Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews is looking for a big night in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl on Wednesday night against Central Michigan in hopes of breaking Barry Sanders’ single-season all-purpose yardage record. Andrews is 273 yards shy of Sanders’ mark of 3,250 yards set at Oklahoma State in 1988.
A former star at Fort Campbell High School, Andrews gained 233 all-purpose yards in WKU’s 33-32 overtime win at Kentucky in September. He rushed for 125 yards, caught three passes for 36 yards and had 72 return yards.
It’s the Hilltoppers’ first bowl game since joining the FCS. The 7-5 Toppers meet the 6-6 Chippewas and will be coached by defensive coordinator Lance Guidry, who been interim coach since Willie Taggart took the head coaching job at South Florida, replacing the fired Skip Holtz.
Bobby Petrino has been named as Taggart’s successor, of course. The former Louisville and Arkansas coach is still putting together his first WKU staff.
Central Michigan will be without three receivers Wednesday night who have been suspended for the bowl game. One is Titus Davis, the team’s leading receiver, who has 860 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Uniform alert: Western Kentucky will wear special gray uniforms for Wednesday night’s game, which is being shown at 7:30 on ESPN.