The rout was on from almost the very beginning.
WKU's highly touted offense sputtered mightily in the first half, as 5 of 10 drives didn't earn a single first down, and a sixth ended with an interception.
“We knew it was gonna be a challenge for us, it was gonna be one of the better teams we played, especially on defense," WKU head coach Jeff Brohm said. "First and second downs, they didn’t do anything really exotic.
"They pressed us, got up in our face, put an extra guy in the box and we weren’t able to run the ball. When we did try to throw we weren’t able to beat press coverage.
"Quarterback didn’t play as well as he normally had also. But when you put a lot of pressure on the passing game every week, you’re gonna have games where you’re not executing up to par. Then on third downs they brought the blitz and we couldn’t get it picked up well and just didn’t play well at all on offense.”
In the first half alone, Louisiana Tech utilized a variety of blitzes to earn 6 six tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and 6 pass breakups in 45 plays defensed--wrecking "Havoc" in almost 1 of every 3 WKU plays.
"Credit to Louisiana Tech," senior tackle Cameron Clemmons said. "They schemed us up well and it just seemed like everything we tried they found a way to beat us."
WKU hoped to turn things around in the second half, but Louisiana Tech received first, and quickly scored on a 10-play, 86-yard touchdown drive to take a 38-10 lead with 11:40 left in the third.
Freshman Kylen Towner fumbled the following kick return, the Bulldogs recovered at the WKU 19, then scored another quick touchdown in 5 plays, punctuated by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Cody Sokol to Trent Taylor on second-and-goal.
With the Bulldogs now leading 45-10 with 8:23 left in the third quarter, the rest of the game was essentially a wash.
Senior quarterback Brandon Doughty had his worst outing of the season, finishing 14-for-35 passing for 134 yards, a touchdown, and four interceptions.
Junior Leon Allen led the Tops in rushing with 76 yards on 14 carries.
At 3-5 overall, WKU still has a shot at bowl eligibility, with two of the easiest games on their schedule--UTEP and Army--coming up at home.
“It is what it is," Clemmons said. "We don’t get too high after wins and too low after losses.
"We got beat, simple as that. But everything that we wanna do is still ahead of us. We still can get to a bowl and we have a great opportunity these next three football games to get our confidence back.
"We got homecoming next week and I’ll make sure we bounce back against UTEP.”