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They Are Who We Thought They Were: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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.

Notable Alumni

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…”

The Hilltoppers

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.

Last Meeting

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

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

34 Comments for They Are Who We Thought They Were: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

  1. blue-balled old man at work
    1:24 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Drew, where’d that picture go? My iphone accidentally refreshed the page, I’m in the stall on lunch, just need a couple more minutes….mmmmmmmmmm

  2. Blasphemy
    1:31 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    YES!!!! You know Football/Basketball season is back when we have the “They Are Who We Thought They Were.” Wootage! Are you ready fo’ some football!?

  3. macon_volfan
    1:33 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    If UK has any Native Americans on the team, tell them to watch out for Jackson?

  4. WKU student
    1:37 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    I am a WKU student, but this made me laugh.

  5. WildcatfanEastKY
    1:39 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    But some prefer the unofficial motto, “Hey, at least we’re not Eastern,we have way more douchebags”

  6. nybrasky
    1:58 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Surely there’s gotta be a Kige preview video, right?

  7. cats11
    2:00 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    5. Hey, remember when Eastern Kentucky beat Western Kentucky in… anything? Me neither. TOPS.

  8. Matt Jones
    2:01 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Drew kills it

  9. WKUstudentUKfan
    2:02 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    I live with the dude who plays Big Red. I wore my Kentucky jersey all day. Go CATS!

  10. Cobb
    2:05 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Love him or hate him, Andrew Jackson sure nailed that trail of tears thing down pat.

  11. B Stone
    2:08 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Isn’t their motto “Always Remember Yer Worsh Rag!” ?

  12. SexyRexy
    2:18 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Put this picture with the post.

  13. Laker Cat 18
    2:19 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    The TAWWTTW articles are by far the best ones on this site! Nothing like game days!

    On the WKU topic, that IS where UK students go on weekend vacations. We used to go for the women back in the day, not that they were hotter, just easier. Is that inappropriate? LOL

  14. Al's IndiCats
    2:25 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you #12…..I agree 13 these always make me laugh on game day….

  15. Percy Sledge
    2:28 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    I like the part where they portrayed UK as a difficult school to get into.

  16. Bryan
    2:32 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    First of all, the girls at wku are juuuust fine & dandy. And one thing better than uk, 9 times outta 10 they are not some dumb-tard-bitch sorority girl. People go to wku over uk for many reasons. 1) it doesn’t take 2 hours to get to the damn walgreens and back, driving. 2) it’s more quiet, way nicer people/atmosphere and the campus doesn’t look like someone shit all over the grass in the summer. 3) the dorms aren’t dinosaur aged and they all have air conditioning. 4) Greek life actually has meaning there and you learn something from it. And 5) people don’t go to wku just because every one of their friends went there. Ik all this because I went to wku, and now I go to uk lol

  17. Joe in Nashville
    2:33 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Just got back from the Franklin Bowling Alley. The entire Western Kentucky football team is there, and I was not wearing my Kentucky blue.

  18. Epps2Shep
    2:35 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    16) You chose your college based on grass quality? As in, grass on the ground? Not in a bag?

  19. Epps2Shep
    2:38 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    “it’s more quiet, way nicer people/atmosphere and the campus doesn’t look like someone shit all over the grass in the summer.”

    What are you, 80 years old?

  20. Birddog80
    2:58 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    I went to Western because my friends did, I enjoyed it. But it’s not UK. GO CATS!!!

  21. Denimhoodies
    3:01 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    16. Yeah, the precious grass. Just to show how WKU appreciates the fans, two years ago they quit letting people tailgate on the grass because it was ruining the grass. Their precious grass meant more to them than letting the fans have fun and actually attend the games. Does grass not grow back? Gimme a break.
    By the way, how many home games have the Toppers won in that nice new stadium since it was completed two years ago??????????? I’ll tell ya how many-zero. Last game i went to at WKU there weren’t 500 people there. You wanna see fan and school support for a team? Come to commonwealth stadium. Win or lose, it’s near or at capacity every home game, and finding a parking place within a half mile of the stadium is just luck. If UK were to start that “no parking on the precious grass” crap, i can imagine some heads would roll at the office.
    BG-one hour from nashville, Lexington-2.5 hours from Nashville and a different time zone.
    Bet a paycheck you’ll see more Blue than Red tonight. Go Cats.

  22. DJ
    3:12 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Drew, you’re totally wrong about WKU girls. There is a ridiculous amount of really hot chicks that attend the school. I see them every day.

  23. Holden McGroin
    3:13 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Headed to the Ville! (no, the good one south of the border).

  24. TheNewOriginal
    3:15 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    7/ Why don’t you ask your wife and mother?

  25. Holden McGroin
    3:22 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    21. I remember that. If i’m not mistaken, that was either during or following the year WKU didn’t win a game. It was like the school was trying to kill the program by doing that. Crowds were already dwindling, and they they started that “no parking on grass” stuff, and most everyone decided to just stay home. I must have been at the same game, because there was hardly anyone there.

  26. Epps2Shep
    3:33 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Denimhoodies FTW!

  27. Al's IndiCats
    3:49 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Nice grass? You ought to go to a Purdue game, sometimes the Grass (weeds) are so high they’d scratch your hemroids just walking to and from the game if you’re tailgating. You could actually get poison ivy on your privates if you aren’t careful.

  28. IWantToGrowUpToBeTheDrewFranklin
    4:06 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Killin it brah

  29. Robroy
    4:14 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    just passin thru.

  30. TopperFan
    4:34 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    21. I would bet you a paycheck your right blue will greatly out number red, but don’t give me the driving distance balogna! You know as well as I do that WKU is a school with a more local fan base, I won’t argue that fact. UK is the University OF KENTUCKY! If you live in KY and aren’t ignorant enough to be a Louisville fan, or live within a certain distance from a school such as WKU, then you pretty much are a UK fan. Also, Nashville is right near the border of KY and TN so there are numerous amounts of KY fans who live in that area. I know KY fans travel well but 90% of the blue there tonight won’t be out of Lexington.

  31. WKU hilltopper
    5:20 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    It’s pretty funny that you all are arguing about which is better WKU or UK. Obviously UK is better at sports, everyone knows that. WKU has struggled in football the last few years for two reasons: 1. The transfer to D-1A 2. A not-so-great coach who was before Taggart who was in over his head and didn’t recruit D-1A talent. As far as the actual colleges go, they’re probably pretty much the same, except UK is bigger. College is college. On a side note, I like how Drew used the same jokes from last year. Try coming up with new jokes, or are we going to have to see the Louisville Facebook again this year?

  32. Mandy
    6:57 pm September 1, 2011 Permalink

    Drew – when you are old enough to need Viagra (if you don’t already) remember that a WKU alumni was on the research team that invented this drug. One day you can thank her.

  33. UKfanATwku
    4:43 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    With 3:03 left in the third quarter, Ryan Tydlacka kicked his seventh punt, which equalled his high of last season against Mississippi State.
    The Cats had no first downs in the first quarter and didn’t move the chains until less than 12 minutes remained in the half when new quarterback Morgan Newton hit La’Rod King on an 11-yard pass. Newton did not complete any of his five passes in the first quarter, not counting the interception he threw. The first-down pass to King was his first completion in a half that saw him connect on four of 11 passes for 28 yards. He finished with seven completions in 18 attempts for 97 yards. He also threw three interceptions.
    UK’s running game was practically nonexistent. The Cats netted seven yards on 15 first-half running attempts.
    As a UK fan I can say their performance wasn’t any better than a pee wee football game. Knowing that a two year old D-1A school, who has only won two games in the past two years, held UK to such little offense makes me embarrassed to be a UK fan. To brag about beating an obviously less built football team is just retarded.

  34. Robroy
    8:00 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    well, that was fun