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Western Kentucky at South Alabama

Clutch pick gets S. Alabama by W. Kentucky, 31-24


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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Tyrell Pearson's interception return with just more than two minutes left set up a 1-yard plunge by Trey Fetner that lifted South Alabama to a 31-24 win over visiting Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams Saturday night.

The Hilltoppers (1-2, 0-1) took a 21-10 lead in the first half but could only manage a field goal in the second half - that coming on a 44-yard boot to start the fourth quarter by Garrett Schwettman after the Jaguars tied the game at 21-21.

Aleem Sunanon kicked a 37-yard field goal two minutes later to tie the score at 24-24.

Ross Matheny completed 11 of 15 passes for 193 yards to lead South Alabama (2-1, 1-0).

Brandon Doughty was 27 of 47 for 282 yards and three touchdowns to lead Western Kentucky, but he was also intercepted three times.

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Scoring Summary
WKYTyler Higbee 16 yd pass from Brandon Doughty (Garrett Schwettman kick)
SALARoss Metheny 1 yd run (Aleem Sunanon kick)
WKYNicholas Norris 5 yd pass from Brandon Doughty (Garrett Schwettman kick)
SALAAleem Sunanon 42 yd FG
WKYNicholas Norris 20 yd pass from Brandon Doughty (Garrett Schwettman kick)
SALAAleem Sunanon 43 yd FG
SALAJay Jones 4 yd run (Ross Metheny 2pt pass from Jake Howton)
WKYGarrett Schwettman 44 yd FG
SALAAleem Sunanon 37 yd FG
SALATrey Fetner 1 yd run (Aleem Sunanon kick)
 
Team Stats
 WKYSALA
First Downs2618
Third Down Efficiency9-175-13
Fourth Down Efficiency1-31-2
Plays-Net Yards74-42766-414
Rushes-Yds27-14539-144
Passing Yds282270
Kick Return Yds9164
Punt Return Yds-1-2
Passes27-47-316-27-0
Punts3-1311-42
Fumbles-Lost0-02-1
Penalties-Yds8-505-35
Time of Poss.32:5127:9
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
WKY: Antonio Andrews 15-122, Leon Allen 8-40, Keshawn Simpson 2-7, Brandon Doughty 2--24
SALA: Jay Jones 11-49, Brandon Bridge 6-42, Ross Metheny 8-22, Cris Dinham 6-22, Trey Fetner 3-6, Kendall Houston 4-5, Team 1--2
PASSING
WKY: Brandon Doughty 27-47-282-3
SALA: Ross Metheny 11-15-193-0, Brandon Bridge 5-11-77-0, Trey Fetner 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING
WKY: Nicholas Norris 7-95, Tyler Higbee 5-67, Antonio Andrews 5-38, Willie McNeal 3-22, Joel German 2-22, Leon Allen 2-20, Aaron Jackson 1-6, Kadeem Jones 1-6, Mitchell Henry 1-6
SALA: Wes Saxton 4-91, Jereme Jones 4-68, Shavarez Smith 3-72, Danny Woodson 2-16, Corey Waldon 1-15, Bryant Lavender 1-6, Cris Dinham 1-2
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Western Kentucky6th Conference USA East1-33-4
South Alabama2nd Sun Belt 4-15-2

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