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1) Offensive line: As well as the offensive line has played recently, they were due for a dropoff--but not a dropoff THIS far. WKU set a season-low in line yards per carry against UTEP at 2.17, and their second-worst opportunity rate of the season at 36 percent. WKU also got stuffed at the line of scrimmage for 0 or negative yardage in 5 of 14 running back carries, a season-worst 36 percent rate.
2) Running backs: While the running backs couldn't get anything going on the ground, they still contributed to the win in other ways. Leon Allen got a season high 10 targets from quarterback Brandon Doughty, catching 8 of those for 88 yards--an efficient 80 percent catch rate and an 8.8 yards per target average. Anthony Wales was still injured against the Miners, but should be back in-action against Army.
3) Receivers: No real standout receiver performances against UTEP, but important to note that Antwane Grant is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game against Army. Grant is second on the team in targets this year with 58, trailing only Jared Dangerfield (62).