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Western 7, North Texas 7 (10:57 first quarter)

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.

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Monday Luncheon Thoughts

Just got in from the WKU weekly media luncheon. Here are just a few thoughts and notes from the day:

-Linebacker Chris Bullard and wide receiver Quinterrance Cooper were made available, and the sentiment Bullard echoed was that missed assignments (M.A.’s) are going to be a major focus for the week going into Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Staying in their zones and making the fundamental plays necessary to keep the Toppers in the game will be a key concern for the Toppers.

“We looked at the film and it just proved that the job just isn’t getting done,” Bullard said. “We just had a lot of M.A.’s and guys not in the right position, especially on the defensive side of the ball. So when we looked at the film, we just have to get in the right position and get where we are supposed to be, and that’ll eliminate a lot of the big plays that are happening on defense.”

-Coach David Elson’s greatest point of emphasis going into this week of preparation is something he echoed after the Toppers’ 37-20 loss at home to Florida International on Saturday, the team’s 12th consecutive loss dating back to last season. Elson said the team has had great practices, but the effort in practices hasn’t translated into games.

Fundamentals are something Elson said he will look to in order to get the team moving in the right direction.

“That’s what Sunday and Monday are for, quite honestly,” Elson said. “And we’ll get together later on this afternoon and talk about that, just (getting) feedback from players. I’m out there at practice like we all are, and I felt like our tempo has been good. It’s something we have to look at. I don’t know that there’s anything really, really dramatic other than, like you said, revving things up and mabye get a little music going to make them focus. Because even though you’re at home, there’s still a noise factor and the environment does change, obviously.”

-The quarterback spot is still going to belong to Kawaun Jakes, who was sound but showed his inexperience at times late in the FIU game. The freshman was 16-for-26 for 118 yards and one interception as well as 16 rushes for 81 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Brandon Smith, who started the Toppers’ first three games of the season, is still recovering from a sore shoulder.

“I think Kawaun is obviously the guy,” Elson said. “And once again it’s going to get to a feel thing, once Brandon can look me in the eye and say ‘okay, I’m 100%, ready to roll’ and we’ll take it from there.”

-Elson also added that linebacker L.J. Harbison and Cooper are both dealing with concussions following the game, and the team will evaluate them as the week goes on to determine whether or not they are ready to play Saturday.

Elson is confident that the players’ concussions will be slightly more low-key than that of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow’s, whose concussion against Kentucky was a major topic of conversation in both print and broadcast media for the two weeks leading up to the Gators’ 13-3 win at LSU last Saturday.

“I’ll get it going on my Twitter pages,” Elson joked. “…If  you’re not, you need to start following me on Twitter because I’ll have an L.J., Coop update on their concussion, every two hours.”

-David Harten

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WKU-UT: Third quarter recap

  • To start the second half, Western prevented a Tennessee scoring drive for the first time since holding the Vols scoreless in the first quarter, then turned the ball over on downs on Tennessee’s 39-yard line four plays later.
  • Tennessee’s ensuing drive ended just before the Volunteer offense reached the endzone. Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton’s pass was tipped by Western junior linebacker Chris Bullard and intercepted by junior linebacker Thomas Majors.
  • Senior punter Jeremy Moore was a bright spot for Western through the first half, but backed into a fourth down from Western’s four-yard line midway through the third quarter. Moore’re rugby-style punt managed only 39 yards and led to a one-play, 10-second scoring drive for Tennessee to give the Volunteers their first score of the half.
  • Offensive struggles for the Toppers carried over into the second half. Through 45 minutes of play, Western converted on only one of nine third downs and managed 82 yards of total offense.
  • Senior wide receiver Jake Gaebler recorded his first catch of the game with just over seven minutes remaining in the second half. Gaebler, known for coming up big against past non-conference traditional powers, hasn’t been a factor for most of the day.
  • With two minutes and 41 seconds remaining in the quarter, Bobby Rainey led Western’s first touchdown drive of the season, which consisted of nine plays for 66 yards in four minutes, 38 seconds. Rainey has seven carries for 45 yards going into the fourth quarter.

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