BOWLING GREEN, KY (Courier-Journal) - The news keeps getting worse for Western Kentucky University's football team.
Two days after the most humbling defeat of the Willie Taggart era, the coach announced Monday that redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Doughty and junior wide receiver Marcus Vasquez are likely done for the season with knee-ligament injuries.
Both were hurt during WKU's 44-16 home loss to Indiana State. Doughty made his first career start but lasted just three plays. Vasquez, the team's top wide receiver (11 catches for 134 yards and a TD), was injured on the last offensive play. "Those guys are going to get MRIs on their knees, but chances are they are done for the year," Taggart said.
This is the latest bad break for WKU (0-3), which owns the nation's longest home losing streak at 17. WKU was favored to snap that skid on Saturday against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent it had beaten 12 straight times. Instead the Hilltoppers were routed at home for the second straight week. Taggart is 2-13 since taking over his alma mater in 2010.