PREVIEW: Army at WKU (Military Appreciation Day)

Redshirt senior quarterback Brandon Doughty talks to Head Coach Jeff Brohm during the first half of the WKU vs UTEP game on Saturday. Doughty had 324 passing yards for 3 touchdowns. Mike Clark/HERALD

Herald Sports Staff

Army (3-6) at Western Kentucky (4-5, 2-4 Conference USA)

KICKOFF: 11 a.m. CT

BROADCAST: CBS Sports Network, 105.3 FM (IMG Sports Network)

ODDS: WKU -10.5 (Vegas Insider)



WKU hopes to become the first non-independent program to sweep military academies Army and Navy in back-to-back seasons since Boston College in the 2000-01 seasons…WKU has won five of its last six games played in November…A WKU win versus Army will place the Hilltoppers one game away from bowl eligibility.


Stopping the triple-option – WKU is 3-0 against the triple-option offense under defensive coordinator Nick Holt. His defenses have held the opponent under 25 points. Army is averaging 298 rushing yards per game ranked as the nation’s fifth best rushing attack. Seven Army rushers have over 100 yards on the ground this season.


Army QB Angel Santiago –

The Black Knights may live by their signature option attack, but the passing game can’t be ignored. Santiago has completed 30-of-58 passes with a touchdown and an interception. However, the quarterback leads Army with eight rushing touchdowns on 146 attempts. Santiago is second on the team with 673 rushing yards.

WKU QB Brandon Doughty –

Doughty notched another mark in the record books against UTEP by surpassing Jeff Cesarone (253) for completed passes in a season with 268. The senior QB has a 67-percent completion percentage on the year with 3,329 passing yards, 28 TDs and eight interceptions.


Saturday will mark Military Appreciation Day at WKU…President Gary Ransdell will tandem jump with the Golden Knights onto the practice field next to the stadium and present the game ball to the official leading up to the coin toss…Army is 0-4 this season on the road.