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Western Kentucky has gone three and out just three times in 61 drives

When you think of the most efficient offenses in the country, points and yardage are usually some of the first stats to come to mind. 

Tonight when Western Kentucky takes on Troy, Willie Taggart and his staff bring an interesting offensive efficiency stat into the game.

In 61 drives this season, the Hilltoppers have gone three and out just three times. Back in week two against Alabama, Western Kentucky snapped a streak of 77 consecutive games in which the Crimson Tide had forced at least one three and out by not going three and out a single time during the game.

The Hilltoppers feature a balanced attack, ranking in the top 25 nationally in rushing offense (#25 - 213 ypg) and passing efficiency (#18 - 156.75), and have earned 53 first downs on the ground and 48 through the air.

Their opponent tonight, Troy, is impressive when putting up points under head coach Larry Blakeney. Under Blakeney the Trojans are an impressive 67-4 when scoring at least 35 points. The Trojans are coming off a strong defensive performance in their last game, where they allowed just 59 passing yards to South Alabama.

One area where both teams are strong is their pass defense. Troy has allowed just 207 yards passing per game (36th nationally) while Western Kentucky is allowing just 175 yards per game through the air (14th nationally)

The two teams will face off on ESPNU at 7:30pm ET.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.