2009 WKU Hilltoppers football team

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2009 WKU Hilltoppers football
WKU Hilltoppers wordmark.png
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2009 record 0–12 (0–8 SBC)
Head coach David Elson
Offensive coordinator Walter Wells
Defensive coordinator Mike Dietzel
Home stadium Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
(Capacity: 22,113)
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »
2009 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy   8 0         9 4  
Middle Tennessee   7 1         10 3  
Louisiana–Monroe   5 3         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   5 3         5 7  
Louisiana–Lafayette   4 4         6 6  
Arkansas State   3 5         4 8  
FIU   3 5         3 9  
North Texas   1 7         2 10  
WKU   0 8         0 12  
† – Conference champion
As of January 6, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 WKU Hilltoppers football]team represented Western Kentucky University (WKU) during the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was David Elson. WKU was an NCAA Division I FBS independent team in 2008, before their move to the Sun Belt Conference in 2009. 2009 was the first season where the Hilltoppers were eligible for a Sun Belt Conference championship and a postseason bowl game. The Hilltoppers played their home games at Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The Hilltopers were one of only two teams (Eastern Michigan being the other) to finish the 2009 season winless.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 11:21 AM at Tennessee* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN SEC Network L 7–63   98,761[1]
September 12 6:30 PM South Florida* Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, KY Big East Network L 13–35   20,568[2]
September 19 6:00 PM Central Arkansas* Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY L 7–28   17,295[3]
September 26 2:30 PM at Navy* Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBSCS L 22–38   29,009[4]
October 10 6:00 PM Florida International Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY L 20–37   13,574[5]
October 17 6:00 PM Louisiana-Lafayette Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY L 22–30   11,919[6]
October 24 2:30 PM at Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN (100 Miles of Hate) Sun Belt Network L 24–62   17,787[7]
October 31 3:30 PM at North Texas Fouts FieldDenton, TX Sun Belt Network L 49–68   11,214[8]
November 7 4:00 PM Troydagger Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY L 20–40   16,747[9]
November 14 3:00 PM at Louisiana-Monroe Malone StadiumMonroe, LA L 18–21   16,229[10]
November 28 3:00 PM at Florida Atlantic Lockhart StadiumFort Lauderdale, FL L 23–29   14,671[11]
December 3 6:00 PM Arkansas State Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY Sun Belt Network L 20–24   4,513[12]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Coaching change[edit]

On November 9, 2009, David Elson was officially released as WKU's head coach. He remained as head coach until the end of the 2009 season. He was replaced by Stanford's running backs coach Willie Taggart, a Western Kentucky University alumnus.[13]

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