Western Kentucky's average time of possession per game is over 33 minutes and they have had the ball longer than their opponent in every game this season.
WKU head coach Wille Taggart's style is influenced by his time as a running backs coach at Stanford. When asked this summer about the influence from Stanford on the Western Kentucky football program, Taggart responded with, “I got the blue prints.”
The only loss for the Hilltoppers this season came against the number one Alabama Crimson Tide. Western Kentucky defeated the SEC's Kentucky Wildcats 32-31 in overtime and have won two straight Sun Belt conference match ups as part of their four consecutive victories. Dating back to last season, the Hilltoppers have won 12 of their last 14 games with the only two losses coming against LSU and previously mentioned Alabama.
On the Monday after WKU's win over Kentucky, Taggart said, "We want everyone to know our name. Right now, everyone doesn't know [our name]. We are not in the top 25, so it's not good enough. We have to continue to work. At the end of the season, we want everyone to know who we are and what we are about. Right now, we are on schedule to do what we set out to do."
For the Sun Belt conference as a whole, they have made some strides this season in college football with some key non-conference wins. The conference has boasted two wins against SEC programs and another versus an ACC school.
Date, Opponent, WKU Time, Opponent Time
Sept 1 Austin Peay 32:53, 27:07
Sept 8 at Alabama 32:28, 27:32
Sept 15 at Kentucky 36:07, 23:53
Sept 22 Southern Miss 35:42, 24:18
Sept 29 at Arkansas State 30:22, 29:38
Oct 11 at Troy 33:32, 26:28
Average time of possession: 33 mins 34 secs
WKU Coach Willie Taggart (14-16) at Sun Belt Media Day
Tight end Jack Doyle 5 receptions & 1 TD against Troy.