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Navy looks for 3-0 start Saturday at Western Kentucky

Posted on 27 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 3 Navy (2-0) at Western Kentucky (2-2)
Date and Kickoff Sept. 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT
Location Bowling Green, Ky. | Houchens Industries / L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113)
Television ESPNEWS
TV Talent Mark Neely (play-by-play), Ray Bentley (analyst)

Setting the Stage

• Navy and Western Kentucky will meet for the third time on the gridiron when they square off at Houchens Industries / L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113) in Bowling Green, Ky. on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:00 pm Eastern, 1:00 pm in Bowling Green.
• This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2011 when Navy defeated Western Kentucky, 40-14, in Bowling Green.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPNEWS with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Ray Bentley (analyst) calling the action.

Navy Looking To Go 3-0 For The First Time Since 2006
• Navy is off to a 2-0 start for the second time in the last three seasons and will be looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006.
• The Mids were 2-0 in 2011 before dropping a heartbreaking 24-21 game at South Carolina.  The next week Navy lost at home to Air Force in overtime (35-34) and ended up losing six in a row en route to a disappointing 5-7 season.
• In 2006, the Mids defeated East Carolina (28-23), Massachusetts (21-20) and Stanford (37-9) to start the year 3-0 before falling to Tulsa, 24-23 in overtime.  That Navy team went on to post a 9-4 record and played Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

•    Starting corner Kwazel Bertrand will miss his third consecutive game with a left knee injury.  Bertrand injured his knee the week before the season-opener.  He is expected to be back for the Air Force game.
•    Projected starting slot back Ryan Williams-Jenkins is expected to play in his first game this year.  Williams-Jenkins tore the ACL in his left knee during spring practice and had surgery on April 9.  Remarkably, in less than six months Williams-Jenkins has returned to the practice field and is ready to see his first action of the year.
•    Projected starting slot back Colin Osborne is out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee. Osborne injured his knee early in the fall and had surgery on September 12.
Scouting Western Kentucky
•    The Hilltoppers, who are 2-2, are coming off a 58-17 destruction of Morgan State.  Western Kentucky knocked off in-state rival Kentucky, 35-26, in the opener before losing to Tennessee (52-20) and South Alabama (31-24) in back-to-back games.
• Western Kentucky is averaging 227.2 yards per game on the ground and 246.5 yards through the air.  Meanwhile, the WKU defense is giving up 195.5 yards per game on the ground and 187.5 through the air.
• Senior running back Antonio Andrews is one of the best running backs the Mids will see all year.  He leads the Hilltopper offense with 545 rushing yards on 65 carries (8.4 yds/carry) and six touchdowns and has 10 catches for 119 yards (11.9 yds/catch).  Andrews destroyed Morgan State last Saturday, rushing for 213 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries.
•    Western Kentucky has played four quarterbacks this year, with Junior Brandon Doughty starting three of the four games.  Doughty has completed 78 of his 122 pass attempts (63.9) for 830 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions.  Freshman Todd Porter started against Morgan State and completed five of his 10 pass attempts for 76 yards and an interception.
•    Junior Willie McNeal and freshman Nicholas Norris lead the WKU receiving corps. McNeal has 15 catches for 207 yards, while Norris has 14 catches for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Xavius Boyd leads the WKU defense with 45 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks.  Junior safety Jonathan Dowling has recorded 27 stops, recovered a fumble and forced two fumbles, while senior linebacker Andrew Jackson has 28 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

Navy vs. The The Sun Belt
•    Navy is 55-17-1 (.760) all-time against teams from the Sun Belt.
•    The Mids have played four of the eight teams that make up the Sun Belt, having played Arkansas State (1-0), Texas State (1-0), Troy (1-1) and Western Kentucky (2-0).

Time To Prepare
• The Mids are 10-12 (.455) under Niumatalolo with more than one week to prepare.
• In 2008, the Mids were 3-3 with more than one week to prepare, beating Towson, Northern Illinois and Army and losing to Pitt, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.
• In 2009, the Mids were 2-2 with more than one week to prepare, beating Army and Missouri and losing to Ohio State and Hawai’i
• In 2010, the Mids were 1-3 with more than one week to prepare, beating Army and losing to Maryland, Air Force and San Diego State.
• In 2011, the Mids were 2-1 with more than one week to prepare, beating Delaware and Army and losing to Air Force.
• In 2012, the Mids were 1-3 with more than one week to prepare, beating Army and losing to Notre Dame, Penn State and Arizona State.
• This season, the Mids are 1-0 with more than one week to prepare, beating Indiana.

Mids Putting Points on the board
• A week after scoring 41 points at Indiana, Navy hung 51 points on Delaware.  The 51 points are the most in a Navy home opener since 1975 when the Mids defeated Connecticut, 55-7.
• Navy’s 92-combined points in the first two games of the season are the most by a Navy team to start the season since 1975 when the Mids opened the year by scoring a combined 97 points against Virginia (42-14) and Connecticut (55-7).
• Navy is averaging 46.0 points per game this season, the ninth-best scoring average in the country.

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Morgan faces stiff test Saturday at FBS Western Kentucky

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (0-3, 0-0 MEAC) at Western Kentucky (1-2, 0-1 Sun Belt)
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 – 6 p.m. CT
Williams Stadium (22,113)
Bowling Green, Ky.

The Bears (0-3) will travel to take on Sun Belt conference member Western Kentucky on Saturday (Sept. 21) in Bowling Green (Ky.) for the Hilltopper’s home-opener. The game will mark the Bears fourth straight road test. The Hilltoppers are led by head coach Bobby Petrino, who is in his first season at the helm for the Hilltoppers. WKU (1-2, 0-1) will enter the contest coming off of a tough loss in the final two minutes against South Alabama, 31-24, in the conference opener for both teams. Morgan State will look to rebound from a 38-10 road loss against Liberty. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and will be available to watch through ESPN3 online and through mobile devices.

• Morgan State and Western Kentucky will meet for the first time in history.

• Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino enters his first year guiding the Hilltoppers and currently holds a 1-3 record, and a 76-28 career record. He previously was the head coach at Louisville and Arkansas.
• WKU was selected to finish second place in the Big South Conference, voted on by Big South head coaches and media panel.
• WKU QB Brandon Doughty was 27 of 47 for 282 yards and three touchdowns against South Alabama but also was intercepted three times, giving him eight in the past two games.
• Western Kentucky has scored on its opening possession in every game this season, opening this one with a five-play, 79-yard march capped by Doughty’s 16-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Tyler Higbee, his second career scoring reception.
• WKU freshman WR Nicholas Norris caught two touchdown passes … he has 10 rec. for 129 yards with 3 TDs this season.
• WKU senior All-American RB Antonio Andrews, who led the NCAA in all-purpose yards (3,161 yards) last season, finished the South Alabama game with 122 yards on 15 carries … it marked his 12th 100-yard effort in the past 14 games … he leads the Hilltoppers ground game by averaging a whopping 6.9 yards per carry (48 att./332 yds).

• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears return its top receiver from last season in Andrew King … King, a Columbia (Md.) product, had 25 catches for 334 yards (13.4) and scored a pair of touchdowns as a true sophomore.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five touchdowns  in 2012.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
•  NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
•  LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
•  Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return avearge (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Greg Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden (OL).

NON-CONFERENCE GRADE … The Bears are 14-23 (.378) overall in non-conference play under Donald Hill-Eley. The Bears will open the 2013 campaign with four consecutive road games against non-conference opponents, starting with Army (8/30), followed by trips to Robert Morris (9/7), Liberty (9/14) and Western Kentucky (9/21).

MOSES ENTERS … Redshirt-freshman Moses Skillon had a productive start to his collegiate career. Skillon entered the ballgame at Robert Morris and really provided a spark to an offensive unit that had trouble getting into any sort of rhythm. The 6-4, 210 pound Liberty City (Fla.) product completed 9-of-18 passes for 207 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns to Andrew King. Skillon recorded his first start last week at Liberty and completed 3 of 12 passes for 28 yards, and finished with a team-high 90 yards on the ground.

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been virtually automatic this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first three games, the Bears have scored 5-of-6 (83%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has five players with at least 10 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 32 stops (T-2nd in MEAC), including a season-high 12 tackles at Liberty (Sept. 14).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 20 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

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Kickoff time changed for Navy-WKU next Saturday

Posted on 17 September 2013 by WNST Staff



BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — In accordance with the Sun Belt Conference’s television agreements with ESPN, WKU’s matchup with Navy, set for Sept. 28, has been moved to a 1 p.m. CT kickoff as the game was added to the ESPN family of networks for national broadcast.

The game will air on ESPNews and will be the second time the Hilltoppers are on the channel after appearing there for the 2013 season opener against Kentucky in Nashville. WKU won that game 35-26. It will be Navy’s first appearance on ESPNEWS.

It will be the third meeting between the two schools with the Midshipmen holding a 2-0 advantage. Navy defeated WKU 38-22 in Annapolis during the 2009 season and again in Bowling Green, 40-14, during the 2011 campaign.  Coming off victories over Indiana and Delaware, Navy will be looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006.

Next Saturday’s game will also serve as WKU’s Military Appreciation Game. All military personnel and veterans will be able to show their military ID and receive tickets for just $12 while all active duty members of the armed services will also receive one complimentary ticket.

For the first 10,000 fans, WKU will provide a handheld American flag.

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Navy/Western Kentucky kickoff time announced

Posted on 04 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Football will face Kentucky in the inaugural game of the Bobby Petrino era at 6:00 p.m. CT on August 31, 2013 in Nashville at LP Field, WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart announced today. In addition, WKU has announced game times for the remainder of the 2013 home football schedule, including contests with Navy and Arkansas State at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

WKU and Kentucky will be playing for the fourth consecutive year, as the Hilltoppers defeated the Wildcats in Lexington last season in overtime. The game in Nashville will mark the second time in the last three years that the two programs have met at the NFL venue, with Kentucky winning 14-3 in 2011. The game will be the first for new WKU head football coach Bobby Petrino, while it will also be the first game for Mark Stoops as the head coach at Kentucky.

WKU will open the 2013 home schedule with Morgan State on Sept. 21 at 6:00 p.m. CT followed by a meeting with Navy on Sept. 28 at 6:00 p.m. CT. WKU will also welcome Troy to L.T. Smith Stadium on Oct. 26 at 3:00 p.m. CT for Homecoming before closing out the home schedule with Arkansas State on Nov. 30 at 3:00 p.m. CT. Game times are subject to change as television appearances may alter game times.

The times released for the five games hosted by the Hilltoppers are in addition to the previously announced time for WKU’s meeting at home with Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. CT on ESPN or ESPN2. It is the first time that ESPN or ESPN2 has televised a football game from the venue.


2013 Home Game Times
Aug. 31 Kentucky (LP Field in Nashville) 6:00 p.m. CT
Sept. 21 Morgan State 6:00 p.m. CT
Sept. 28 Navy 6:00 p.m. CT
Oct. 15 Louisiana-Lafayette 7:00 p.m. CT (ESPN or ESPN2)
Oct. 26 Troy 3:00 p.m. CT (Homecoming)
Nov. 30 Arkansas State 3:00 p.m. CT

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