College football returned this weekend and the WKU Hilltoppers were back in action with a new head coach and renewed an old rivalry.
The two-time defending Conference USA champs took a 17-point lead early in Mike Sanford's head coaching debut.
But they would have to hold off two unanswered scores by the colonels in the second half to seal the home victory 31 to 17.
Senior quarterback Mike White threw for 264 yards and a touchdown for the win.
This week, the toppers will travel to Champaign, Illinois to battle the Fighting Illini, that game kicks off at 7 pm on Saturday.
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