2008 WKU Hilltoppers football team

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2008 WKU Hilltoppers football
WKU Hilltoppers wordmark.png
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
2008 record 2–10 ( Independent)
Head coach David Elson
Offensive coordinator T. J. Weist
Defensive coordinator Kevin Wright
Home stadium Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium (22,113)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Navy           8 5  
Notre Dame           7 6  
Army           3 9  
WKU           2 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 WKU Hilltoppers football team represented Western Kentucky University (WKU) during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was David Elson. WKU competed as an NCAA Division I FBS independent team in 2008 before their move to the Sun Belt Conference in 2009. The Hilltoppers played their home games at Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 11:00 a.m. at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN L 13-31   30,067
September 6 5:00 p.m. at Eastern Kentucky Roy Kidd StadiumRichmond, KY W 37-13   18,500
September 13 6:00 p.m. at #11 Alabama Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL PPV L 7-41   92,138
September 20 6:00 p.m. Murray State Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, KY W 50-9   22,297
September 27 6:00 p.m. at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY WKYT L 41-3   70,731
October 4 12:30 p.m. at #20 Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA L 13-27   66,233
October 11 6:00 p.m. #25 Ball Statedagger Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY L 7-24   16,319
October 18 6:00 p.m. Florida Atlantic Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY L 20-24   14,171
November 1 3:30 p.m. North Texasdagger Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY Sun Belt Network L 40-51   18,879
November 8 2:30 p.m. at Troy Movie Gallery Veterans StadiumTroy, AL Sun Belt Network L 7-17   19,066
November 15 12:00 p.m. Middle Tennessee Houchens Industries - L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY (100 Miles of Hate) Sun Belt Network L 10-21   11,817
December 6 6:00 p.m. at Florida International FIU StadiumMIami, FL L 3-27   9,405
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Alma mater
David Elson Head Coach Butler 1994
Mike Chism Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends Kentucky 1990
Mike Dietzel Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers Otterbein 1985
Stuart Holt Running Backs North Carolina 1995
Cary Marquell Inside Linebackers Ball State 1996
Erik Mathies Defensive Line Murray State 1998
Travaris Robinson Defensive Backs Auburn 2007
T.J. Weist Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator Alabama 1988
Kevin Wright Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks WKU 1987
Walter Wells Running Game Coordinator Belmont 1993
Jami DeBerry Graduate assistant WKU 2005
Jamison Link Student assistant
Nick Uhlenhopp Director of operations Graceland 2002
Mark Harris Dir. of equipment and facility operations
Jim Nowell Dir. of strength & conditioning Southern Miss 1990
Duane Hall Strength & conditioning assistant WKU 1997
Chris Zuccaro Video coordinator Ole Miss 2004

Game notes[edit]

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 0 6 7 13
Hoosiers 10 7 7 7 31

Eastern Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 7 9 7 14 37
Colonels 3 10 0 0 13

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 7 0 0 7
#11 Crimson Tide 17 14 10 0 41

Murray State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Racers 0 6 3 0 9
Hilltoppers 10 17 16 7 50

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 3 0 0 3
Wildcats 3 14 14 10 41

Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 3 3 7 13
#20 Hokies 10 10 7 0 27

Ball St[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Cardinals 0 7 7 10 24
Hilltoppers 0 0 0 7 7

Florida Atlantic[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 21 0 3 24
Hilltoppers 3 14 3 0 20

North Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 21 3 7 20 51
Hilltoppers 14 0 20 6 40

Troy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 0 7 0 7
Trojans 7 7 3 0 17

Middle Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 7 7 0 7 21
Hilltoppers 0 3 0 7 10

Florida International[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 3 0 0 0 3
Golden Panthers 0 7 6 14 27