Conference USA Championship: WKU 58, Louisiana Tech 44: What Does It All Mean?
WKU came up with a shootout win over Louisiana Tech – avenging an earlier season defeat – for the Conference USA title What does it all mean?
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Mike White threw for 436 yards and four scores for the Hilltoppers, Anthony Wales ran for 194 yards and three scores, and Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris were Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris, combining for 13 catches for 344 yards with Taylor making two touchdown grabs.
The Hilltoppers won ten games for a second straight season with a second straight C-USA championship because the offense was more consistent, didn’t miss a trip, and kept up in a shootout because …
Louisiana Tech did exactly what it was supposed to do
Ryan Higgins threw for 507 yards and three scores with a pick, and Carlos Henderson did exactly what he was supposed to do, averaging 23 yards per pop with 207 yards and a score. Trent Taylor did exactly what he was supposed to do, making 11 grabs for 108 yards. However, the big difference was the running game. WKU had one, Louisiana Tech didn’t, finishing with just five yards.
Is this finally when Jeff Brohm gets the big, long look at a bigger-time job?
There are hotter coaching names out there in the Group of Five world – and Tom Herman was able to get the Texas gig after a few big wins – but Brohm has accomplished enough to be in the running for any job opening. Young, tough, and with a way of cranking up the offense, he’s now 30-10 at WKU with 22 wins over the last two years with two Conference USA championships. There’s still a bowl game to go, but he’s 2-for-2 in the bowls, too.
Skip Holtz has found his groove
A head coach since 1994, it seems like he’s been around for forever, but he’s just 52 and now he’s showing that the South Florida stint was just an aberration. Great at UConn and great at East Carolina, and now he’s been terrific at Louisiana Tech with a fun team and three straight seasons with eight-plus wins. Take the bowl game, and it’ll be three nine-win seasons in a row. Now he just needs to find a little defense.