Looking to build momentum off two straight road victories, the Hilltoppers return home to host Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday in the 2011 Homecoming Game. WKU broke a 26-game losing streak with a 54-21 win over ULL last year in Lafayette.

Happy Homecomings - This will be WKU's 82nd Homecoming contest, as the Hilltoppers have posted a 51-27-3 (64.0%) record in such games since defeating Louisville 7-6 on Nov. 5, 1927. The Toppers are looking to snap a four-game Homecoming losing skid, last winning in 2006 with a 41-3 triumph over Indiana State.

Two In A Row For The Toppers - For the first time since late in the 2007 season, WKU has won back-to-back contests following its 20-0 victory at Florida Atlantic last Saturday. The Hilltoppers actually put together a pair of three-game win streaks during that '07 campaign. Thanks to victories at Middle Tennessee and FAU, WKU is now over .500 (2-1) in Sun Belt Conference play for the first time in its three-year affiliation with the league, and enters play this week in third place in the league standings.

Pitching A Shutout - For the first time ever against a Football Bowl Subdivision school, WKU recorded a shutout with a 20-0 victory at Florida Atlantic. The last Hilltopper shutout came on Sept. 8, 2007 with an 87-0 victory over West Virginia Tech - ending a stretch of 51 games without a shutout. It was also the first time WKU blanked an opponent on the road since Sept. 16, 2000 when it earned a 23-0 win at Elon.

Dominating Defense - Not only did the Hilltopper defense record a shutout at Florida Atlantic, they never allowed the Owls much of an opportunity to put points on the board Saturday afternoon. FAU only crossed midfield on two drives - both of which started at its own 40-yard line. The closest WKU allowed Florida Atlantic to drive was the Hilltopper 39 on its next to last drive of the contest. WKU forced the Owls to punt on nine of their 13 drives, and forced six three-and-outs. FAU gained 121 yards in the contest - 38 of which came on the final two drives when the game was decided.

Run Stoppers - For the second time in three games, the Hilltoppers completely shut down the opposition's running game allowing just 25 rushing yards on 25 carries at Florida Atlantic. WKU also limited Arkansas State to 25 yards on the ground on 28 carries against Arkansas State. For the season, WKU is allowing 160.3 yards per game, but just 83.3 yards per game in Sun Belt Conference games.

Rainey Hitting His Stride - After seeing his streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games come to an end against Arkansas State, senior running back Bobby Rainey has bounced back in a big way the past two weeks. After running for 146 yards at Middle Tennessee, Rainey rushed for 131 yards and a pair of touchdowns at Florida Atlantic. It was his second straight two-score game, as he had both a rushing and receiving TD at MTSU. Averaging a league-best 117.3 yards per game on the ground, Rainey has moved up to 12th on the FBS rushing leaders list.

Evans Sparks Return Game Again - Just one week after returning a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, freshman John Evans put up big numbers in the return game against FAU. Although he did not get a chance to return a kickoff (the Owls' only kickoff of the game was a touchback), he did pick up 58 yards on five punt returns - an average of 11.6 yards per return. That included one return of 39 yards. In the past two games, Evans has tallied 203 total return yards.


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