Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University was named one of the Top 25 Universities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2009. WKU is a reputable, highly regarded, illustrious public university for students who can’t get into UK. The beautiful Bowling Green campus often serves as a weekend vacation spot for University of Kentucky students looking to go somewhere to remind them how much better Lexington is.
Motto: “The Spirit makes the Master”
But some prefer the unofficial motto, “Hey, at least we’re not Eastern”
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
The city of Bowling Green was officially incorporated by the state of Kentucky on March 6, 1798. Today, it is the third-most populous city in the state behind Louisville and Lexington. Its population is just under 60,000 people – all of whom either have, or know someone who has, worked at the Fruit of the Loom factory.
Bowling Green is home to the National Corvette Museum and the GM Corvette Plant, where all Chevrolet Corvettes have been manufactured since 1981. The city is also near Dinosaur World. Don’t act like you haven’t driven past the big dinosaur on 65. You know what I’m talking about.
Little known fact: Early records indicate the city was spelled Bolin Green.
John Carpenter – American horror film director whose filmography includes the Halloween series and The Human Centipede. — Oh, he didn’t do The Human Centipede? Well, it sounded good.
Nappy Roots – Them country boys on the rise with them big fat wheels on the side.
Evan Daniels – The only man who can make chasing high school boys around the country seem cool.
Romeo Crennel – Former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and current defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kenny Perry – The highest all-time PGA Tour money winner without a major championship
Bryan The Intern – Your favorite KSR writer for the 9:00 AM timeslot.
Cheerleader Scouting Report
“Arrrrrittteee You-Tube ‘vures…”
In 1906, Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry set out to create the Commonwealth’s first “Fat Chick-Free” public university. Dr. Cherry did so by strategically situating WKU’s campus on an enormous hill with student housing located at the bottom of the hill and the classroom buildings at the top. Students were named “Hilltoppers” because they would have to “top the hill” each day to attend class. Unfortunately for Dr. Cherry and his dream, by the looks of Western’s student body, most girls don’t attend class.
Official Mascot: “Big Red”
According to WKU’s website, Big Red was born in the fall of 1979 and his signature moves are the belly slide and belly shake. So there ya go.
Kentucky led 42-14 at the half and went on to defeat Western Kentucky 63-28 on September 11th, 2010 at Commonwealth Stadium. Mike Hartline completed 16 of 20 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Randall Cobb caught five passes for 98 yards and a score, and returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown. Raymond Sanders added two late rushing touchdowns to pad the score. For Western Kentucky, Bobby Rainey ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
Key Players to Watch
#3 Bobby Rainey, RB
(340 carries, 1649 yards, 15 TDs last season)
Only one player rushed for more yards against Kentucky last season than Bobby Rainey. If you don’t count college players who accepted $180,000 to go to school, then Bobby Rainey did rush for the most yards against Kentucky last season. Rainey carried the ball more times than anyone in the country last season and he ranked third in the nation in rush yards per game, while representing 50% of Western’s total offense on the year. So basically, he’s like the Chris Johnson of the Sun Belt Conference but without the dreadlocks, tourette syndrome, and contract holdout.
#6 Kawaun Jakes, QB
(149-291, 1680 yards, 10 TDs, 6 INTs last season)
Kawaun (pronounced Ka-Waun) Jakes is a very intelligent quarterback as evident by his decision to attend Western over Louisville. The junior signal-caller struggled last season in Coach Taggert’s West Coast offense. This season, he’ll try to improve his accuracy against Kentucky, and then I don’t really care what he does after that.
#4 Andrew Jackson, LB
(7th President of the United States)
Sophomore linebacker Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson saw action in only one game last season for the Hilltoppers. However, he has made big plays off the field throughout his whole career. Some of his accomplishments include commanding the American forces at the Battle of New Orleans and serving as President of the United States. Jackson will start at middle linebacker against Kentucky. Martin Van Buren will serve as his backup.
Big Blue Nation is going to flood the streets of Nashville. That’s all that matters, really.
Kentucky 38, Western Kentucky 17