Big ups to a lesser covered, but no less local team, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, who snapped the nation’s longest losing this past Saturday. The Toppers traveled into the deep south to take out Louisiana-Lafayette, whipping up on the Ragin’ Cajuns 54-21 to halt their losing streak at 26.
WKU reeled off 17 unanswered points over the last three minutes of the first half, allowing them to cruise to their first victory since early in the 2008 season.
This is WKU’s second season as a full-bred, FBS member in the Sun Belt Conference. While the transition has been more brutal than a warm can of Natty Light, they have lined the pockets of WKU athletic administrators over the past three years thanks to road games in Lexington, Knoxville, Tuscaloosa, and Lincoln, Nebraska.
The club is hoping to become a contender in the Sun Belt over the next few years with new coach Willie Taggart in his first season. Taggart was a quarterback with the Toppers back in his playing days, and worked on Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford staff last season.
WKU QB Kawaun Jakes was named Sun Belt Player of the Week today, thanks to an 18-for-22, 262-yard performance through the air. Jakes, a sophomore from St. Augustine, Florida, also had two TDs on the ground.
The ‘W’ came just in time for homecoming this weekend in Bowling Green, as the Tops will square off against the North Texas Mean Green at 3PM eastern time at the awesomely named Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
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