WKU FOOTBALL | Hilltoppers Win 2nd Straight C-USA Championship Game

12/03/2016 07:53 PM

The Western Kentucky football team won the Conference USA Championship Game for the second straight year on Saturday.

WKU (10-3) and Louisiana Tech (8-5) each scored plenty of points, but in the end, it was the Toppers that won 58-44.

Both teams combined for 1,163 yards of offense in what was not only the highest scoring championship game in C-USA history, but also in overall FBS conference championship game history.

With the victory, the Toppers avenged a 55-52 loss to the Bulldogs in early October.

It was a back-and-forth game until late in the game. WKU took a 48-41 lead late in the third quarter and never trailed the rest of the way.

Western Kentucky running back Anthony Wales was named the game’s MVP, after rushing for 209 yards on 36 carries. He also scored four touchdowns on the ground Saturday.

Meanwhile, his quarterback, Mike White, also had a solid performance. White was 21-31 for 421 yards, three touchdowns and one interception through the air.

White’s favorite target on the day was wide receiver Taywan Taylor, who caught seven passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns.

As a result of the players’ performances, WKU becomes the first team in C-USA history to host back-to-back conference championship games and win both on its home field.

The Toppers will now wait to hear in which bowl game they will play. The announcement will be on Saturday.

After the game, WKU head coach Jeff Brohm also addressed the speculation surrounding his future in Bowling Green. The Toppers’ head coach has been linked to some coaching vacancies recently, most notably the opening at Purdue:

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News and anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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