2016 WKU Hilltoppers football team

The 2016 WKU Hilltoppers football team represented Western Kentucky University (WKU) in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Hilltoppers played their home games at the Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and competed in the East Division of Conference USA (C–USA). They were led by third year head coach Jeff Brohm. They finished the season 11–3, 7–1 in C-USA play to win a share of the East Division title with Old Dominion. Due to their head-to-head victory over Old Dominion, WKU represented the East Division in the Conference USA Championship Game where they defeated Louisiana Tech to be crowned C-USA champions. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they defeated Memphis.

2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football
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C-USA champion
C-USA East Division co-champion
Boca Raton Bowl champion
Boca Raton Bowl, W 51–31 vs. Memphis
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 23
2016 record11–3 (7–1 C-USA)
Head coachJeff Brohm (regular season, 3rd as HC; 4th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinatorBrian Brohm (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorTony Levine (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorNick Holt
(interim HC during bowl, 4th year as DC)
Home stadiumHouchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
(Capacity: 22,113)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Western Kentucky xy$   7 1         11 3  
Old Dominion x   7 1         10 3  
Middle Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
FIU   4 4         4 8  
Charlotte   3 5         4 8  
Marshall   2 6         3 9  
Florida Atlantic   2 6         3 9  
West Division
Louisiana Tech xy   6 2         9 5  
UTSA   5 3         6 7  
Southern Miss   4 4         7 6  
North Texas   3 5         5 8  
Rice   2 6         3 9  
UTEP   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Western Kentucky 58, Louisiana Tech 44
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

On December 5, head coach Jeff Brohm resigned to become the head coach at Purdue.[1] He finished at WKU with a record of 30–10, two bowl wins, and two C-USA titles. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt lead WKU in the Boca Raton Bowl.

ScheduleEdit

Western Kentucky announced its 2016 football schedule on February 4, 2016. The 2016 schedule consists of 6 home and away games in the regular season. The Hilltoppers will host C–USA foes Florida International (FIU), North Texas, Old Dominion, and Rice, and will travel to Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, and Middle Tennessee.[2]

The team will play four non–conference games, two home games against Houston Baptist from the Southland Conference and Vanderbilt from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and two road games against Alabama from the SEC as well and Miami (Ohio) from the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 p.m.RiceCBSSNW 46–1419,286
September 102:30 p.m.at No. 1 Alabama*ESPN2L 10–38101,821
September 172:30 p.m.at Miami (OH)*ESPN3W 31–2419,822
September 243:30 p.m.Vanderbilt*
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, KY
CBSSNL 30–31 OT23,674
October 16:00 p.m.Houston Baptist*
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, KY
CUSA.tvW 50–317,331
October 67:00 p.m.at Louisiana TechCBSSNL 52–5517,978
October 151:30 p.m.at Middle TennesseeESPN3W 44–43 2OT22,411
October 226:00 p.m.Old Dominion
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, KY
ASNW 59–2418,676
October 292:30 p.m.at Florida AtlanticASNW 52–39,338
November 54:30 p.m.FIU
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, KY
beINW 49–2115,516
November 122:30 p.m.North Texas
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, KY
ESPN3W 45–716,239
November 266:00 p.m.at MarshallESPNUW 60–617,397
December 311:00 a.m.Louisiana Tech
ESPNW 58–4413,213
December 206:00 p.m.vs. Memphis*
ESPNW 51–3124,726
Schedule Source:[3]

Game summariesEdit

RiceEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 7 7 0 14
Hilltoppers 16 14 6 10 46
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 WKU, 49–10

at AlabamaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 3 0 0 7 10
#1 Crimson Tide 10 7 7 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2012 BAMA, 35–0

at Miami (OH)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 14 10 7 31
RedHawks 0 3 14 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 WKU, 56–14

VanderbiltEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Commodores 0 7 7 107 31
Hilltoppers 7 7 0 106 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2015 WKU, 14–12

Houston BaptistEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 3 0 0 0 3
Hilltoppers 14 16 20 0 50
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Louisiana TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 14 10 7 21 52
Bulldogs 21 14 17 3 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2015 WKU, 41–38

at Middle TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4OT2OT Total
Hilltoppers 3 17 7 377 44
Blue Raiders 3 17 0 1076 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–33–1 2015 WKU, 58–28

Old DominionEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Monarchs 0 14 10 0 24
Hilltoppers 21 31 0 7 59
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2015 WKU, 55–30

at Florida AtlanticEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 14 10 14 14 52
Owls 0 3 0 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–5 2015 WKU, 35–19

FIUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 0 14 21
Hilltoppers 14 21 14 0 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 2015 WKU, 63–7

North TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 0 7 0 7
Hilltoppers 17 14 14 0 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2015 WKU, 55–28

at MarshallEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 28 13 9 10 60
Thundering Herd 0 0 6 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2015 WKU, 49–28

vs. Louisiana Tech–C-USA Championship GameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 17 10 14 3 44
Hilltoppers 24 14 10 10 58
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 10/6/16 LT, 55–52

vs. Memphis–Boca Raton BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 10 7 7 7 31
Hilltoppers 14 14 16 7 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2–1 1956 MEM, 42–0

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV NR NR RV RV 
Coaches RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 23 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/bigten/2016/12/05/jeff-brohm-western-kentucky-purdue-coaching-vacancy/94993570/
  2. ^ "WKU Announces 2016 Football Schedule" (Press release). [Western Kentucky University Department of Athletics. February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "2016 WKU Hilltoppers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 8, 2016.