BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU returned to the practice field on Tuesday as they prepare for Saturday’s opportunity to defend their Conference USA championship when they host West Division champion Louisiana Tech (8-4, 6-2 C-USA) in a re-match from October’s regular season showdown.
The Bulldogs got the best of the Hilltoppers that night in early October, a 55-52 victory in Ruston. For the East Division champion Hilltoppers, Saturday’s championship game, set for an 11 a.m. kick off on ESPN, is an opportunity not only to defend their title but to make up for a loss early in the season.
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“It’s a little unusual in college football to get a second chance at a team,” said co-offensive coordinator Brian Brohm. “But, we get that second chance, on our home turf, and we couldn’t be happier about that. We are feeling good about how we are playing on offense lately. The guys came out with a lot of energy, good focus, so we just have to keep it going.”
WKU was without the services of starting linebacker and team captain T.J. McCollum in that first matchup, a vital piece of coordinator Nick Holt’s defense which currently leads the league in scoring defense and run defense.
“We’ve got some guys back who didn’t play in the first game, but we just can’t make the fundamental errors we made in the first game,” Holt said. “We’ll clean it up and play better.”
Both teams feature dynamic pass catchers and have the top two receiving duos in the country – Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris for WKU and Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson for LA Tech. Defending their duo while getting WKU’s own receivers going will be a priority on both sides of the ball.
“You have to cover down, adjust to all the formations, and be in position pre-snap,” Holt added. “They do a really good job of getting you out of formation. They get rid of the ball quick, and it’s accurate. That’s probably the best thing they do.”
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