Western Kentucky, who is 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in Conference USA, is looking for the offense to execute to hold off the pass rushing defense of the Ball State Cardinals.
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 process.
“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.”
This Saturday’s game will be on Stadium and here is how to watch:
In the team’s final game before a bye week, WKU Football takes on Ball State on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. CT. The contest will be broadcasted on Stadium, a streaming digital sports network (formerly 120 Sports and Campus Insiders).
Ron Thulin will do play-by-play and Max Starks, two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be the in-game analyst for the non-conference matchup.
Hilltopper fans can stream the game for FREE, directly on www.WatchStadium.com or Twitter, or locate the game in one of the television clearances in the attachment posted above. In Nashville, WNAB-2, WUXP, WKUW-LD-3 will televise the game, while overall it will be available on 81 networks in 36 states across the United States.