White throws for 517 yards as WKU beats Rice 46-14

September 13, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Mike White threw for 517 yards and three touchdowns in his debut as starting quarterback as Western Kentucky opened the season and Conference USA play with a 46-14 drubbing of Rice. White, who was 25 for 31 passing, is only the third quarterback to throw for 500 or more yards in Western Kentucky history.

The Hilltoppers had two receivers top 100 yards in receiving as Taywan Taylor caught five passes for 165 yards and Nicholas Norris hauled in seven for 147 yards and two scores. Western Kentucky, which won its 13th straight conference game, finished with 552 yards passing and 97 rushing, amassing 649 yards while limiting Rice to 288 total yards.

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 WKU head coach Jeff Brohm leads team during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers getting fired up during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 Coin toss during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 Coin toss during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Drew Davis (34) celebrates the safety during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Drew Davis (34) during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)\

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) celebrates after first TD during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) and WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) celebrate during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) and DUPLICATE***Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20)***Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defensive back Nathan Roush (20) during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) celebrates after scoring during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

September 1 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) goes deep during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) goes deep to Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. The Hilltoppers down Rice 46-14 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 1September 1 2016 WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) scores during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 1 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during a football game between the Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)