Recap: Western Ky vs. Southern Miss
Bowling Green, KY (Sports Network) - Kawaun Jakes threw for three touchdowns and Antonio Andrews racked up 213 net yards and two touchdowns as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers routed the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, 42-17, in a non- conference bout at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Jakes completed 12-of-18 passes for 172 yards and three scores. Andrews, who led the Hilltoppers (3-1) to their first ever win over an SEC opponent last week, ran the ball 15 times for 139 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 74 yards and a score. This is his second consecutive game with multiple touchdowns. Leon Allen also broke the century mark, rushing for 132 yards and a score on 11 carries. WKU racked up 560 yards of total offense.
Chris Campbell started the game for Southern Miss but completed just 2-of-5 passes for 15 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Anthony Alford, who made his first career start last week against East Carolina, relieved Campbell but saw similar results. The true freshman threw for 14 yards on 2-of-7 passing and carried the ball nine times for 28 yards and a touchdown. Ricky Lloyd replaced Alford late in the third quarter and completed 4-of-5 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, but lost a fumble.
The Hilltoppers wasted no time putting points on the board, marching down the field in nine plays on their first possession of the game. Andrews did most of the damage, running for 14 yards and picking up 36 on a screen pass from Jakes. Allen found the end zone from one-yard out for his second touchdown of the season. After a Southern Miss three and out, Jakes found a wide open Andrews from 25 yards out to increase their lead to 14-0 with 5:52 left in the opening quarter.
After a Corey Acosta field goal put Southern Miss on the board, Jakes connected with Willie McNeal for a 36-yard touchdown which gave the Hilltoppers a 21-3 halftime lead. USM failed to convert a third down in the first half on five attempts, while WKU converted four of their six third downs.
Andrews' second score of the day came on WKU's first drive of the second half. He broke two tackles in route to his 36-yard touchdown run. Kadeem Jones and Nick Baisch also scored for the Hilltoppers in the third quarter, while Tyre Bracken caught a 13-yard touchdown pass for the Golden Eagles' first touchdown of the game.
Alford provided the final scoring play of the game when he punched it in from a yard out with 7:56 left in regulation.
Western Kentucky has now won 10 of their last 12 games dating back to last season.Game Notes