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Toppers With Tall Order: WKU To Face #1 Bama

bullet WKU Football Game Notes – at Alabama (9/8/12)

WKUWKU hits the road for the first time in 2012, visiting second-ranked and defending national champion Alabama for the second-ever meeting between the two programs.  The Hilltoppers and Crimson Tide last met in 2008.  Saturday’s game will be televised on the SEC Network, and will be available online on ESPN3.com.

Gameday Info:

Series Information
    Alabama leads 1-0
In Tuscaloosa: Alabama leads 1-0
Only Meeting: Alabama 41-7, 9/13/2008

Broadcast Information
    TV: SEC Network
Mike Morgan, play-by-play
Chris Doering, analysis
Jill Montgomery, sideline

Radio: Big Red Radio Network
(103.7 WPTQ-FM; 1450 WWKU-AM in Bowling Green)
Randy Lee, play-by-play
Leo Peckenpaugh, analysis
Scott Thompson, sideline

Internet: ESPN3.com
                      Live audio on wkusports.com

Career Night For Kawaun – Now in his fourth year as a starter, senior quarterback Kawaun Jakes has never put up numbers like he did in last Saturday’s game against Austin Peay – and his production against the Governors came in just over a half of play.  Jakes completed 18-of-23 passes for a career-best 296 yards and four touchdowns against APSU, becoming just the fifth Hilltopper QB – and first since 1985 – to throw for four or more TDs in a game.  In fact, Jakes equalled both of his previous career highs at halftime, throwing for 276 yards and three scores before intermission. 

Spreading the Wealth – Nine different players accounted for WKU‘s 20 completions for 352 yards against Austin Peay.  That’s a yardage total through the air that has not been seen by a Hilltopper team in 18 years.  WKU threw for 357 yards at Central Florida on Sept. 24, 1994.  Of Jakes’ 18 completions in the game, 11 went for over 10 yards.  That also included three plays of 35, 38 and 40 yards.  All three of those long pass plays went to different receivers, putting WKU’s multiple big-play threats on display.

Toppers Get Offensive – With 352 passing yards, and an additional 244 yards rushing against APSU, the Hilltoppers put up their most yards of total offense in eight seasons.  The 596 total yards were the most since racking up 620 against West Virginia Tech on Sept. 1, 2005.  However, it has not been that long since WKU put up over 500 yards in a game, doing so with 507 against Louisiana-Lafayette in a home victory last season.

Defense Plays Big Too – While the offense garnered much of the attention last Saturday, the defense was not be outdone as it allowed Austin Peay’s offense just 154 total yards.  That included just two completions for 11 passing yards – the fewest allowed since Indiana State went an entire game without a completion on Nov. 14, 1998.  Wesley Kitts accounted for 68 of those 154 yards on one touchdown run early in the third quarter.  The Governors tallied just 86 yards on their remaining 47 plays from scrimmage – an average of just 1.8 yards per play.

Andrews Shows Off Versatility – Junior running back Antonio Andrews racked up a career-best 228 all-purpose yards in the opener against Austin Peay, spreading those yards between the offense and return game.  The Fort Campbell, Ky., product rushed for 39 yards, caught four passes for 59 yards, and racked up 54 yards on two kickoff returns (one of which went for 40 yards).  He also returned three punts for 76 yards, including opening the game’s scoring with a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.  That was the longest punt return by a Hilltopper since Antonio Veals returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown against Murray State in the 2002 I-AA Playoffs.

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