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2012 WKU Hilltoppers football team

The 2012 WKU Hilltoppers football team represented Western Kentucky University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Willie Taggart and played their home games at Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium. They were a member of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in Sun Belt play to finish in fifth place. They were invited to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, their first bowl appearance since joining FBS in 2007, where they were defeated by Central Michigan.

2012 WKU Hilltoppers football
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ConferenceSun Belt Conference
2012 record7–6 (4–4 Sun Belt)
Head coachWillie Taggart (regular season)
Lance Guidry (bowl game)
Defensive coordinatorLance Guidry
Home stadiumHouchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
(Capacity: 22,113)
Seasons
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2012 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Arkansas State $   7 1         10 3  
Louisiana–Monroe   6 2         8 5  
Middle Tennessee   6 2         8 4  
Louisiana–Lafayette**   4 2         5 4  
WKU   4 4         7 6  
Troy   3 5         5 7  
North Texas   3 5         4 8  
Florida Atlantic   2 6         3 9  
FIU   2 6         3 9  
South Alabama*   1 7         2 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • South Alabama not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of their transition to the FBS.
    **Louisiana–Lafayette vacated 4 wins due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll

After a three-year record of 16–20, head coach Willie Taggart resigned in December to become the head coach at South Florida. Defensive coordinator Lance Guidry coached the Hilltoppers in Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Bobby Petrino was hired as the school's new head coach on December 10, 2012.

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 p.m.Austin Peay*ESPN3W 49–1016,327
September 83:30 p.m.at No. 1 Alabama*SECNL 0–35101,821
September 156:00 p.m.at Kentucky*ESPNUW 32–31 OT53,980
September 226:00 p.m.Southern Miss*
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
ESPN3W 42–1723,252
September 296:00 p.m.at Arkansas StateESPN3W 26–1325,160
October 116:30 p.m.at TroyESPNUW 31–2616,426
October 203:00 p.m.Louisiana–Monroe
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
ESPN3L 42–43 OT22,323
October 276:00 p.m.at FIUESPN3W 14–612,842
November 18:15 p.m.Middle Tennessee
ESPNUL 29–3417,327
November 1012:00 p.m.Florida Atlantic
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
SBN/CSSL 28–3714,185
November 176:00 p.m.at Louisiana–LafayetteESPN3L 27–3120,314
November 2412:00 p.m.North Texas
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
SBN/CSSW 25–2411,074
December 266:30 p.m.vs. Central Michigan*ESPNL 21–2423,310

Game summariesEdit

Austin PeayEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Governors 9 9 7 3 28
Hilltoppers 14 21 7 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–6–1 2006 WKU, 24–14

@ AlabamaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 0 0 0 0
#1 Crimson Tide 14 7 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2008 ALB, 41–7

@ KentuckyEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Hilltoppers 3 14 7 08 32
Wildcats 0 10 7 77 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2011 UK, 14–3

The win over the Wildcats of the SEC marks the Hilltoppers first ever win over a team from a Bowl Championship Series conference..

Southern MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 0 3 7 7 17
Hilltoppers 14 7 21 0 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

@ Arkansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 0 14 12 26
Red Wolves 3 10 0 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3–1 2011 ARST, 26–22

@ TroyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 7 7 14 3 31
Trojans 10 7 9 0 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–8–1 2011 WKU, 41–18

Louisiana–MonroeEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Warhawks 0 21 0 148 43
Hilltoppers 7 21 0 77 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 2011 WKU, 31–28

@ FIUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 7 0 0 7 14
Panthers 3 0 0 3 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2011 WKU, 10–9

Middle TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 10 7 7 10 34
Hilltoppers 7 10 7 5 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–31–1 2011 WKU, 36–33

Florida AtlanticEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 14 7 16 37
Hilltoppers 7 7 0 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2011 WKU, 20–0

@ Louisiana–LafayetteEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 10 3 14 27
Ragin' Cajuns 0 10 7 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2011 WKU, 42–23

North TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 7 10 7 0 24
Hilltoppers 7 3 0 15 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 2011 WKU, 31–21

Central Michigan–Little Caesars Pizza BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
HIlltoppers 7 7 7 0 21
Chippewas 14 3 0 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

This will be the Hilltoppers first bowl game since becoming a member of the FBS in 2007.

ReferencesEdit