Western Kentucky returns to Conference USA play this weekend as the Hilltoppers travel to Norfolk, Va, for a Saturday afternoon contest against Old Dominion.
The Hilltoppers, which suffered just its second defeat of the season on Saturday at LSU, is focused on learning from the loss as it preps for the Monarchs.
“I think it’s important that we lay the last game to bed," said WKU head coach Jeff Brohm. "There were some good thigns to come out of it, but in the end, we lost and we lost by more than we wanted to. Unfortunately, we let the game get away in the end. We’ve got to learn from our mistakes, find a way to get better. Our goal each and every week is to improve. I think we have to make sure – and understand – that we need to improve. In order to continue to do that, we have to learn from those mistakes and get ready for Old Dominion, have a great week of practice and understand that we have to play harder and better and do the small things like not giving up big plays and not turning the ball over in order to win the game."
The Monarchs, 3-4 overall and 1-2 in league play, are led by sophomore running back Ray Lawry. A 2014 C-USA All-Freshman selection, Lawry leads the conference and is No.17 nationally with 830 rushing yards. He ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns in his team's 66-51 loss at WKU last fall.
“Offensively, they are a team that returns their running back who is leading the conference in rushing," said Brohm. "He torched us last year. They have a big receiver who torched us last year. He did a heck of a job on deep balls and getting open underneath. Both those guys are viable weapons that we have to contain. We did not do that last year. We’ve got to show we can improve on that. On defense, they try to bend and not break. The key is going to be not turning the ball over. If we can control the ball, not turn it over, yes – we’d like big plays – but if we can not turn it over as we work it down the field, that will give us a better chance.”
Kickoff is slated for a noon kickoff and will broadcast on FOX Sports Net.