LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeff Brohm had one of the more impressive opening games for any first-time college head coach. His Western Kentucky Hilltoppers rolled through a Bowling Green team many picked to win the Mid-American Conference 59-31 on Friday night at Houchens-Smith Stadium. And they set numerous school records in the process. Next up is a test at Illinois Saturday. “Obviously it was a great first win for us," said Brohm. "Our guys worked extremely hard in the offseason and fall to get ready for that game. I thought we were really well prepared. We started fast and played fast and we kept the tempo all game. I think our guys were able to wear out our opponent and our guys got off to a great start. So, it's a huge first win for us it's good to be 1-0. It's good to win at home, but now we're moving on and that game is over with. We have to move on to game two. We have a tough Big Ten opponent at their place which is always difficult, and I think our guys understand last year we started off really well also but ended up having a huge loss at Tennessee and combined that with a loss at South Alabama. We know how important it is to come out and be ready to play this game. You can't get too high based off of last game. So it's important for our guys to re-focus and lock in and realize how much work it's going to take to win this next ball game."
Senior Quarterback Brandon Doughty was 46-of-56 for 569 yards and six touchdowns in the win over the Falcons. The completions, yards, touchdowns and completion percentage are all school marks and earned him several weekly national honors. The WKU offense set nine team records including 702 yards of total offense. All very impressive. But not meaning all that much if that can't follow it up this week according to Brohm.
“Without question it's key we don't want to be a one game wonder," said the former Trinity and U of L Quarterback. "We realize it's a long season. We told our team to take one game at a time whether we win or lose, that game is over and you have to move on the next one. This will definitely test us as far as we have to have a great week of practice and focus in. I think Illinois is a big, physical team and is going to like to run the football, try to control the clock, and take away what we do well. To be honest with you, I think we were able to execute well on offense this first game because of the element of surprise. I don't think Bowling Green knew exactly what we were going to do. Illinois does know what we are going to do so they are going to be very prepared for it. We're going to have to find a way to win on both sides of the ball so it's definitely a critical game, but it's going to be a difficult game.”
This is the first-ever meeting with Illinois. The Toppers are trying to go 2-0 for the first time since 2005 and win their first road opener since 2000. It's a Noon eastern start in Champaign Saturday.