WKU’s Rainey named National Running Back of the Week

Senior running back Bobby Rainey runs for a touchdown during the third quarter of WKU’s 42-23 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday night. It was WKU’s first home win since 2008.

Brad Stephens

Bobby Rainey has made an appearance on the national college football scene.

The senior running back was named the National Running Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards on Sunday.

The award came a day after Rainey ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns in WKU’s 42-23 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

It was a career high in touchdowns for Rainey, and marked the second time he’s gone for more than 200 yards in his career.

The Griffin, Ga., native now ranks third in rushing in the Football Bowl Subdivision, averaging 130 yards per game.

The Toppers’ win Saturday snapped an 18-game home losing streak that dated to Sept. 20, 2008.

WKU (3-4, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference) sits at third in the league standings and next plays at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.