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LEWIS | WKU and Indiana present challenges to defenses (and deadlines)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Western Kentucky (2-0) and Indiana (2-0) kick off Saturday’s game in Bloomington at 4pm eastern time. When it ends is anyone’s guess. The gambling public may want to take the over.

The Hoosiers opened with a 3 hour and 40 minute 48-47 win over Southern Illinois followed by another 3 hour and 39 minute 36-22 victory over Florida International. That game, shockingly, was sealed by a defensive play. Indiana’s Jameel Cook ran an interception back 92 yards for a touchdown with four minutes left to go in the game.

“I really challenged our coaches last week, not schematically, but I wanted to see our defense playing the game in an aggressive, positive style,” said Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson.

The Hoosiers defense will be in for a challenge if Western Kentucky’s last game is an indicator. WKU outlasted Louisiana Tech 41-38 (3 hours and 40 minutes, by the way) last Thursday in Bowling Green.

The Hilltoppers racked up 590 yards of total offense. Quarterback Brandon Doughty had 441 yards passing. WKU’s defense, however, gave up 580 yards to Louisiana Tech.

“We’re kind of the Freddy Kruger of defenses,” Hilltoppers defensive coordinator Nick Holt said. “It looks like we’re going to go down, but you can’t kill us. We keep coming back and that’s why I love this defense. One thing I know is that they’ll go for four quarters and good things happen when you do that.”

WKU enters the game without running back Leon Allen, who was lost for the year after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Louisiana Tech win. Allen rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season. One of the backups who may have to help carry the load is graduate transfer Anthony Davis, who played for the Hoosiers before coming to Bowling Green.

IU coach Kevin Wilson says Davis would have been in the Hoosiers rotation had he chosen to stay. WKU head coach Jeff Brohm said he may lean on Davis to share some insight on the Hoosiers before Saturday’s game.

“He’ll give a little bit (of insight). I think he’s a guy who stepped up in this past game and did some good things for us,” said Brohm.  

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