Louisville, Ky. (WDRB)-- Western Kentucky plays one of the teams sitting above them in the Sun Belt Conference standings when Louisiana-Lafayette visits Bowling Green for a nationally- televised (ESPN2) contest Tuesday at 8:00 pm Eastern. The Toppers are in a three-way tie for fourth in the conference with a 1-1 mark. Louisiana-Lafayette is tied with Arkansas State atop the Sun Belt at 1-0.
"We have a great challenge ahead of us, a very good football team coming in, said head coach Bobby Petrino. "It's the type of game you look forward to playing in where two teams are playing well and a lot is at stake. I think our players are excited about it."
Petrino has been especially excited about the play of his linebackers, Xavius Boyd (the conference defensive player of the week for the second time this year) and Andrew Jackson. "They are both playing well, both doing a really nice job for us. It isn't like you can go double team a middle linebacker and leave one guy unblocked. You have to really understand the blocking schemes and do a good job of fitting in your whole, reacting and playing hard. Xavius (Boyd) has been doing a good job of doing that. He knows what is going on. He has done a nice job of doing the three things we ask him to do: stop the run, do a great job in coverage and rush the quarterback. He's really done a nice job."
As for playing on Tuesday night, Petrino is used to it and just fine with it.. "I think I've played every night of the week but Monday, when we were up at Louisville. We've had Tuesday games before. What you do is just set your clocks so it will end up being a Saturday game for us, just a different day of the week. I like doing it. It's a great thing for recruiting. I think it helps us a lot. A lot of the recruits watch the mid-week games. Last week when we played on Thursday, we met as a staff Wednesday night, made a ton of phone calls and got kids on the phone to remind them we were playing the next night. I think it's great and it will help us build our program."
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