A full week of practices for WKU Football closed Thursday evening at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium as the Hilltoppers wrapped up their preparation for Saturday’s homecoming showdown with Conference USA foe UTEP.
Saturday will mark WKU’s 83rd homecoming game on the Hill and at halftime, Dan King, Darnell Mee, Lee Murray and Chris Price will be inducted into the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Hilltoppers look to get back to their winning ways against a Miner team that rides a three-game winning streak into the matchup. WKU has put on offensive shows in all of its home games so far this season, averaging 54.7 points per game while churning out an average of 604 yards per game at Smith Stadium.
With a quarter of the season left and the Tops sitting at 3-5, head coach Jeff Brohm knows it’s time for WKU to get things rolling in the right direction if it wants to play in the postseason.
“We’ve told these guys it’s a playoff mentality. We’ve got to win this football game. Bottom line,” Brohm told the local media Thursday. “We’re here in front of our home fans. We have to get back to playing Hilltopper Football – physical, fast, making plays, doing everything right and having fun doing it.”
Brohm also said that with Saturday’s game being homecoming, it adds more incentive in addition to the win now mindset.
“That’s huge motivation,” said Brohm. “We know there are going to be people here that support the program and went to school here that are with family and friends and want to have a good time. In order to do that, we have to put on a show and perform well.”
WKU certainly has disappointed the home crowd with point production this season as it has scored 164 points in three home games in 2014. The Tops will have their hands full with a UTEP defense that has only allowed 14 points in its last two outings.
Saturday’s homecoming kickoff against UTEP is set for 3 p.m. (CT) at Smith Stadium. Fans are asked to wear red to the game and the first 1,000 fans to the game will receive free WKU foam fingers.