Western Kentucky looks to rebound following loss at No. 1 Alabama

WKU visits Miami (Oh) on Saturday. ESPN3 will have the broadcast.

WKU (1-1) travels four hours north to Miami of Ohio (0-2) on Saturday to face the Redhawks for just the second meeting between the two schools.  Fueled by a 457-yard passing effort from Brandon Doughty and 115 yards rushing from D'Andre Ferby to roll past Miami 56-14 last fall.

The Hilltoppers are without Doughty, now a rookie with the Miami Dolphins, and Ferby remains doubtful while recovering from a shoulder injury, but the visitors will take the Yager Stadium field as double-digit favorites.

Here's the WKU Insider game preview:

LOCATION: Yager Stadium, Miami, Oh. (26,286)
DATE:  Saturday, September 17
KICKOFF: 2:30 p.m.CT
RADIO:  Hilltopper IMG Sports Network: 105.3 FM/1450 AM
TV:  ESPN3
Play-by-Play:  Bob McElligott
Analyst:  Ryan Cavanaugh
Sideline:  Marisa Contipelli

NOTEBOOK

Western Kentucky

  • WKU feasting on out of conference teams from outside the Power Five leagues.  WKU is 11-1 since 2012 against such foes.
  • WR Taywan Taylor needs just three receptions to own the school’s career receptions record.
  • WR Nicholas Norris is one of 20 receivers nationally who has caught at least one pass in 20 consecutive games.

Miami of Ohio

  • Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (673), MAC Championships (15), bowl appearances (10) and bowl wins (7).
  • The Redhawks have dropped their first two games of the season, including last weeks 21-17 loss at Eastern Illinois.
  • Miami has just 10 seniors on its roster.  43 percent of the roster are either redshirt or true freshmen.
  • The Redhawks were selected to finish fifth in the MAC East Division during preseason media voting.
  • Miami currently ranks 14th nationally in time of possession.

KEY PLAYERS

Western Kentucky

QB Mike White: He departed the Alabama game early after being slammed to the turf by way of a personal foul, but has practiced this week.  Looking for a bounce back similar to his performance against Rice.  He's currently 11th nationally in passing yards with 652.

RB Anthony Wales:  The WKU ground game needs a big game. Wales, who missed last season's meeting with an injury, but is poised for a breakout performance.

LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe: Following a career-best outing against top-ranked Alabama last weekend, the redshirt sophomore is looking to become a consistent impact performer for the Hilltopper defense.

Miami of Ohio

QB Billy Bahl: Making his 10th consecutive start for Miami, Bahl has thrown for 516 yards in two games this season.  He's tossed just one interception.

RB Alonzo Smith:  Leads the Redhawks with 156 rushing yards through two games.  Averaging 3.9 yards per carry.  Will need a strong performance against a WKU defense that ranks among the nation's top 50 and held top-ranked Alabama to under 3 yards per attempt for much of the game last weekend.

LB Brad Koenig: Former walk-on was awarded a scholarship last season and is now in the starting rotation. Currently leads the team in tackles through two outings with 13, including a sack.


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