LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Bowl time is just about here for the Western Kentucky football team.For the second time in their Football Bowl Subdivision history, the Toppers are in one of those Bowl games, taking on Central Michigan in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Christmas Eve.
It's been a week of fun and football for WKU.And head coach Jeff Brohm said one has helped with the other.
“It has been an outstanding experience this entire week not only for our players, coaches, administration and fans and something they will cherish for the rest of their lives,” said Brohm.“It is a premier bowl destination. We are fortunate and lucky to be here and have had a fantastic time. Our players got to experience the culture here. They got to get out in the community at the children's home and during the youth clinic. They came back and raved about it. They had a great time working with the kids. They had a lot of fun at the Atlantis hotel the entire week they have been here. (But) we've also been practicing football and getting ready for this bowl game. Our players are as happy as they have ever been because of that. I've told people that they have practiced better than they ever have (because of that). I think they are ready to play, ready to get out on the field and showcase what our university is all about.”
“When you get picked to a bowl like the Bahamas you kind of think ‘this is going to be pretty cool.' It's exceeded our expectations,” said record-setting Quarterback Brandon Doughty. “Everyone has been awesome, everyone is friendly. We're enjoying our experience, enjoying our teammates and still trying to keep the focus on playing the football game. I think that is important for us as a team and as a community in Bowling Green. It's been really cool, really different and it's something I'll take with me the rest of my life.”
Western won its last four games to earn this trip.And they are looking to continue that win streak and make this week memorable for the program and the Seniors, for more than just the destination.
“It's huge, said Linebacker Nick Holt. “That's really the only way to go out as a senior: winning a big-time bowl game in the inaugural Popeye's Bahamas Bowl. That would mean the world to them and really to our whole program. This would be our first bowl win as an FBS program and we've treated it like the most important game of Western Kentucky's football history.”
“It's huge,” added Brohm.“It's very important. I think we've stressed the importance of winning as being the No. 1 goal coming down here for a lot of reasons. We have some momentum going right now. We want to try and keep the momentum and to do that we have to win this game.”