Statistical breakdown: WKU-Alabama

September, 7, 2012
WKU 2011 statistical leaders
Passing: Kawaun Jakes threw for 1,854 yards, 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions
Rushing: Jakes was second on the team with 161 yards rushing. Running back Bobby Rainey, who ran for 1,695 yards, graduated last season. Keshawn Simpson is their most experienced tailback. He ran for 134 yards on 32 carries in 2011.
Receiving: Jack Doyle led the team with 52 receptions for 614 yards. He averaged 11.8 yards per catch and had no touchdown receptions.
Tackling: Linebacker Andrew Jackson had a whopping 109 tackles in 2011, 17 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and an interception.
Interceptions: Young Kiante had two interceptions from the safety position. WKU lost its two leading defensive backs who combined for seven interceptions in 2011.
Punting: Hendrix Brakefield averaged 41.6 yards per punt, 24 landing inside the 20-yard line.
Kicking: Jesse Roy had just one touchback in 2011. He was 2-for-6 on field goal attempts, 1-of-3 from 40-49. He did not attempt a kick longer than 50 yards.

WKU head coaching file
Willie Taggart
Born: August 27, 1976
1999: WKU (Wide Receivers)
2000: WKU (Quarterbacks)
2001-02: WKU (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
2003-06: WKU (Assistant Head Coach / Quarterbacks)
2007-09: Stanford (Running Backs)
2010-present: WKU (Head Coach)
Playing Experience: Quarterback at WKU (1994-98)

WKU Alabama
Offensive style West coast Pro style
Base defense four-three three-four
2011 record seven-five 12-one
Note: All seven of WKU's wins came in Sun Belt play. The Hilltoppers are a veteran team, returning 48 of 58 lettermen from a year ago, including 16 starters. WKU is 0-17 against the SEC in school history.
WKU Alabama
PPG 22.9 34.8
Run-Pass % 64.4-35.6 58.8-41.2
Yds. per play 5.0 6.5
Pass yards 2,008 2,797
Rush yards 2,179 2,788
Turnovers 23 12
Note: Western Kentucky threw the ball 41 percent of the time against Austin Peay in Week 1, completing 20 of 27 passes for four touchdowns and an interception. Conversely, Alabama threw the ball 33 percent of the time against Michigan, connecting on 11 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions.
WKU Alabama
PPG 24.8 8.2
Yds. per play 5.9 3.3
Pass yards 2,867 1,449
Rush yards 1,618 938
Sacks 27 30
INT 13 13
Turnovers 20 20
Note: Western Kentucky gave up just 10 to Austin Peay. The Hilltoppers surrendered just 154 total yards of offense and seven first downs. WKU had two sacks and two interceptions in the game.




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