Tops Roll Past Mean Green 45-7

November 14, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Mike White threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns and Western Kentucky rolled to a 45-7 victory over North Texas on Saturday.

Western Kentucky (8-3, 6-1) held the Mean Green (4-5, 2-4) to 232 total yards of offense, just 55 in the first half, and didn't give up a score until the game was well out of reach.

The defending Conference USA champion Hilltoppers won their fifth straight and control the race for the conference's East Division title. The Hilltoppers can lock a spot in the conference championship game with a win at Marshall on Nov. 26.

 

WKU Hilltoppers during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Hornets vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA MBB 2016: Hornets vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU head coach Jeff Brohm during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU head coach Jeff Brohm leads the team onto the field during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Hornets vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA MBB 2016: Hornets vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers coin toss during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

WKU Hilltoppers defensive line Nick Dawson-Brents (12) and WKU Hilltoppers defensive back Branden Leston (31) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers defensive back Joe Brown (7) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers defensive line Nick Dawson-Brents (12) and WKU Hilltoppers defensive back Branden Leston (31) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive back Joe Brown (7) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Nick Dawson-Brents (12) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Nick Dawson-Brents (12) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Omarius Bryant (9) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Omarius Bryant (9) fights the block of North Texas Mean Green offensive line T.J. Henson (53) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU head coach Jeff Brohm during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

WKU head coach Jeff Brohm during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU defensive coordinator Nick Holt during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

WKU defensive coordinator Nick Holt  during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) makes 24yd touchdown catch from WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Chris Johnson (3) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Chris Johnson (3) tackles North Texas running back Willy Ivery (29) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA FOOTBALL: Mean Green vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers tight end Deon Yelder (19) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers tight end Deon Yelder (19) just misses the block on a field goal during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Hornets vs Hilltoppers NOV 12NCAA MBB 2016: Hornets vs Hilltoppers NOV 12WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) celebrates with the fans during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)