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Western-MTSU: Halftime rundown

Middle Tennessee poured it on in the second quarter, scoring 31 unanswered points to enter the half up 31-10.

  • The Blue Raiders piled up 246 total yards (to Western’s 101) in the first half, and their 28 second-quarter points tied a record under MTSU coach Rick Stockstill set last season against North Texas. But 36 of the Toppers’ yards came on a late scramble by sophomore quarterback Kawaun Jakes, and a touchdown reception by senior receiver Jake Gaebler on the final play of the half tacked on 42 more.
  • Western is leading the time of possession battle by five minutes over MTSU, the strongest sign of the Blue Raiders’ ease of scoring. MTSU’s longest scoring drive lasted three minutes, 28 seconds, but the other five drives each lasted less than three minutes.
  • MTSU senior receiver Patrick Honeycutt has three receptions for 49 yards, all of which came on third down. The Blue Raiders are four-of-seven on third down, with the Toppers three-of-nine.
  • Following the opening field goal drive, Western committed penalties on the next three kick returns. The only player profiting from the Toppers’ poor field position is senior punter Jeremy Moore, who punted five times for 203 yards in the first half.

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ULL-Western: Second quarter recap

Western’s senior punter Jeremy Moore pinned Louisiana-Lafayette on their own 10-yard line to end the second quarter with the Ragin’ Cajuns up 20-14.

  • The final scoring drive of the quarter came on a nine-play, 53-yard drive run almost exclusively with sophomore back Bobby Rainey between the tackles. Rainey carried the ball eight times for 42 yards on the drive after tallying only one rush in the first quarter.
  • To begin the second quarter, ULL followed up on redshirt freshman Kawaun Jakes’ interception with a 19-yard connection between sophomore quarterback Chris Masson and freshman receiver Javone Lawson.
  • On the sequential kick return, Western muffed a short kickoff, the Ragin’ Cajuns recovered and finished the drive with a 25-yard field goal.

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Captains named for Saturday’s game

Senior offensive lineman Kale Butler, senior cornerback Jihad Morris, senior punter Jeremy Moore and sophomore running back Bobby Rainey will serve as Western’s captains in Saturday’s game against Florida International.

Butler hasn’t seen action for the Toppers yet this season, while Morris, who has 24 tackles, will serve as a captain for the third straight game. Moore’s 44.7 yards per kick lead the Sun Belt Conference and are 12th-best in the nation. Rainey is averaging 147.2 all-purpose yards per game, by far the best on the team (senior quarterback Brandon Smith is second with 54 yards per game).

The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Houchens-Smith Stadium and will be Western’s first-ever Sun Belt Conference game.

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WKU Weekly Media Luncheon Wrap-Up

I’m fresh out of Western’s weekly football media luncheon.  Senior quarterback Brandon Smith and junior linebacker Mike Gothard joined coach David Elson to discuss last weekend’s 63-7 loss at Tennessee and looked ahead to next weekend’s home opener against South Florida.

  • Elson said that among the struggles on offense and defense against Tennessee, special teams were a bright spot. “The first positive that comes to mind is our special teams and Jeremy Moore,“ Elson said. “From a production standpoint, Jeremy punted the ball as well as he ever has.” Moore punted nine times last Saturday for a career high 403 yards.
  • Gothard contributed on the defense and a number of special teams last Saturday, and after cramping up, received an IV in the third quarter. Gothard returned to play in the fourth quarter and finished the game. “I never really took a breather or anything it seemed like…it just kind of caught up with me in the third quarter,” Gothard said.
  • Smith said that after returning to the bus post-game in Knoxville last weekend, consensus amongst the team was that they wanted another chance to make a statement. “After talking with the guys, it’s pretty unanimous that we want to get out there and make improvements,” Smith said. “Everyone’s just eager to work on their position and get better.”
  • The Western locker room hasn’t been overcome with the H1N1 flu virus, but Elson said a number of Toppers were sick at Tennessee. “We’ve got about six guys right now that are feeling it, and that happened literally in the locker room before the game,” Elson said. According to Elson, the team has taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Hosting another recent transition team in South Florida this weekend, Elson said he looks more at programs like Boise State than South Florida as a model team to follow in Western’s foray into the Football Bowl Subdivision. “For somebody to do it at the level (South Florida has) done it as quickly, I think its a special circumstance, and they’ve got all those special circumstances in their corner,” Elson said of South Florida.

-Jonathan Lintner

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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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Notebook: WKU football Media Day

Smith “honored” to have starting quarterback role

After so many years of riding the bench, waiting for his opportunity, Brandon Smith was named the starting quarterback for Western’s football team this fall. Smith, a redshirt senior out of Danville, saw action in four games last season, completing 12-of-25 passes for 47 yards.

“It’s an honor to get that starting job,” Smith said. “But now I kind of see it as the real job starts, and the real job is to get the offense going and to meet our team goals this year.”

Smith has seen the ups and downs of Western’s transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and said he’s ready to accomplish something more than just being there in 2009.

“I waited a long time to get this opportunity, but you know, just getting the opportunity isn’t enough. I’d like to do something with it,” Smith said. “It’s only going to be a success if we meet our goals.”

Western using low rankings as motivation

It’s no secret: The critics haven’t been kind to Western this preseason. The New York Times and Sports Illustrated ranked the Toppers 120th among the 120 FBS teams entering this season, a year after Sports Illustrated left them off the list completely.

Elson noticed his team’s absence from the list last season. Now, entering his 14th season of coaching at Western, he’s telling players that respect has to be earned.

“I told our guys, and I said this even last year, but nobody’s going to hand us anything,” Elson said. “Nothing in this world is given to you. You have to earn it. There’s only one thing you can do about it, and that is to go out and prepare to be as successful as you can on Saturdays and beat people you’re not supposed to beat.”

The low ranking isn’t lowering spirits in camp, but rather giving the players something to work towards.

“You see it, you notice it, and of course we use it as motivation,” Smith said. “I know me personally, I think about it a lot when I’m out there working. A lot of people are basically counting us out.”

Under new coaches, players find system familiar

Head coach David Elson introduced three new coordinators to the team over the spring – Mike Dietzel on defense, Walt Wells with the offense and Stu Holt, who now works with the special teams.

Each coach was already a member of the Toppers’ staff (with Dietzel moving to defensive coordinator for the second time), and players said they have found the transition to be easy so far.

“Nothing much has changed from coach Elson being our coordinator to coach Dietzel,” sophomore defensive lineman Jared Clendenin said. “They’ve got the same core values for the defense, and that’s to go out and play hard every time and fly hard to the ball.”

Dietzel said he hoped the players’ familiarity with the coordinators will lead to good things, adding that even though he didn’t have a defensive position while working with special teams, he was always a part of the mix when Elson was in charge.

“I’ve been on the defense the entire time I’ve been here,” Dietzel said. “From the standpoint of that, the players are used to me being a part of the meetings and a part of the defensive strategy.”

Having a new offensive coordinator and quarterback in the same year can often be confusing, but Smith said he’s not worried.

Under Wells’ system, Smith said changes have been kept at a minimum, and the newly appointed coach is rather adding on to what the offense already knew.

“Coach Wells made it pretty simple for us,” Smith said. “A lot of the terminology has stayed the same. A lot of the plays from the past we’ve kept in, but we’ve added a few new wrinkles here and there to make it an overall balanced offense.”

Western looking to finish close games with a win in 2009

A story from both the 2007 and 2008 transition seasons was how close Western came to knocking off so many opponents. Close losses to Troy and North Texas two seasons ago lingered into 2008, where Western was a drive away from knocking off Florida Atlantic and a turnover from a win against North Texas.

Nobody knows the ins and outs of those tight games better than Elson, who reviewed game tape from some of his latest barn burners and came away hopeful for this season.

“You can see with a little something here, a little something there, whether it be schematically, whether it be the ball bouncing your way, a call here or there, we’ve been extremely close,” Elson said. “So that’s got to give you some optimism as you go into it.”

Jeremy Moore, Western’s senior punter, was on line with Elson.

“We’ve been in almost every single game we’ve played in,” Moore said. “If we can find a way this year to finish games better, to execute in the fourth quarter when it’s tied and we’re up by a touchdown, down by a touchdown, a lot of those games can go the other way.”

The Toppers have more reward to win the close ones in 2009. Now an official member of the Sun Belt conference, Western’s bowl eligibility is on the line with every win and loss.

Crennel denoted as Distinguished Alumni

As announced on Thursday, former Western football walk-on and eventual standout Romeo Crennel will be inducted into the 2009 class of Western Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

Crennnel was a four-year starter for the Toppers, playing from 1966-69. After serving as a graduate assistant for Western, Crennel went on to be an assistant coach in the NFL for 24 seasons and was head coach of the Cleveland Browns for four seasons.

Throughout his career, Crennel won five Super Bowl rings.

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