Michael McCammon

Hilltoppers and Herd meet to close regular season for a third consecutive season

WKU looks to clinch a spot in the Conference USA Championship with a victory

Western Kentucky (8-3, 6-1) visits Marshall (3-8, 2-5) to close the regular season..

Here's the WKU Insider game preview:

LOCATION: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, W.V. (38,227)
DATE:  Saturday, Nov. 26
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:  ESPNU
Play-by-Play: Bill Roth
Analyst: John Gregory

NOTEBOOK

WKU

  • A victory secures a second consecutive trip to the Conference USA Championship.
  • WKU has won 18 of its last 19 against league competition.
  • WKU enters the regular season finale as the nations No. 9 scoring team (42.5) and No. 11 in total offense (509.8).  The passing offense checks in at No. 6 (338.6).
  • Allowing 108.7 yards per outing, the Hilltopper rush defense ranks No. 11 nationally.

MARSHALL

  • Marshall leads the league in fourth-down conversions at 71.4 percent.
  • The Herd have scored over 50 points 16 times during Doc Holliday's tenure.
  • Marshall is No. 106 in total defense allowing 455.5 yards per games.
  • Marshall has committed just 14 turnovers this season, which is on pace for team's lowest since 2000.

KEY PLAYERS

WKU

QB Mike White : Leads C-USA with six 300-yard games this season.

RB Anthony Wales : Ranks fourth nationally with 18 rushing touchdowns.

WR Taywan Taylor : All-American candidate has caught a touchdown pass in seven straight games.  He's among 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

LB Keith Brown : Leads the Tops with 102 total tackles.  His eight TFL is third on the squad.

MARSHALL

QB Chase Litton : He's seventh in program history with 47 passing touchdowns.

WR Michael Clark : His 17.3 yards per catch average in among the league leaders and is No. 38 nationally.

TE Ryan Yurachek: Has caught a pass in 28 consecutive contests.

DE Gary Thompson : His 19 career sacks ranks No. 9 in Marshall history.

QUOTABLE

Jeff Brohm on playing at Marshall:

"There is a lot riding on this game. Our players understand that. We get an opportunity to go to a tough place to play; it’s always tough to win a football game at Marshall. They are very good at home. They have a lot of history and tradition there."

has done a good job developing him, and he’s got good players around him. - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/sports-marshall-university/20161125/marshal...
has done a good job developing him, and he’s got good players around him. - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/sports-marshall-university/20161125/marshal...
has done a good job developing him, and he’s got good players around him. - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/sports-marshall-university/20161125/marshal...

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