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LANE | Toppers Move on to Miami

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Western Kentucky will attempt to get a new win streak started after having its seven-game streak ended at Bloomington last Saturday.  The Hilltoppers host Miami (Ohio) in a 3:30 pm eastern game Saturday in Bowling Green.

Much of the talk after going through the 38-35 Indiana loss was about execution on both sides of the ball.  

"We definitely need to improve," said Defensive Tackle Gavin Rocker.  "We had a decent first half, but we just didn’t do a good job executing, fundamentally, in the second half. We had missed tackles and things like that. Assignment-wise, I think we were OK, but it just goes back to the basic fundamentals of football that we needed to improve on."

"Well, when you throw the ball 46 times, sometimes you’re going to turn it over," said Quarterback Brandon Doughty who was picked off on successive plays in the 3rd quarter.  "It’s part of the game. We just didn’t execute. It was two weird plays happened there. It’s kind of frustrating because you play so well for 44 snaps and you have two picks and it’s just like, ‘Dang.' But, I guess that’s why you love the game of football. We just have to get better. We have to take care of the ball. I take the full blame for the loss. You can’t turnover the ball, on the road, to a Big Ten team that’s 2-0 and expect to win. So, I take the arrow to the forehead. It’s my fault. We’re going to move on and it’s in the past. We’ve got to focus on Miami Ohio now."    

Head Coach Jeff Brohm was disappointed in his special teams, getting a field-goal attempt blocked and giving up a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Hoosiers.

"...we’re not a good enough team to overcome that, especially against a Big Ten opponent," said Brohm.  "But, I do like the fight of our team. We didn’t give up, but we came up short so now we have to regroup. We have a lot of work ahead of us. It’s a new week. We’ve got a young, emerging team that has improved and has played a tough schedule, with Wisconsin on the schedule and they almost upset Cincinnati last week, so we’re going to have to really work hard this week and play well to win, and I think our guys need to understand that. We haven’t won many games by more than a couple points so in order for us to win, we have to execute and all three segments have to play well. That’s kind of what we believe that we have to become as a team is all three segments to play really well for us to win."

It's the second-to-last non-conference game left for Western.  They also visit LSU on October 24th.  Miami, from the Mid-American Conference, is 1-2 after a 37-33 loss at home to Cincinnati last week.  

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