WKU v LA Tech: Game Preview

WKU Insider provides a closer at Thursday nights game between the Hilltoppers and Louisiana Tech

Western Kentucky v Louisiana Tech

Date: Sept. 10, 2015
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Houchins-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Ky
Television: Fox Sports 1

Thursday night's match-up between Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech brings the two division preseason favorites in Conference USA for a key meeting in just week two.

About WKU & LA Tech

  • WKU faces the last team to beat them in the Bulldogs of LA Tech this week. The 59-10 loss in Ruston was WKU’s worst conference loss in program history but spurred WKU on to a season-ending five-game winning streak.
  • LA Tech visits Bowling Green for the first time since 1939, the first game between the two schools. WKU won that match up 20-7 but the Bulldogs have taken the last three games in the series, all away from The Hill.
  • LA Tech leads the series, 3-1, outscoring the Hilltoppers 107-36 in those four meetings.
  • Louisiana Tech all-time has a 4-1 record against teams from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. That includes a 3-1 record against Western Kentucky including a 34-0 win in the 1973 National Championship game.
  • Louisiana Tech’s defense has gone 10 consecutive games with an interception, dating back to the 2014 season. Last time Tech didn’t have an INT was Sept. 27, 2014 at #5/5 Auburn.
  • WKU is looking to start 2-0 for the first time since 2005.
  • Brandon Doughty is 298 yards away from vaulting all the way into second place all-time in career yards on The Hill.

For LA Tech to win

  • Louisiana Tech needs another great game from Florida transfer Jeff Driskel at quarterback.  He posted an impressive passing efficiency in his opening game as a Bulldog. Driskel’s efficiency of 321.44 currently leads the nation. That number is higher than any quarterback threw in any single game last season.
  • The defense must try to duplicate its effectiveness against the Hilltoppers last season.  LA Tech totaled four interceptions and eight pass break ups, as well as two sacks and four quarterback hurries in the win.

For WKU to win

  • Protection is key.  Quarterback Brandon Doughty must have time to make his progressions. 
  • Improved defense must continue.  While LA Tech is likely to be more effective finding the end zone than Vanderbilt in week one, the Hilltoppers defense must limit their opportunities.

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