The win was the first home win over Middle Tennessee since 1989 and first overall since 2011.
Quarterback Brandon Doughty led Western Kentucky with the five scores and one interception.
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It is the first time in the program's FBS history they have been a preseason favorite.
Higbee is the fourth WKU tight end in the past five years to be recognized on the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List
NCAA Football: Western Kentucky squares off against Middle Tennessee at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Photos from Miami (OH) @ Western Kentucky on Sep. 26, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky.
Joe Brown stopped Nathan Marcus a yard shy of the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt with 33 seconds left to preserve Western Kentucky's 14-12 victory over Vanderbilt on Thursday night.
Western Kentucky vs. Marshall football
2013 (r-So.): Higbee saw time in seven games, starting three of the first five at tight end after converting over from wide receiver. He finished the year with 13 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown, that score coming at South Alabama in week three. His best showing of the season was a five catch, 67-yard performance also against South Alabama. Higbee tallied three catches for 41 yards against Kentucky and four catches for 31 yards against Navy.
2012 (r-Fr.): Higbee redshirted in 2012.
2011 (Fr.): Higbee played in 11 games as a true freshman, one of two true freshmen receivers to see extensive playing time for the Hilltoppers on offense. He finished the regular season with a pair of catches for 92 yards, making one start at the receiver position against Florida Atlantic on Oct. 15. Higbee finished the regular season with a bang, reeling in the first catch of his career against North Texas on Nov. 19, a 63-yard touchdown grab in the first half of a WKU win. He followed up that performance with his second catch in as many weeks, catching a 29-yard pass against Troy on Nov. 26 in the regular-season finale.
HS/Misc.: Higbee was named team MVP and team captain for his senior season at East Lake High School. He reeled in 42 receptions as a tight end, leading the county in receptions, to total over 540 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his final season. He finished his career with over 1,100 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns. Higbee earned First -Team All-County honors as well as being a Pinellas County All-Star his senior year. He was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com after lettering all four years in football. He also earned a pair of letters on the baseball diamond at the varsity level.