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Hilltoppers are looking for third straight win

WKU visits Florida Atlantic for a key Conference USA East Division meeting

Winners of two straight and tied for the Conference USA East Division lead, Western Kentucky (5-3, 3-1) travels to Boca Raton, Fla. to face struggling Florida Atlantic (1-6, 0-3).

LOCATION: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla. (30,000)
DATE:  Saturday, October 29
KICKOFF: 2:30 p.m.
RADIO:  Hilltopper IMG Sports Network: 105.3 FM/1450 AM
Play-by-Play: Randy Lee
Analyst:
Leo Peckenpaugh
Sideline: Terry Obee

TV:  American Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Mike Gleason
Analyst: Doug Champman

NOTEBOOK

The will mark the eighth all-time meeting between the two programs, with FAU holding a 5-2 series advantage.  WKU defeated the Owls 35-19 in Bowling Green last fall.

WKU

  • A victory makes WKU bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season.
  • 21 players on the Hilltopper roster are from the Sunshine State.
  • The WKU offense checks in at No. 16 nationally in scoring and No. 22 in total offense.  The Hilltoppers passing attack is ninth in the country.
  • Holding opposing rush attacks to 106.9 yards per game, the WKU run defense is 16th nationally.

FAU

  • The game serves as Florida Atlantic's homecoming contest.  The Owls are 9-6 all-time on homecoming games.
  • After winning its season-opener against Southern Illinois, FAU has lost six straight including a pair at home.
  • Projected to finish fourth in C-USA East Division, are currently winless in the league.
  • Kick returner Kerrith Whyte is among the nation's top 40 averaging over 25 yards per return.
  • The Owls are the fewest penalized team in Conference USA and among the top 20 nationally.

KEY PLAYERS

WKU

QB Mike White :  White is fourth nationally in yards per attempt (9.6) and sixth in completion percentage (69.5), yards (2,476) and passer rating (171.40).

LB Keith Brown : Has led WKU in tackles for six consecutive games and ranks 15th nationally in total tackles.

WR Taywan Taylor : His 993 yards ranks third nationally and has him on the edge of his second consecutive 1,000+ yard season.

FAU

DE Trey Hendrickson : The preseason C-USA Defensive Player of the Year has 8.5 TFL, including five sacks on the season.

RB Gregory Howell : Has rushed for over 100 yards in three straight games and four times this season.

WR Kalib Woods : More than a third of QB Jason Driskel's completions have been to Woods.  Has enjoyed four 100+ yard outings this season.

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QUOTABLE

FAU head coach Charlie Partridge on WKU's offensive experience:

"On offense, and this jumps out to you, in their starters they have one redshirt sophomore, so a third-year sophomore and 10 juniors or seniors in their starting group.  That says a lot to the success that they are having."

WKU defensive coordinator Nick Holt on FAU offense:

"They’ve had a chance to do some good things. The offensive line is big, physical. They are a dangerous team and they do some good things."


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