Prior to taking his team to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face the top-ranked Crimson Tide, WKU head coach described the defending national champions as not only good, but "scary good." The Hilltoppers head coach even expressed his concern about how many first downs his may or not be able to record.
Both concerns proved accurate on a hot afternoon in front of 101,821 at Bryant-Denny Stadium, as Alabama used multiple big plays in the passing game and a stiff defense to defeat the visitors 38-10.
The WKU offense came out searching for the big play. Quarterback Mike White looked for wide receiver Taywan Taylor deep frequently during the team's first two series, but each of those possessions ended quickly as three and outs.
Following an Alabama 36-yard field goal early in the first quarter, Brohm called for a flea-flicker which set up a 59-yard completion to Taylor and an eventual game-tying field goal from Jake Collins.
The Hilltoppers failed to reach the red zone again and struggled to muster much more offensively, compiling just 239 yards of offense. Despite a strong performance by the WKU rush defense for much of the contest, the heavily-favored Crimson Tide recorded 466 yards of offense in the victory.
White left the game for the locker room late in the third quarter to be evaluated following a hard hit in the offensive backfield. White finished with 135 yards on 10 of 24 passing, with an interception. Graduate transfer Tyler Ferguson spelled White and threw for 55 yards on 7 of 10 passing. Drew Eckels entered late in the fourth quarter and hooked up with Lucky Jackson with less than a minute remaining to play for the Hilltoppers lone touchdown.
Taylor led all receivers with nine receptions for 125 yards. Anthony Wales led all WKU runners with 44 yards on 11 carries.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe led WKU with 10 total stops, including a sack. Fellow linebacker Keith Brown was second with 7 tackles.
Next up for the Hilltoppers is a road trip to Miami of Ohio on Saturday, September 17. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 pm.
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