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Football Season Hits WKU Campus

Hilltopper fans it seemed like it would never get here. Saturday night lights returned to the Western Kentucky campus as senior quarterback Kawaun Jakes threw for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns as the Hilltoppers over threw the Governors’ of Austin Peay 49-10.

Jakes became the fifth qb in Hilltopper history to throw for four or more touchdowns in a game. The last time the feat occurred was in 1985 when Jeff Cesarone tied a school record with five TD passes against Akron.

“This was a great way to get our season started,” said third-year head coach Willie Taggart. “We were able to get a lot of guys some work. We still have a lot of work to do as a football team, but I’m pleased with the performance we put on tonight.”

On the opening drive, WKU drove the ball to the one-yard line. A miscue by the home team, brought out the kicking team and no points were scored as the field goal went wide right. That didn’t phase the other parts of the WKU team as the defense forced the Govs to punt and then Antonio Andrews ran away like a newly signed piece of legislation giving the Toppers an early lead.

The defense acted like a state legislature overriding a veto. On the next drive for the Govs, Andrew Jackson acted like it was 1814 in New Orleans and blasted APSU quarterback Jake Ryan on third down. The fumble was recovered at the 21 yard line and on the first play for the offense, Jakes found Willie McNeal giving WKU a 14-0 lead with 5:29 left in the opening period.

In the second period, Jakes threw his second scoring pass to Tim Gorski, the Toppers started to put some distance between them and APSU.

The rest of the points put on the scoreboard by the Toppers could’ve been considered icing on the cake as WKU dominated from the word go as some other team members got in on the act. WKU had nearly 600 yards in total offense and the defense held APSU with nearly 200 yards of total offense.

WKU leaves the friendly confines for the harsh territory of the University of Alabama Saturday.

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