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Hilltoppers close home schedule on Saturday against North Texas

WKU Insider provides a look at Saturday's game between WKU and North Texas

Western Kentucky (7-3, 5-1) welcomes North Texas (4-5, 2-3) for a Conference USA meeting.

Here's the WKU Insider game preview:

LOCATION: Houchens-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Ky. (22,113)
DATE:  Saturday, Nov. 12
KICKOFF: 7:00 p.m.
RADIO:  Hilltopper IMG Sports Network: 105.3 FM/1450 AM
Play-by-Play: Randy Lee
Analyst:
Leo Peckenpaugh
Sideline: Terry Obee

TV:  ESPN3

Senior Day

Senior Day will on Saturday as 24 seniors play their final regular season game on The Hill.  This class, which began competing in 2013, have won 35 games, making them most successful senior class since the 2004 class won 38 games.

NOTEBOOK

This is the eighth meeting between the two programs, with North Texas holding a 4-3 series advantage.  WKU has won the last three, including 55-28 last fall.

WKU

  • The Hilltoppers protect their own turf against league foes. WKU has won 11 straight home conference games, which is the third-longest nationally behind San Diego State (14) and Clemson (12).
  • The WKU offense ranks among the country's best at 13th in total offense, 12th in scoring offense and its passing offense checks in at No. 11.
  • Allowing 108 yards per game, the Hilltoppers rush defense is No. 10 nationally.
  • WKU averages 50.8 points at home during the Jeff Brohm era.

North Texas

  • North Texas has allowed 13 passing touchdowns through its first nine games in 2016, which ties for the fewest allowed in Conference USA.
  • In North Texas' four wins this season,  Jeffery Wilson has averaged 147.0 yards per game, while the team averaged 249.5 yards per game.
  • The Mean Green secondary has intercepted 11 passes in 2016.  Safety Kishawn McClain and corner Eric Jenkins each have three.  That second best in C-USA and 22nd nationally.
  • The Mean Green ranks as best in the conference in passing-defense efficiency (116.8), and 27th best in the country.
  • North Texas ranks third in Conference USA in pass defense, allowing just 207.6 yards per game.

KEY PLAYERS

WKU

QB Mike White : Leads the nation with 4 games of 220+ passer rating this year and ranks 5th overall with a 176.6 rating.

RB Ace Wales :  Is 2nd nationally with 17 rushing touchdowns.  With two touchdown runs, Anthony Wales would tie the single season rushing touchdown record at WKU.

Wide Receivers : Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris both rank among the nation's top ten receivers.

LB Keith Brown : Is tied for 6th in the country and leads Conference USA with 98 total tackles this season.

North Texas

QB Mason Fine : Rookie has thrown a touchdown pass in six straight game.

RB Jeffery Wilson : Has 13 rushing touchdowns on the season, six away from tying the school record.

LB Joshua Wheeler : He is tied for sixth in the conference and leads the team with 4.5 sacks.


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