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College football: Western Kentucky beats Louisiana Tech, 41-38

Kenneth Dixon, Xavier Woods

Western Kentucky running back Kenneth Dixonm who rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns, is brought down by Louisiana Tech defensive back Xavier Woods on Thursday night.

(Michael Noble Jr / Associated Press)

Brandon Doughty threw for 441 yards, redshirt freshman D’Andre Ferby relieved an injured Leon Allen to add a short touchdown among several key runs to help Western Kentucky survive Louisiana Tech, 41-38, for an important — yet costly — Conference USA victory Thursday night in Bowling Green, Ky.

The Hilltoppers lost Allen, who rushed for 1,542 yards last season, to an apparent left leg injury early in the third quarter when he was tackled on an incomplete pass play. The senior was taken to a hospital for observation but no further information was immediately available.

After a brief lull, the Hilltoppers (2-0, 1-0) regrouped behind Doughty and Ferby, who rushed four times for 13 yards on a drive ending with a one-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion catch for a 38-24 lead with 54 seconds left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs scored twice (1-1, 0-1) late in the fourth quarter.

Gators switch QBs

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Florida is flipping its quarterback rotation for the second game of the season.

The Gators announced Thursday that redshirt freshman Will Grier will make his first career starter against East Carolina.

Sophomore Treon Harris started the season opener, played three series and then turned things over to Grier, who directed six drives before Harris went back in. Each quarterback led the Gators to four touchdowns and a field goal in the 61-13 victory against New Mexico State.

Grier completed 16 of 18 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards and a score. Harris, who started the final six games last season, was 14-for-19 passing for 215 yards and two touchdowns. New Florida Coach Jim McElwain has a history of playing two quarterbacks early and then settling on a starter.

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