with the university and it seemed that ever since he received an offer from UofL he has his sights set on the Cards.

WKU Men’s basketball Head Coach Rick Stansbury was early on Traynor, offering him his first division 1 scholarship offer back in late April. WKU was in the lead mostly for Traynor until Louisville stepped in an offered him earlier this month. Since the Louisville offer it had been all cards by every service that follows recruiting.

Stansbury will have to turn elsewhere for his center piece of the 2020 recruiting class. As of right now Dayvion Mcknight remains the only commitment the Hilltoppers have inline for 2020. If we know anything about Rick Stansbury it is that he has shown the ability to go out and find grad transfer in his time on the Hill. I wouldn’t worry to much about the 2020 recruiting class if he can continue to bring in high level grad transfer to Western Kentucky.

Zion Harmon picks up an offer from Maryland

You may be asking yourself, why is this significant news? Simply put, Harmon is originally from Maryland (D.C. metro area) and he even added Maryland to his top list of schools after receiving the offer last week. Easy to see why Marlyand could be a contender in landing a commitment from Harmon. They were even in to visit him this morning according to his social media feed.

Since taking an official visit to Western Kentucky Harmon has also attended Meet the Racers, Murray States form of Midnight Madness. As of right now the 2021 guard has not said where he will be taking an official visit to next. A rumor is going that Harmon is a lock to reclassify to the class of 2020 pending that he be eligible for the 2020-2021 college basketball season.

Kyree Walker is still a mystery

A 5 star talent from Arizona,Western Kentucky was in to visit Walker the end of last month. Then,Kyree was still a part of his High School team Hillcrest Prep, now news has came out that Walker has left the school and is exploring his options with potentially college and overseas teams interested in his services. As of right now, I don’t think even Kyree Walker knows what his next move is.

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Small setback in USA Today Poll | WKU Connection

After the 1st conference loss WKU saw themselves drop very small in the USA Today poll to 69th. This coming off 4 wins in a row. This is a 2 spot setback from last week.

In week 1 USA Today had WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130, week 3 they had WKU 116, in week 4 WKU was ranked 117, in week 5 WKU was ranked 117, and in week 6 WKU was ranked 103, in week 7 WKU was ranked 74th, in week 8 WKU was ranked 67th. WKU is at home this week vs FAU. WKU ranks 5th in Conference USA ahead of, FAU, North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.

FAU – 70th

Arkansas – 112th

Southern Miss – 64th

Middle Tennessee – 106th

Bowl Projections after week 9

After a last second loss at Marshall , WKU is still just 1 game away from being bowl eligible this season. WKU still is tied for first in Conference USA east division with Marshall and FAU.

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 4-1, and a 5-3 overall record. 

Here is what the experts think of WKU bowl games :

CBS Sports – None

247 Sports – None

ESPN – New Orleans Bowl vs Appalachian State or independence Bowl vs North Carolina

College Football News – Gasparilla Bowl vs UCF

Action Network Frisco Bowl vs Temple