Fresh off defending their conference title, the two-time Conference USA Champion WKU Hilltoppers (10-3) will head south to Florida and accept the invitation from the Boca Raton Bowl, set for Dec. 20, where they will face American Athletic Conference member Memphis (8-4).
“This is a great destination for our team and our fans, and we are thrilled to be playing in the Boca Raton Bowl,” said Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. “A prime time telecast on ESPN and the only college or pro football game the entire day, the Boca Raton Bowl provides terrific exposure and a great opportunity for viewers nationwide to get a first-hand look at the back to back Conference USA champions!”
It will be the third consecutive bowl game for WKU and fourth in the last five years. WKU has reached bowl eligibility in six consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in C-USA and are one of just 17 teams to have bowl victories in 2014 and 2015. It will be the 27th postseason game for the program where the Toppers are 16-10 all-time.
WKU and Memphis have faced just five times (2-2-1) in program history and will meet for the first time since 1956.
Under third-year head coach Jeff Brohm, the Hilltoppers have produced consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in program history and won consecutive conference championships for the first time since 1970-71. They also feature a trio of stars on offense who have tallied career marks together never before seen in college football.
For the first time in FBS history, the Hilltoppers have produced a 4,000-yard career receiver (Taywan Taylor, 4,090 yards), a 3,000-yard receiver (Nicholas Norris, 3,026 yards) and a 3,000-yard rusher (Anthony Wales, 3,097 yards). No team in FBS history has ever had three players active at the same time hit those milestones.
The Hilltoppers again carry an explosive offense into the postseason as they rank No. 2 nationally in scoring offense (45.1), No. 5 in passing offense (336.8), and No. 7 in total offense (517.4). WKU has also been stout up on defense, leading C-USA in scoring defense (24.1) and rush defense (99.1), the fourth-best mark nationally against the run.
Memphis is led by first-year head coach Mike Norvell and rank No. 33 nationally in total offense (461.4) and No. 90 in total defense (442.7).
Tickets for the Boca Raton Bowl can be purchased through the WKU Ticket Office this week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or online at WKUTickets.com. Tickets are $40 and will be allocated by HAF priority rank. The deadline to order tickets will be Thursday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. All orders will be mailed Friday, Dec. 9. Fans that are unable to make the trip to Boca Raton can donate their bowl tickets to local youth organizations to attend the game. All ticket purchases will include a commemorative Boca Raton Bowl ticket. For information, contact the ticket office at 1-800-5-BIGRED.
Fans that have placed a bowl deposit will be called Monday morning to finalize their order. WKU is planning a three-day travel package that will include airfare and two-night stay at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Information will be released to fans as soon as they are finalized on Monday.
Fans looking to book their own stay at the team hotel, Boca Raton Resort and Club, may do so online by clicking HERE. Click “Advance Search” and add group code “BOCABL” to be given a special rate of $199. This discount is available for Dec. 18-21.
Contact: Kyle Neaves, (270) 745-3756