Game Preview: WKU vs. Louisiana

Bar'ee Boyd
Bar'ee Boyd

Oct. 15, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Western Kentucky27
Louisiana-Lafayette31
November 17, 2012
Lafayette, La.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- WKU is back on the Hill tonight when they host SBC rival Louisiana in the Black Out game with the national college football focus fixed on Bowling Green.

The game will air nationally in ESPN2 and is the only college football game on for a national audience.

It will be the seventh all-time meeting between the schools and fifth straight, dating back to WKU's first season as a bowl-eligible FBS member in 2009. Since that season, the series has been split 2-2; However, UL holds the overall series advantage 4-2.

Quarterback Terrance Broadway leads the UL attack on offense, throwing for 1,151 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions on 86-of-131 passing attempts. On the ground, Alonzo Harris (55-329) and Elijah McGuire (32-244) have split the load and combined for seven touchdowns.

Defensively, the Cajuns are lead by linebacker Justin Anderson, whose 51 tackles on the year are nearly double the next closest UL player. Anderson has 3.5 tackles for loss to go along with one interception.

For the Tops, the nation's active leader in all-purpose yardage in Antonio Andrews will look to churn up the yards on the ground. Andrews has the second most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in the country to this point in the season. Quarterback Brandon Doughty is also closing in on single-season passing records at WKU, including completions, attempts and yards.

Defensively, linebackers Xavius Boyd and Andrew Jackson headline the SBC's top defense. The Tops are allowing less than 355 yards per game, 30 yards better than the next defense in the league and Boyd and Jackson lead the team in tackles, 63 and 42, respectively. Boyd is one of just two players in the Sun Belt Conference to average 10 or more tackles per game to this point and leads the SBC in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks.

Hilltopper coach Bobby Petrino is 28-8 (.777) when having more than one week to prepare for a game during his collegiate head coaching career.

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