Michael McCammon

WKU hosts La Tech in title game on Saturday

WKU Insider provides a look at Saturday's C-USA Championship contest

The Hilltoppers (9-3) host Louisiana Tech (8-4) for the Conference USA Championship game.  The meeting is a rematch from a regular season contest in Ruston, La., that the host Bulldogs won 55-52.

Here's the WKU Insider game preview:

LOCATION: Houchins-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green (22,113)
DATE:  Saturday, Dec. 3
KICKOFF: 11:00 a.m.
RADIO:  Hilltopper IMG Sports Network: 105.3 FM/1450 AM
Play-by-Play: Randy Lee
Analyst:
Leo Peckenpaugh
Sideline: Terry Obee

TV:  ESPN
Play-by-Play: Dave Pasch
Analyst: Tom Luginbill
Sideline: Quint Kessenich

NOTEBOOK

WKU

  • The Hilltoppers have never lost to La Tech in Bowling Green.
  • WKU finished as the C-USA leaders in offensive and defensive scoring.
  • WKU is the first school in league history to host the title game in consecutive seasons.
  • WKU owns a 12-game winning streak at home over conference opponents, the longest such streak in the country.
  • WKU is seeking back-to-back double-digit win seasons for the first time in the program’s 97 year history.

La Tech

  • While it holds the overall series edge at 4-3, La Tech is 0-2 against WKU in Bowling Green.
  • After winning seven straight, La Tech lost 39-24 at Southern Miss to close the regular season.
  • In addition to being among the nation's top five in scoring, La Tech is seventh nationally with 516.8 yards per game.
  • Also like WKU, La Tech is among the nation's top five in kickoff returns.
  • Allowing 30.6 points per game, the La Tech defense is fifth in Conference USA.

KEY PLAYERS

WKU

QB Mike White : His 31 passing touchdowns ranks 9th nationally, with his 67.3 completion percentage checking in at 10th.

RB Anthony Wales : The senior's 126 total points tops C-USA and is 5th nationally.

LB Keith Brown : The graduate transfer is 16th in the country and ranks second among Conference USA players with 116 total tackles this season.

WR Taywan Taylor : Biletnikoff Award semifinalist in 2015 and 2016, Taylor is seventh in nation in receiving yards.

La Tech

WR Trent Taylor : 134 catches for 1,713 yards and 12 touchdowns in his last 14 games with the Bulldogs.

QB Ryan Higgins : The senior is averaging 336.9 passing yards per game, a mark that is ranked fourth in the nation.

WR Carlos Henderson : A dangerous receiver - ninth on school's career receiving list - he's also dangerous in the kick return game.

S Xavier Woods : Among the nation's leaders with five interceptions.  Also has registered three sacks.

QUOTABLE

La Tech head coach Skip Holtz on the WKU defense:

"I think they’re just getting better fundamentally.  They’re not giving up the big plays. They’re keeping the ball in front of them.  They’re a very physical group and I think coach Holt has done a really good job with that defense."

WKU Co-Offensive Coordinator Brian Brohm on the opportunity to avenge the regular season loss at La Tech:

"It's a little unusual in college football to get a second chance at a team, but, we get that second chance, on our home turf, and we couldn't be happier about that"


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