BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Heading into a Week 4 matchup against Ball State, WKU Football
has the opportunity to make further strides in executing the offense. Coordinator
Junior Adams and quarterback Mike White are intent on doing just that.
A key to being successful against the Cardinals’ defense will be neutralizing the
nation’s most productive pass rusher. Senior Anthony Winbush leads all of FBS with
6.5 sacks through the first three games. He had 3.0 in the opener at Illinois, 1.5
vs. UAB and then 2.0 last week vs. Tennessee Tech, forcing three fumbles in the
“Pass protection is important every week, to keep our quarterback clean,” Adams
said. “They have a good defensive end who we know about. But part of it isn’t just
the front, it’s the running backs helping out and the wide receivers getting where
they’re supposed to be when they’re supposed to be there. It takes all 11 guys.”
White agreed, “It’s a group effort, we definitely aren’t pointing fingers at anyone.
It’s something we have to get better at as an offense … We’re working their butts
off every single day. We’re not taking a rep off in practice. We want to get better
and we’re working really hard to get there.”
After season lows of seven points on 238 yards at Illinois on Sept. 9, the
Hilltoppers posted season highs of 151 rushing yards and 377 total yards against
Louisiana Tech. Through the air specifically, White completed a season-high 71.4
percent (25-of-35) passes.
Also, The Hilltoppers had a 34-to-26 edge in time of possession, the first time they
had won that battle through the first three games. Overall this year, 6-of-8
touchdown drives for WKU have elapsed at least 3:30, while 4-of-8 have gone over 70
“We want to control time of possession, especially by running the ball and putting
together long drives,” Adams said. “We pride ourselves on that and it keeps the
defense off the field.”
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