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Officials confirmed North Texas freshman receiver Darius Cary’s dive at the endzone, and the Mean Green scored the game’s 21st point less than halfway through the first quarter.
- The latest edition of this matchup is looking much like last years past. Western and North Texas combined to score 144 points in their first two meetings.
Sophomore receiver Derrius Brooks answered the North Texas touchdown with an 81-yard kickoff return. Sophomore running back Bobby Rainey scored a play later from six yards out to tie the game early.
- It will be interesting to watch the Toppers’ defensive front as the game progresses. Junior linebacker Chris Bullard played down on the first drive, throwing more of a 4-3 look at North Texas rather than the customary 3-4.
The Mean Green struck first after a methodical march down the field ended on a two-yard rushing touchdown by sophomore running back James Hamilton.
- The Toppers failed to gain possession on an onside kick to open the game. Junior linebacker Thomas Majors jumped offsides, and Western kicked away on the ensuing attempt.
Western and North Texas are set to kick off at 3:15 p.m. CT. The Mean Green own the series 2-0 so far, knocking off the Toppers 27-26 in 2007 and 51-40 in 2008.
- This game is pivotal in terms of Head Coach David Elson’s career record, which would move to less than .500 with a loss today. Elson is 39-39 in seven seasons.
- On the other side, North Texas coach Todd Dodge is 4-27 in three seasons as a head coach. A win today would mean that the majority of Dodge’s wins came against Western.
- To the day, Western is 7-3 on Halloween. Their most recent Oct. 31 contest was a 1987 loss at Louisville.
- A player to watch today is senior receiver Jake Gaebler, who continues to inch towards the all-time receptions record at Western. Gaebler is 11 catches away from surpassing Curtis Hamilton.
Check out the game notebook at the WKU Herald site here and stay tuned to Toppertalk for in-game updates.
Western’s second-worst loss of the season is in the books, with geographic rival Middle Tennessee State dominating the Toppers in nearly every aspect of the game.
- Senior quarterback Brandon Smith made two big plays to open the quarter, rushing for 18 yards on second and 12 from MTSU’s 34-yard line and then completing a 16-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Jake Gaebler.
- The Blue Raiders scored easily early in the quarter, scoring after moving the ball 63 yards in a minute and 22 seconds on their first possession. Western sophomore quarterback Tyler Bruce threw an interception on the next drive, and freshman backup quarterback Brent Burnette completed a 10-yard pass for a touchdown that produced the final score.
- The Blue Raiders compiled 646 yards of total offense compared to Western’s 250. 417 of Middle Tennessee’s yards were in the air, and junior quarterback Dwight Dasher was 22 of 35 for a career-high 355 yards, passing for three touchdowns and running for two more.
Check wkuherald.com later for a complete game recap.
MTSU’s Desmond Gee opened the second half with a 79-yard kick return, and from there it was more of the same for Western. The Toppers were outscored 17-7 and enter the fourth quarter down 48-17, their largest deficit since they lost 63-7 to Tennessee in the season opener.
- Sophomore running back Bobby Rainey fumbled after MTSU’s quarter-opening field goal, and the Blue Raiders found the end zone two plays later on a 49-yard run by Kenneth Gilstrap.
- Western’s lone score of the third quarter came on a four-yard rush by sophomore quarterback Kawaun Jakes, who was the Toppers’ lone option at quarterback until senior quarterback Brandon Smith came in during the final minute of the quarter.
- One thing changed in the third quarter, and that was the time of possession. Although MTSU didn’t stick exclusively to the ground, they managed to close the gap to two minutes after holding the ball for much of the quarter.