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Marshall remains unbeaten with 38-14 victory at Western Kentucky in C-USA showdown

Marshall built a 28-0 halftime lead Saturday night and coasted to a 38-14 win over Western Kentucky in a Conference USA showdown in Bowling Green. Brenden Knox scored three touchdowns in the first half for the unbeaten Thundering Herd (3-0, 1-0 C-USA) and finished with 107 yards rushing on 15 carries. Knox opened the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown run just 38 seconds into the game. He added two more...

Western Kentucky plays host to unbeaten Marshall in Conference USA showdown on Saturday night

Western Kentucky University plays host to unbeaten Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Bowling Green. The Thundering Herd enter that contest with a 2-0 record, while WKU is 1-2. Marshall freshman quarterback Grant Wells, who has generated considerable buzz with his play through two games, is 27 for 48 for 470 yards and four touchdowns against one interception. He also has 12 carries and 73 yards with...

WKU pulls out 20-17 win at Middle Tennessee State; Houston Baptist holds on for 33-30 win at EKU

KyForward staff Western Kentucky University began Conference USA play on Saturday by pulling out a 20-17 road victory at Middle Tennessee State. WKU quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome threw two touchdowns passes, including an 11-yard scoring toss to Joshua Simon for a 20-10 lead with six minutes left in the game. Middle Tennessee (0-4) responded by scoring a touchdown with 2:07 remaining, but WKU recovered...

WKU basketball standout Charles Bassey named preseason All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine

It’s been a while since Charles Bassey stepped on the court for a game, but national pundits haven’t forgotten what he can do. The Western Kentucky University junior center has been named a preseason second team All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine. Bassey – a 6-foot-11, 235-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria – was named a first team preseason All-American as a sophomore in 2019-20...

Louisville football players ‘ready to go’ for Saturday night’s opener against Western Kentucky

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville The wait is almost over. The University of Louisville is just hours away from playing its long-awaited opener against visiting Western Kentucky. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight at Cardinal Stadium. Like all of his teammates, Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham might have a little more juice, making his first season-opening start on Saturday night. ...

WKU cross country program moves forward with fall season; Hilltoppers open campaign Sept. 18

The Western Kentucky University cross country program plans to move forward with its fall season. The team is still awaiting the NCAA’s decision on a fall NCAA cross country championship, with a ruling set to be made later this month. WKU is set to return 16 runners, while welcoming seven newcomers to the program. (WKU photo) WKU is currently scheduled to open its season on Sept. 18 at the Mountains...

EKU kicks off football season Saturday afternoon with nationally televised game at Marshall

Eastern Kentucky University begins the football season this Saturday by traveling to Huntington, W.Va., for a nationally televised game with Marshall. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN. Eastern Kentucky posted a 7-5 overall record last season. The Colonels are under the direction of first-year head coach Walt Wells, who most recently served as a quality control...

Western Kentucky players, coaches happy to be back on campus with a ‘little bit of basketball’ normalcy

When the Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team returned from the canceled Conference USA Tournament in March, things changed rapidly in the wake of COVID-19. Players moved back home and began preparing for online classes. Locker room meetings and weight room workouts moved to Zoom and FaceTime, and head coach Rick Stansbury even discovered TV shows like The Office, Breaking Bad and Stranger...

Cayman Islands Classic relocates to Florida due to pandemic; WKU part of eight-team tournament field

The fourth annual Cayman Islands Classic, which includes Western Kentucky University, has been relocated to Niceville, Fla., in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 at Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. Teams participating in the tournament with Western Kentucky are Kansas State, La Salle, Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.), Nevada, Northern Iowa...

WKU opener against UT Chattanooga moved to a Thursday night; Hilltoppers finished 9-4 last season

Western Kentucky Univesity has announced that the football team’s season opener has been moved ahead by two days and will be played on a Thursday night in Bowling Green. Originally scheduled for Sept. 5, WKU’s game against UT Chattanooga has been changed to Sept. 3. In addition, the kickoff time for the opener against the Mocs will be at 6 p.m. WKU posted a 9-4 overall record in 2019, including...

Western Kentucky adds JUCO standout Osawe, CORE4 Academy star Milton for upcoming season

Western Kentucky University has added junior-college basketball standout Kevin Osawe and CORE4 Academy star Kylen Milton for the 2020-21 season. Osawe, a 6-foot-6 forward, will have two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Vincennes (Ind.) University. Milton, a 6-foot-5 guard originally from Conway, Ark., averaged 23 points per game during a 2019-20 post-grad season at CORE4 Academy...

WKU football players, coaches adapting mentally and physically during off-campus spring workouts

Last Thursday afternoon was supposed to be Western Kentucky University’s eighth on-field spring football practice at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Instead, the Hilltoppers are scattered apart throughout the region and the country, staying home and staying safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as they have been for almost three weeks. On March 12 – five days prior to what was supposed to be the first day...

WKU lineman Tyler Witt named to 2019 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List; started all 12 games in 2018

Western Kentucky University junior offensive lineman Tyler Witt has been named to the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. The Wuerffel Trophy is “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service” and is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Going into the 2019 campaign, Witt is also listed by Athlon Sports...

WKU tight end Kyle Fourtenbary named to the 2019 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List

Western Kentucky University junior tight end Kyle Fourtenbary has been named to the 2019 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List. The Opelika, Ala., native is one of 60 players to be listed, including only one of five from Conference USA. Fourtenbary enters the 2019 campaign with 44 receptions for 398 yards and two touchdowns in his career. As a sophomore, he finished with 36 receptions for 302 yards...

WKU junior center Seth Joest named to 2019 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List

Western Kentucky University junior center Seth Joest has been named to the 2019 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List, it was announced on Friday. The Versailles native and Woodford County High School graduate started all 12 games for WKU in 2018 and played all 898 offensive snaps. Joest ranked second among Conference USA centers with a 16.9 overall cumulative rating by PFF College’s Signature...

WKU’s Pate voted to All-Conference USA Preseason Team; Hilltoppers picked fifth in East Division poll

Western Kentucky University offensive tackle Miles Pate has been voted to the 2019 All-Conference USA Preseason Team by the league coaches. Pate, a senior and a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., joined four other senior offensive linemen who made up the squad that was chosen by C-USA’s 14 head coaches. As a redshirt junior, Pate started all 12 games and played 893 of 898 offensive snaps at the right...

Hilltoppers favored to capture record third consecutive Conference USA title in media poll

With the release of the 2017 Conference USA Preseason Media Poll, Western Kentucky University was picked to win the East Division with 20 of a possible 28 first-place votes. The Hilltoppers are aiming to become the first team in league history to win three consecutive C-USA titles. On Monday, WKU earned recognition with a league-best seven players on the Preseason All-C-USA Team out of 29 possible...

WKU’s Noble named C-USA preseason Player of Year; Toppers lead in coaches poll

Kendall Noble has been named the 2016-17 Preseason C-USA Player of the Year and joins Tashia Brown on the Preseason All-C-USA Team, and WKU has been picked as the favorites to win the league as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Noble is the third preseason conference Player of the Year selected in head coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s five seasons with the team, joining former WKU standouts...

Big passing day for Western Kentucky’s White results in selection as Conference USA Player of Week

In his WKU debut Thursday night, quarterback Mike White went 25-for-31 with 517 yards and three touchdowns in the Hilltoppers’ 46-14 win over Rice and on Monday, he was rewarded by being named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced. After Week 1 of the season, White leads the country in passing yards (517) and yards per pass attempt (16.7), while ranking second in...

White debuts with 517 passing yards, three scores as WKU overwhelms Rice in opener

Mike White threw for 517 yards and three touchdowns in his debut as starting quarterback as Western Kentucky opened the season and Conference USA play Thursday with a 46-14 rout of Rice. White was 25 for 31 passing. He is only the third quarterback to throw for 500 or more yards in Western Kentucky history. The Hilltoppers had two receivers top 100 yards in receiving as Taywan Taylor caught five passes...