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Western Kentucky beats Memphis in Boca Bowl, 51-31

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers threw to their tackle, ran a trick play from their victory formation and kept scoring touchdowns for Nick Holt, their one-and-done interim coach.

Senior Anthony Wales gained 329 yards from scrimmage and Western Kentucky earned a bowl victory for the third year in a row by beating Memphis 51-31 Tuesday night in the Boca Raton Bowl.

''Coach Holt gave us great energy,'' Wales said. ''We all love him, and we were able to show everybody how great we are.''

Oddsmakers had projected the game to be the highest-scoring of the bowl season, and even Western Kentucky left tackle Forrest Lamp got into the act, scoring on a 9-yard razzle-dazzle catch-and-run. The Hilltoppers (11-3) totaled 598 yards for Holt, who was filling in after coach Jeff Brohm left this month to become coach at Purdue.

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford was chosen over Holt as Brohm's replacement next season, and attended the game.

''I told the kids it has been two weeks of some of the happiest football of my life,'' Holt said. ''They don't care really right now who's the head coach. They believe in each other.''

Wales ran for a career-high 245 yards on 35 carries, added 84 yards on four catches and scored three times. Teammate Mike White threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns. Taywan Taylor had nine catches for 144 yards and his 17th touchdown of the season.

It was another successful finale for the Hilltoppers, who won the Miami Beach Bowl last year and the Bahamas Bowl in 2014.

Memphis (8-5) lost in a bowl game for the second consecutive year. The Tigers' Riley Ferguson threw for 372 yards and four scores, but they couldn't keep up with the Hilltoppers.

''They're good,'' Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. ''A missed assignment, a bust in communication, and they can expose you.''

TRICKERY

Holt, the defensive coordinator during the regular season, oversaw some creative play calling.

The Hilltoppers scored their second touchdown when Lamp, their 300-pound senior tackle, retreated from an unbalanced line, caught a lateral and scored for the first touchdown of his career.

''The last time I scored a touchdown was probably in my backyard against my little brother,'' Lamp said.

With 45 seconds left in the first half, the Hilltoppers lined up in the victory formation as if running out the clock. Instead Wales swept around left end for a 53-yard gain, but Western Kentucky failed to capitalize, throwing an interception on the next play.

INJURY REPORT

Ferguson missed one series with a leg injury when a defender was blocked into him as he threw an interception.

''He'll be fine,'' Norvell said.

MEMPHIS MILESTONES

Ferguson set a school season record with 32 touchdown passes. Anthony Miller had a career-high three touchdown catches and increased his season total to 14, a school record.

Jake Elliott kicked four extra points to finish 202 for 202 in his career, extending a streak of successful kicks that's the nation's longest. He did miss a 43-yard field goal try when it hit the left upright.

UP NEXT

This year Norvell became the third coach in Memphis history to achieve a winning record in his first season, and has built a strong foundation. The Tigers open the 2017 season at home Sept. 2 against Louisiana-Monroe.

''We've got a lot of hope and a lot of confidence in where we're going,'' Norvell said.

Sanford makes his debut with the Hilltoppers when they open next season at home Sept. 2 against Eastern Kentucky.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:18
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
51
Touchdown 2:18
20-A.Wales runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
12
plays
75
yds
06:29
pos
31
50
Point After TD 8:47
46-J.Elliott extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
44
Touchdown 8:47
4-R.Ferguson complete to 3-A.Miller. 3-A.Miller runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
72
yds
01:37
pos
30
44
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:39
88-S.Simcox 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
10
yds
01:55
pos
24
44
Point After TD 5:34
46-J.Elliott extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
41
Touchdown 5:34
4-R.Ferguson complete to 3-A.Miller. 3-A.Miller runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
90
yds
01:57
pos
23
41
Missed Point After Touchdown 7:35
88-S.Simcox extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
17
41
Touchdown 7:35
20-A.Wales runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
21
yds
01:19
pos
17
41
Point After TD 13:24
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
35
Touchdown 13:24
14-M.White complete to 2-T.Taylor. 2-T.Taylor runs 41 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
80
yds
01:36
pos
17
34
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:16
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
28
Touchdown 2:16
20-A.Wales runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
71
yds
06:37
pos
17
27
Point After TD 9:00
46-J.Elliott extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 9:00
4-R.Ferguson complete to 3-A.Miller. 3-A.Miller runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
02:59
pos
16
21
Point After TD 11:59
88-S Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
21
Touchdown 11:59
14-M.White complete to 15-N.Norris. 15-N.Norris runs 37 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
94
yds
02:13
pos
10
20
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:47
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
14
Touchdown 1:47
76-F.Lamp runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
83
yds
03:44
pos
10
13
Field Goal 5:43
46-J.Elliott 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
10
yds
01:59
pos
10
7
Point After TD 7:42
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 7:42
14-M.White complete to 87-S.Donatell. 87-S.Donatell runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
03:01
pos
7
6
Point After TD 10:43
46-J.Elliott extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 10:43
4-R.Ferguson complete to 1-T.Pollard. 1-T.Pollard runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
65
yds
01:53
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 27 28
Rushing 5 14
Passing 18 11
Penalty 4 3
3rd Down Conv 5-15 4-10
4th Down Conv 3-6 0-0
Total Net Yards 516 619
Total Plays 81 78
Avg Gain 6.4 7.9
Net Yards Rushing 72 262
Rush Attempts 32 48
Avg Rush Yards 2.3 5.5
Net Yards Passing 444 357
Comp. - Att. 27-49 20-30
Yards Per Pass 9.1 11.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-26 6-21
Penalties - Yards 5-53 8-84
Touchdowns 4 7
Rushing TDs 0 4
Passing TDs 4 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 2-39.5 3-41.0
Return Yards 92 55
Punts - Returns 1-2 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 4-90 2-47
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-8
Kicking 5/6 7/9
Extra Points 4/4 6/7
Field Goals 1/2 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Memphis 8-5 1077731
W. Kentucky 11-3 141416751
444 PASS YDS 357
72 RUSH YDS 262
516 TOTAL YDS 619
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Ferguson 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.1% 372 4 1 156.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.8% 4070 36 11 153.0
R. Ferguson 25/43 372 4 1
J. Stewart 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
20% 28 0 0 67.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.5% 257 2 0 135.6
J. Stewart 1/5 28 0 0
P. Mayhue 89 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 18 0 0 251.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 36 0 0 251.2
P. Mayhue 1/1 18 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
P. Taylor Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
96 580 2
P. Taylor Jr. 3 34 0 23
D. Dorceus 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
137 838 9
D. Dorceus 5 27 0 11
D. Henderson 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
96 495 5
D. Henderson 9 13 0 9
T. Pollard 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 164 1
T. Pollard 2 5 0 4
R. Ferguson 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
84 -76 4
R. Ferguson 13 -6 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Miller 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 151 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
106 1585 17
A. Miller 11 151 3 45
T. Pollard 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 81 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 379 3
T. Pollard 4 81 1 45
D. Hurd 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 70 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 341 2
D. Hurd 3 70 0 33
P. Mayhue 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 725 4
P. Mayhue 3 48 0 22
D. Montiel 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 372 3
D. Montiel 2 34 0 24
J. Williams 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 102 0
J. Williams 2 23 0 18
D. Dorceus 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 85 1
D. Dorceus 1 8 0 8
P. Taylor Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 40 0
P. Taylor Jr. 1 3 0 3
D. Henderson 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 237 3
D. Henderson 0 0 0 0
K. Jones 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 121 1
K. Jones 0 0 0 0
D. Montgomery 13 DL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Montgomery 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Maulet 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 2 3.0
A. Maulet 9-2 3.0 0
D. Nelson 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 3 0.0
D. Nelson 7-0 0.0 1
G. Avery 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 2 0.0
G. Avery 7-1 0.0 0
C. Akins 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.0
C. Akins 7-2 0.0 0
E. Cooper 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
E. Cooper 5-0 1.0 0
D. Montgomery 13 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
D. Montgomery 5-1 0.0 0
C. Lanier 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
C. Lanier 4-0 0.0 0
J. Cook 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
J. Cook 4-1 0.0 0
T. Northern 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
T. Northern 4-1 1.0 0
D. Pennington 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Pennington 1-1 0.0 0
S. Rupert 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
S. Rupert 1-0 0.0 0
C. Morley 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 2 0.0
C. Morley 1-2 0.0 0
C. Johnson 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Johnson 1-0 1.0 0
J. Wilson 38 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
J. Wilson 1-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Elliott 46 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
22/28 62/62
J. Elliott 1/2 33 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Smith 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 41.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 45.0 0
S. Smith 1 41.0 0 41
N. Jacobs 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 38.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
13 38.4 1
N. Jacobs 1 38.0 1 38
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Pollard 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 25.0 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
41 27.9 30 2
T. Pollard 3 25.0 30 0
B. Huff 55 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 15 0
B. Huff 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Miller 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 6.2 2 0
A. Miller 1 2.0 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. White 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 336 3 1 187.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.3% 4699 40 8 181.8
M. White 20/30 336 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Wales 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
35 245 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
272 1866 30
A. Wales 35 245 3 53
Q. Baker 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
101 551 4
Q. Baker 2 9 0 5
F. Lamp 76 OL
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 18 2
F. Lamp 1 9 1 9
K. Towner 81 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
K. Towner 1 3 0 3
N. Norris 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 223 1
N. Norris 1 1 0 1
M. White 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 -78 0
M. White 7 -4 0 17
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Taylor 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 144 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
107 1874 18
T. Taylor 9 144 1 41
A. Wales 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 84 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 407 2
A. Wales 4 84 0 38
N. Norris 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 65 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
79 1383 15
N. Norris 3 65 1 37
L. Jackson 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 421 2
L. Jackson 2 26 0 18
Q. Jernighan 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 72 1
Q. Jernighan 1 13 0 13
S. Donatell 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 129 3
S. Donatell 1 4 1 4
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Leston 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
B. Leston 6-2 0.0 0
D. Overstreet 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 1.5
D. Overstreet 6-2 1.5 0
N. Dawson-Brents 12 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 3.0
N. Dawson-Brents 5-0 3.0 0
B. Holt 44 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
B. Holt 4-1 0.0 0
L. Johnson 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 2 0.0
L. Johnson 4-1 0.0 0
K. Brown 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 3 0.0
K. Brown 3-3 0.0 1
C. Johnson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Johnson 3-0 0.0 0
J. Gardner 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Gardner 2-0 0.0 0
D. Simmons 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
D. Simmons 2-0 0.0 0
J. Brown 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
J. Brown 2-0 0.0 0
M. Whyte 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Whyte 1-1 0.0 0
J. Johnson 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
O. Bryant 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
O. Bryant 1-1 0.0 0
D. Davis 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
D. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
D. Greene 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Greene 1-0 0.0 0
D. Duclos 24 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
D. Duclos 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Simcox 88 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 6/7
SEASON FG XP
17/24 76/78
S. Simcox 1/2 21 6/7 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Collins 49 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 41.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 42.6 0
J. Collins 3 41.0 0 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Towner 81 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 27.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
27 39.8 27 1
K. Towner 1 27.0 27 0
L. Jackson 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.0 20 0
L. Jackson 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MEMP 25 1:01 3 6 Punt
12:36 MEMP 35 1:53 5 65 TD
7:42 MEMP 25 1:59 9 10 FG
1:41 MEMP 25 1:34 8 49
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WKY 26 0:42 4 -48 FG Miss
11:59 MEMP 25 2:59 8 75 TD
2:11 MEMP 21 1:19 4 26 Punt
0:24 MEMP 20 0:00 1 -9
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:24 MEMP 25 1:10 6 26
9:02 MEMP 26 0:00 1 -5
7:31 MEMP 25 1:57 7 75 TD
3:25 MEMP 30 1:23 7 -11 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 MEMP 20 2:21 10 51
10:24 MEMP 28 1:37 6 72 TD
2:18 MEMP 36 1:35 9 -6 FUMBLE
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:51 WKY 28 1:08 3 3 Punt
10:43 WKY 25 3:01 8 75 TD
5:31 WKY 22 3:44 9 78 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:12 WKY 26 2:13 6 74 TD
8:53 WKY 29 6:37 13 71 TD
0:45 WKY 15 0:11 1 53 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WKY 25 1:36 5 75 TD
12:04 WKY 49 2:55 9 -27 FG Miss
8:54 MEMP 21 1:19 3 21 TD
5:34 WKY 25 1:55 6 10 FG
1:59 MEMP 30 1:29 3 1
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MEMP 35 0:00 1 -5 Punt
12:25 WKY 29 1:52 3 -4 Punt
8:47 WKY 25 6:29 12 75 TD
0:34 WKY 30 0:00 1 -1