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Louisiana (3-2) at Western Kentucky (4-2)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, October 15, 8 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113) -- Bowling Green, Kentucky. Television: ESPN 2. Home Record: Louisiana 2-0, WKU 2-0. Away Record: Louisiana 1-2, WKU 1-2. Neutral Record: Louisiana 0-0, WKU 1-0. Conference Record: Louisiana 1-0, WKU 1-1. Series Record: Louisiana leads, 4-2.

GAME NOTES: The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will both try to extend their respective three-game winning streaks on Tuesday night, as the two teams meet in Sun Belt Conference action at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

Louisiana tested itself early in its schedule and came away with a pair of road losses to Arkansas (34-14) and Kansas State (48-27), but since then it has reeled off three consecutive victories. The Cajuns opened up Sun Belt play on Oct. 5 at home against Texas State and prevailed in a 48-24 final, and while it's still early, they are tied atop the conference standings with Arkansas State.

Western Kentucky got off to a similarly slow start, as it began the season on a three-game road swing, coming away with just one win, but it too has bounced back in recent weeks by posting three consecutive victories. The Hilltoppers' most recent triumph was arguably their most impressive, as they dominated ULM on the road on Oct. 3, 31-10.

Louisiana leads the all-time series with Western Kentucky, 4-2, which includes a 31-27 win in Lafayette last November.

The Cajuns offense has been one of the Sun Belt's most potent, racking up a conference-best 38.8 ppg on 459.2 ypg, and they are led by their outstanding dual-threat quarterback.

Junior Terrance Broadway has completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,153 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions, and following a 335-yard performance against Texas State, he now has a school-record six career 300- yard passing games. In addition to his aerial exploits, Broadway has added 154 yards and four scores on the ground.

Broadway's favorite target is Jamal Robinson, who has hauled in 23 passes for 379 yards, and he ranks eighth nationally with six receiving touchdowns. Darryl Surgent has also been active with 17 grabs for 186 yards and two scores.

Alonzo Harris is the most utilized tailback, carrying the ball 55 times for 329 yards and three touchdowns. Elijah McGuire has been even more explosive on limited reps, posting 244 yards (7.6 ypc) and four touchdowns.

Defensively, Louisiana has not played particularly well, but in a lackluster Sun Belt, its yardage (386.4 ypg) and point (28.6 ppg) allowance both rank in the top-three.

Justin Anderson is the unit's top playmaker with 51 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. Overall, the team has created 12 turnovers (six interceptions, six fumble recoveries).

The Hilltoppers are one of the few teams in the league that can keep pace with Louisiana offensively, as they rank third in both scoring (31.2 ppg) and yardage (473.7 ypg).

The offense runs through tailback Antonio Andrews, who ranks second in the nation in rushing with 882 yards and is tied for third in touchdowns with nine. Andrews is far more than just a rusher, however. The senior is an all- purpose monster, displaying his talents in the receiving game (16 receptions, 176 yards) and as a return man (285 yards).

Brandon Doughty has been something of an enigma under center. He has looked sharp at times, completing better than 67 percent of his passes for 1,398 yards with seven touchdowns, but he has made more than his fair share of mistakes, as his 10 interceptions are tied for third-most in the nation.

Doughty does a good job distributing the wealth on offense, as eight different receivers have double-digit receptions. Joel German (21 receptions, 256 yards) and Willie McNeal (18 receptions, 262 yards, TD) are the top targets, while Nicholas Norris (16 receptions, 192 yards) does his best work in the red zone with three touchdowns.

In addition to its impressive offense, WKU also possesses one of the league's top defensive units, as it ranks second in scoring defense (23.8 ppg) and first in total defense (351.0 ypg).

On a unit filled with impressive playmakers, Xavius Boyd has emerged as perhaps the best linebacker in the SBC. Boyd has stuffed the stat sheet with 63 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble, and prior to the Hilltoppers' bye a week ago, he was the three-time reigning SBC Defensive Player of the Week.

Andrew Jackson has also been stellar at linebacker for WKU with 42 tackles and three QB hurries, while Jonathan Dowling is a shut-down defensive back with 37 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and five passes defended.

The Cajuns and Hilltoppers appear to be two of the Sun Belt's top squads, and with plenty of talent on both sides of the field, this should be an exciting matchup. WKU has yet to lose on its home field this season, and with a balanced offense capable of striking in a number of ways, it will find a way to dismiss a Louisiana team that has not been the same outside of Lafayette.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Kentucky 34, Louisiana 27

10/15 10:34:22 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 49
MIL 51
 
1st
GSW 11
OKC 25
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
2nd
EVAN 69
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
Half
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
Half
USF 46
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
1st
UTST 15
CALST 16
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
 
1st
SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 0
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 13