Date: Sept. 26, 2015
Game Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Houchens-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Ky
Television: CBS Sports Network
Play by Play: Ben Holden
Analyst: Jay Feeley
Sideline: Melanie Collins
About the Hilltoppers and Redhawks:
- Western Kentucky is looking to rebound from its first loss since Nov. 1, 2014 at Louisiana Tech. The Hilltoppers had won seven straight until last week's 38-35 loss at Indiana.
- The Hilltoppers and Redhawks meet for the first time this week. WKU is 2-1 against the Mid American Conference in the FBS era with wins over Bowling Green and Central Michigan last season.
- Miami is 1-2 on the season with a 26-7 win over Presbyterian, 58-0 loss at Wisconsin and a 37-33 loss at home versus Cincinnati last week.
- Since 2012, the Hilltoppers are 9-1 against FBS teams from outside the Power 5 leagues - their only loss coming in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
- Miami has an extremely young roster. Of its 110 players, 62 are either redshirt or true freshmen. The RedHawks have just 15 seniors, 17 juniors and 16 sophomores.
- The Hilltoppers are led by quarterback Brandon Doughty, who is averaging 378.0 yards passing per game and has thrown five touchdown passes. Overall, they average 30.0 points and 468.0 yards of offense per game.
- Miami has played three different quarterbacks this season. Drew Kummer has started all three games and threw for a career-high three touchdowns last week versus Cincinnati. Freshman Billy Bahl has seen spot duty this year and redshirt freshman Gus Ragland has seen action in certain situations. Overall, the trio is averaging 216.3 yards passing and 35.7 yards per game on the ground.
- Kicker Garrett Schwettman needs three points to become WKU’s all-time scoring leader and pass Chris James’ 298 points from 2004-07.
- WKU receiver Taywan Taylor leads C-USA in receiving with 333 yards, and among receivers with at least 15 receptions, Taylor’s 19.6 yards per catch rank third nationally.
- Through three weeks of action the Miami offensive line has allowed just three sacks and 15 negative plays (-48 yards). The three sacks allowed ranks tied for 23rd in the nation.
- Miami linebacker TJ Williams had his first career double-digit tackle performance last week versus the Bearcats. Williams finished the contest with 12 tackles, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss.
- The two teams are among the most penalized teams in the nation. WKU gets flagged an average of 8.33 times per game, placing it at No.109 in the nation, while Miami checks in with an 8.67 average, good for No.112.
CBS Sports Network:
- WKU is 4-0 when playing on the CBS Sports Network, with two of those games coming at home (Bowling Green and Army in 2014). The Hilltoppers average 42 points per game when appearing on the network and are 3-0 when Ben Holden is on the call.
For Miami to Win:
- The Redhawks will use the ground and if they are to win, they'll run a lot. Miami has rushed for over 200 yards twice this season, in the season-opening win against Presbyterian and last Saturday in the narrow defeat against rival Cincinnati. They compiled (-3) yards in their 58-0 week two loss at Wisconsin.
- The defense must win the turnover battle. Miami is among the nation's leaders in turnovers gained this season.
- Keep penalties at a minimum.
For WKU to Win:
- Control the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball. Doughty must have time to throw and the defense must limit Miami's rushing success.
- Eliminate errors. As head coach Jeff Brohm said last week, this team has little room for error.
- Special teams success. WKU must be the better special teams squad on Saturday.