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Get to Know the 2014 Football Opponents: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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Release: March 05, 2014
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During the next several weeks, ODUSports.com will introduce you to the opponents for the 2014 Monarchs. Following a bye, ODU travels to Western Ketucky for the eighth game of the year.

Game Day
October 25, 2014-Bowling Green, Ky. - Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium

The Quick Facts Western Kentucky
Location: Bowling Green, Ky.
Nickname: Hilltoppers
First Year of Football: 1948
Conference: Conference USA
Head Coach: Jeff Brohm
2013 Record: 8-4, 4-3

About Western Kentucky
Jeff Brohm takes over as head coach for WKU as Bobby Petrino left after one year to return to Louisville.  It will be Brohm’s first head coaching job after being the offensive coordinator in 2012 at UAB and 2013 for the Hilltoppers.  WKU went 8-4 overall and 4-3 in its final season in the Sun Belt.

WKU graduated the Sun Belt Player of the Year in running back Antonio Andrews who rushed for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns.  Leon Allen is the leading returning rusher with 72 attempts for 370 yards and five touchdowns.

The Hilltoppers return starting quarterback Brandon Dought and his backup, Nelson Fishback.  Doughty was 246-of-374 with 2,857 yards, 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.  Fishback completed 13-of-18 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown.

Western Kentucky had the No. 1 defense in the Sun Belt and lost its top five leading tacklers, including Jonathan Dowling and Andrew Jackson, who both attended the 2014 NFL Combine.  Despite losing several key players, WKU returns senior Cam Thomas, who led the team with five interceptions and Gavin Rocker, who had 37 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.

NFL
Quanterus Smith was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.  He became one of four Hilltoppers currently in the NFL, along with Bobby Rainey, who helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl two years ago.

The Game
The Monarchs will travel to Western Kentucky following their first bye of the season.  Once again, this will be the first meeting between ODU and WKU.

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