Michael McCammon

Hilltoppers are making third consecutive bowl appearance

The Boca Raton Bowl will air on ESPN at 6pm (CT) on Tuesday.

With their selection to the Boca Raton Bowl, both Western Kentucky and Memphis are making a third consecutive bowl appearance.  The two programs have five times with the series split 2-2-1.

Here's the WKU Insider game preview:

LOCATION: Houchins-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green (22,113)
DATE:  Tuesday, Dec. 20
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:  ESPN
Play-by-Play: Dave Lamon
Analyst: Desmond Howard
Sideline: Quint Kessenich

NOTEBOOK

WKU

  • WKU is the first team in FBS history to tally a 4,000-yard career receiver, a 3,000-yard career receiver, and a 3,000-yard career rusher active at the same time with the trio of Taywan Taylor (4,090), Nicholas Norris (3,026) and Anthony Wales (3,092).
  • With his current return average of 40.8 yards, kick returner Kylen Towner is on pace to set the FBS single-season record for kickoff return average.
  • The Hilltoppers are averaging a halftime lead of 16.4 points, the fourth-best mark in the country.  Only Michigan, Washington and Clemson are averaging larger halftime leads.
  • WKU had seven players receive first team All-Conference honors: OL – Max Halpin, OL – Forrest Lamp, WR – Taywan Taylor, LB – Keith Brown, DB – Branden Leston, PR – Nacarius Fant

Memphis

  • The Tigers eight wins in 2016 ensures that the Tigers have produced the winningest three-year stretch in program history.
  • Memphis finished third in the AAC West Division.
  • Memphis has scored 30-plus points in seven games and 40-plus on three occasions this season.
  • Memphis is making its 10th bowl appearance and holds a 5-4 FBS post-season record.

KEY PLAYERS

WKU

QB Mike White : First-year starter ranks among the nation's leaders in multiple categories, including No. 3 in passing efficiency.

WR Taywan Taylor : Ranks 2nd in the country in receiving yards, leads the nation in catches of 30+, 40+, 50+ and 70+ yards.

RB Anthony Wales : His 24 rushing TDs leads all running backs in the country.  Needs three touchdowns to equal Willie Taggart's career touchdown record.

LB Keith Brown : 1st Team All-Conference selection is seventh in the country and leads C-USA with 123 total tackles this season, averaging 9.5 per contest.

Memphis

QB Riley Ferguson : His 28 TD passes are tied for the most for a single season in program history.

WR Tony Pollard : The true freshman is fifth on the team with 217 receiving yards, but is ninth nationally in kickoff returns with an average of 28.4 per.

WR Anthony Miller : Led the Tigers with 1,283 receiving yards, good for ninth nationally.

DB Arthur Maulet : Voted the team MVP, Maulet finished fifth on the team in tackles, while also recording a pair of interceptions and 13 passes broken up.

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