For the second time in three seasons, WKU came to Ruston and left on the short end of the scoreboard, this time a 55-52 loss to Louisiana Tech in front of 17,978 fans on Thursday night.

               In between those two losses? WKU won 13 straight Conference USA games.

“We knew we were playing the defending champion coming in here,” said Tech head coach Skip Holtz. “We knew it was going to be a challenge: 13-game winning streak, longest conference win streak in the country. We knew they wouldn’t go away. We talked to our players about it was going to be a 12-round heavyweight fight, and it’s not going to be over till the very end. And you know, I’m just really proud of our players the way they were able to compete in there and they were able to get the win.”

               Louisiana Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins threw for 454 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to the C-USA shootout, snapping the Hilltoppers 13-game league winning streak. The last time WKU lost in Conference USA play prior to Thursday night was in 2014 in a 59-10 loss to LA Tech at The Joe.