North Texas at Western Kentucky, 2 p.m. – Houchens-Smith Stadium

30 10 2010

This has easily been the most entertaining series for WKU football since the 2007 transition.

2007 in Denton: WKU takes a 20-7 lead before halftime and proceeds to do “the bomb” in the endzone. UNT storms all the way back in a driving rain monsoon in the 2nd half behind Jamario Thomas, eventually going up 27-26. WKU has one last chance, but standout kicker Chris James pushes a 38-yarder to the right – resulting in the entire Mean Green team to circle at mid-field and do their rendition of “the bomb,” beginning a shoving match between both sides after the final horn blew.

2008 in Bowling Green: WKU comes all the way back from a 31-14 second-half deficit to take a 40-39 edge with under five minutes to play on homecoming. The Hilltoppers then ACTUALLY get the ball back with a chance to eat clock, but former WKU quarterback David Wolke gets picked, the Mean Green return it to the WKU 19 and eventually strike again to take a 45-40 lead with 2:27 to play. Wolke wasn’t done, however, as he uses a huge kick return by Stephen Willis to get WKU all the way down to the UNT one-yard line with 14 seconds remaining.

Former coach David Elson and former offensive coordinator Kevin Wright opt not to put Wolke under center, the quarterback takes a shotgun snap, attempts a play-action fake, gets blasted by an unblocked UNT blitzer and throws an interception to Mean Green linebacker Tobe Nwigwe that was returned 97 yards for a touchdown on the game’s final play. Elson would later say the call was “100 percent on him,” as WKU would lose 51-40.

2009 in Denton: Maybe the most ridiculous in all of these three – WKU needed just one stop defensively, just one.

But it never came.

The Hilltoppers and Mean Green combined for 1,008 yards, five ties and 16 touchdowns in a game that would make the creators of Tecmo Bowl blush.

WKU held a 35-21 first-half lead in this one, but like the other two meetings, wouldn’t hang on.

North Texas would go on to outscore WKU 47-14 the rest of the way to win 68-49.

The lasting image for me was the fact that UNT very well could have broken the 70-point mark in this one, but quarterback Riley Dodge eventually lined up in the ‘victory formation’ deep in WKU territory.

And true to form in this crazy, wild rivalry – he did so out of the shotgun.

2010 in Bowling Green: ????

– If I was going to get to one game at home this season, this one might be it. It’s Halloween, it’s North Texas, God only knows what might happen.

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