WKU Football | Hilltoppers bounce back with a victory over Miami of Ohio

09/17/2016 08:19 PM

In a game that was riddled with penalties, turnovers and a few bouts of intense rain, Western Kentucky University had to dig deep for every touchdown scored in Oxford, Ohio Saturday. Head Coach Jeff Brohm said after the game even though his team played better in the second half, it was still “an ugly win.”

The Hilltoppers had several turnovers in the first quarter and they couldn’t get their offense in sync. Still, the first quarter ended with neither team getting on the board. The Hilltoppers finally started to warm up and with just a little over five minutes left in the first half WKU running back Quinton Baker scored a touchdown and kicker Ryan Nuss followed with the extra point.

Western’s defense forced a three-and-out in the shadow of the Miami goalposts. Nacarius Fant then caught the kick at the Miami 48. He avoided two defenders and there was no one for Miami on the backside allowing Fant to sail right into the end zone. Following the extra point, WKU had a 14-0 lead. Miami kicked a 30-yard field goal with just over a minute left in the half and that put the RedHawks on the board. WKU lead 14-3 at the half.

The Hilltoppers came out of the half ready for anything. Miami’s quarterback Billy Bahl was sacked at the Miami 14. WKU kicker Ryan Nuss then converted that into a 26-yard field goal bringing the score to 17-3.

WKU Senior wide receiver Nicholas Norris caught a 53-yard pass from Mike White for another TD. With the extra point that brought the score to 24-3 and it started to look like the end for Miami. But the RedHawks weren’t giving up. Miami QB Billy Bahl ran right into the front left corner of the end zone, cutting the score to 24-10. In the final play of the quarter, Miami’s James Gardner caught a tipped ball and completed a 70-yard touchdown. The score was then 24-17 Hilltoppers.

WKU answered quickly in the fourth quarter when Taywan Taylor caught a 36-yard-pass in the end zone. Nuss then followed up with the extra point, bringing the score to 31-17 WKU. Miami’s Sam Martin caught the Hail Mary in the end zone, with one hand, narrowing Western’s lead. With just over a minute left in the game the onside kick was caught by Taywan Taylor. The final score was 31-24 WKU.

WKU plays Vanderbilt Saturday in Bowling Green.

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