LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After getting a big homecoming win over UTEP, Western Kentucky will attempt to do something it hasn't done yet this season and that's win back-to-back games.The Toppers host Army Saturday in a Noon Eastern start at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in the second of three straight at home.
In a year in which the WKU defense has had its share ofproblems, defending the Black Knights triple option attack may be just what they need.Western has won its last three games against teams running that offense, including a 36-27 win at Navy this season on September 27th .
“We've been allotted a lot of preparation time by our head coach,” said Defensive Coordinator Nick Holt. “We've done a good job of coaching our concepts and the kids have bought in. They believe. It started last year and it's carried over to this year. It's a tough offense but hopefully we'll be prepared to slow them down a little bit.”
Head Coach Jeff Brohm thinks it's a help to have gone up against triple option offenses in the last couple of seasons.
“I think it's beneficial,” said Brohm. “We played two last year, we've done a whole lot of work preparing for that and done a whole lot of work this year preparing for it as well. We played decent against Navy and they still ran for a lot of yards. If you go back and watch, they had some guys open on play action that they could have easily hit that would have made a difference in the game. We have to definitely get better at that. We know that they're going to have answers to what we've done in the past to stop it, so we have to have a good plan ready.”
Western Kentucky is 4-5 overall after the 35-27 victory over UTEP last Saturday. With three games remaining, there is still bowl talk in the air in Bowling Green.
“It was a huge win,” Brohm stated. “We don't really talk about bowl games but we talked about it this past week. We wanted to put a little pressure on our guys to say ‘Look, this is a playoff mentality.' We basically have to win to advance. We found a way to win. It wasn't pretty but guys stepped up when we had to and we're taking the same approach this week. This is a game that we have to win. We have to do everything we can from a player standpoint and from a coaching standpoint to go above and beyond, to go the extra mile, to put in the extra time to find a way to win this football game. Obviously when you go on the field you have to play hard, play tough, play physical and execute but we are definitely in a playoff mode in our mind. We need to win this game.”