BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Western Kentucky snapped an 18-game home losing streak behind Bobby Rainey's career-high three touchdowns and 206 rushing yards in a 42-23 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
The Hilltoppers (3-4, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference) led the entire way after Rainey scored from 1 yard out on their opening drive. Rainey erased any doubt for a win when he broke a 24-yard touchdown with 1:09 to play for the final margin.
Kadeem Jones added two touchdowns for the Hilltoppers, and Kawaun Jakes went 15 of 18 for 242 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The Ragin' Cajuns (6-2, 4-1) hadn't lost since their season-opener against Oklahoma State, while the Hilltoppers have notched wins in each of their last three games.
Blaine Gautier led Louisiana-Lafayette, going 32 of 51 for 419 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
It was Western Kentucky's first home victory over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.
Ladarius Green 2 Yd Pass From Blaine Gautier (Brett Baer Kick)
Bobby Rainey 5 Yd Run (Jesse Roy Kick)
Ladarius Green 6 Yd Pass From Blaine Gautier (Two-Point Conversion Failed)
Kadeem Jones 1 Yd Run (Jesse Roy Kick)
Bobby Rainey 24 Yd Run (Jesse Roy Kick)
Western Kentucky upsets UL Lafayette 42-23 on Saturday to snap an 18-game losing streak at home!
Overall, Western Kentucky has won 3 straight games after starting 0-4. It's Western Kentucky's 1st 3-game winning streak since officially joining FBS. The win came against a team that was 6-1 overall. The Rajun Cajuns only loss before Saturday came against Oklahoma State.