Game Preview: WKU vs. Tennessee
Sep 6, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - WKU (1-0) kicks off against their second SEC opponent in as many weeks when they take on Tennessee (1-0) in Knoxville on Saturday.
Kick-off is set for 11:21 a.m. CT with an 11 a.m. CT broadcast time and can be seen on SEC TV or online at ESPN3. In Bowling Green, the game can be found on local ABC affiliate WBKO. WBKO can be found on channels 9 (SD) and 908 (HD) on cable in Bowling Green, 13 on Dish Network, and 13-1 for viewers with an over-the-air antenna. Full clearances for Hilltopper fans outside of Bowling Green can be found at the top of the page.
With just one game between them, the WKU-Tennessee series dates back to just 2009 during the Hilltoppers first year in the FBS. Then first-year head coach Lane Kiffin led the Vols to a 63-7 victory over the Tops to open up the year.
However, WKU brings a two-game winning streak against SEC opponents into the game with Tennessee and is just the second program to make the FBS transition since 1987 to have a winning streak vs. SEC opponents within its first five seasons at that level.
Last week, the Tops knocked off Kentucky for the second straight season, 35-26, in Nashville. Quarterback Brandon Doughty, in his first career start, completed 27-of-34 passing attempts for 271 yards. The 27 completions were a WKU FBS-era record as well as a new high-water mark for Bobby Petrino-led quarterbacks in a season opener.
Running back Antonio Andrews added 194 all-purpose yards after leading the nation in 2012 with 3,161 total all-purpose yards, becoming just the second player in NCAA history to do so. It was also Andrews' 14th straight game with 100 or more all-purpose yards.
Linebacker Xavius Boyd led the defense with 10 tackles - a total he matched in last year's Kentucky bout - while adding a career-high three tackles for loss with a pair of sacks. In total, the Hilltoppers had 10 tackles for loss and three sacks over the Wildcats.
Tennessee opened the Butch Jones era with a 45-0 thumping of FCS foe Austin Peay. Led by Raijon Neal's 141 yards on the ground, the Volunteers racked up 315 yards of offense on the ground and 132 through the air off the arm of Justin Worley.
Following the Tennessee game, the Tops will continue their three-game swing away from Houchens-Smith field when they open Sun Belt Conference play at South Alabama, Sept. 14.