BOWLING GREEN, Ky -The Hilltoppers entertain conference foe Troy on Saturday as WKU celebrates Homecoming, dubbed 'Bright Lights, Red City."
The Tops look to continue a two-game winning streak over the Trojans as both teams enter the contest with equal 4-3 records. Troy has defeated a pair of conference foes (South Alabama, Georgia State), while the Tops hold a 1-2 mark in the SBC.
Senior running back Antonio Andrews has lead the offensive charge for the Tops and eclipsed 1,000 yards on the year in the UL game, becoming the first back in the country to do so and the 17th time a Hilltopper has hit that mark. It is also the fourth consecutive season WKU has had a runner hit 1,000 yards, tying the school record for consecutive years with a 1,000 yard rusher. WKU players reached the mark previously from 1996-1999.
On defense, the WKU secondary will be tested by the SBC's top passing offense, led by Troy quarterback Corey Robinson. Defensive backs Jonathan Dowling and Arius Wright are No. 3 and 4 on the Tops tackle chart, respectively, with three interceptions while Cam Thomas has added a pair. WKU is allowing less than 200 yards passing per game at 170.1, by far the best passing defense in the league.
Troy, led by longtime head coach Larry Blakeney, now in his 23rd season at the helm, brings their 486.9 yard per game offense to Bowling Green. Robinson, as well as quarterback Deon Anthony, have the dynamic Eric Thomas to aim for. Thomas has eight straight games with a touchdowns, the longest streak in the NCAA. The Trojans also have eight passes of 50 yards of longer this season, tied for second in the NCAA to Baylor with 11.
On defense, the Trojans are allowing opponents to score an average of 33.7 points with 464.3 yards of offense. Camren Hudson and Chris Pickett are the Trojans' leading tackles with four pass breakups and an interception between them.
The game will be the end of a two-game homestand for the Tops, who will hit the road for the next three games including a trip to Georgia State on Saturday, Nov. 2.