Western Kentucky opened the 2013 season with a momentum-building win against in-state foe Kentucky, giving Bobby Petrino a win in his first game on the sideline since 2011. Eyes turned to Tennessee for the Hilltoppers second game on Saturday.
Western Kentucky got the ball first, moving 55 yards on a drive that ended in a field goal. From there, it was all down hill.
Hilltoppers quarterback Brandon Doughty threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. On the second play of the next possession, Doughty threw another pick six.
The first play from scrimmage resulted in a turnover on next three drives -- Keshawn Simpson fumble, Antonio Andrews fumble and another Doughty interception, giving the Hilltoppers a whopping total of five first-quarter turnovers.
The last team with at least five turnovers in a quarter was Oklahoma State, in the fourth quarter of the 2010 Cotton Bowl against Ole Miss. The game was tied 7-7 in the third quarter, but six fourth quarter turnovers -- including four Zac Robinson interceptions and a fumble returned for a touchdown -- on the way to a 21-7 loss. Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster ran for 182 yards in his final appearance for Houston Nutt's Rebels, but that's another tale for another time.
Western Kentucky added to their issues on the field with a sixth first-half turnover in the second quarter. They trailed Tennessee 31-17 at halftime.