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W Kentucky wins C-USA in shootout 58-44 over Louisiana Tech

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) If you are a fan of offensive football, the 2016 Dynacraft Conference USA Championship game was one for you as Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech combined for over one thousand yards and one hundred points in the Hilltoppers 58-44 victory to secure their second consecutive C-USA championship.

But is this the end for head coach Jeff Brohm at WKU?

Rumors surround the coach as he has been linked to the opening at Purdue, and while Brohm was asked about his future, he was vague in his response.

''Well, I think people that know me, especially our players and people that are around me, I'm not a big self-promotion guy. I don't get into all that,'' Brohm said. ''I think I understand how the process works and a lot of times when your team does well. The head coaches tend to get a lot of credit. When you don't do well, you get a lot of blame.

''So I think what's going on now is a credit to our players, they've played outstanding. We have great players and a great team which is a credit to our assistant coaches. They've got a lot of experience and have done a great job in trying to find a way to improve each and every year, and I think at this time of the year, myself, and whatever teams are in championship games, these things are going to happen,''

As for the game, Brohm's team was outstanding lead by running back Anthony Wales.

Wales rushed for 209 yards and four touchdowns, Mike White threw for 421 and three more scores and Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44 on Saturday in the Conference USA championship game.

The Hilltoppers (10-3) and Bulldogs (8-5), who won the regular-season matchup 55-52 on Oct. 6, combined for 1,163 yards of total offense in the highest scoring championship game in C-USA history. It is the second straight title for Western Kentucky, which is headed to its third bowl in a row and fourth in five years.

Following a 1-yard run by Kam McKnight that gave the Bulldogs their only lead of the second half at 38-34, Western Kentucky would take control in outscoring the Bulldogs 24-6 over the final 24 minutes.

Wales would score twice on runs of 15 and 13 yards, with the last proving to be the backbreaker and provided the final margin.

Wales also had a receiving touchdown with five catches for 53 yards.

Ryan Higgins threw for 502 yards and three touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

THE TAKEAWAY

Western Kentucky: Wales was named the Most Outstanding Player after his 36-carry effort, and drew praise from his head coach Jeff Brohm.

''He's (Wales) an outstanding player and every game that we have him, we're going to be a very good football team,'' said Brohm. ''He carries the load for us and even one time today he wanted to come out and I tried to talk him into going back in. Luckily I think we took a timeout and he stayed in. But he carried the load.''

Louisiana Tech: After coming from behind to take a 38-34 lead with 13:15 remaining in the third quarter, the Bulldogs were outscored 24-6 the remainder of the second half.

''Losing stinks,'' coach Skip Holtz said. ''Give them credit, they made the plays they needed to make, but I though we missed several plays in the second half that we should have made.''

HERE TO HELP

Western Kentucky became the first team in conference history to host back-to-back C-USA title games and win both on their home field, and in the process set several league and national records.

In today's game, the two teams combined for a conference record 1,163 yards and102 points, both conference record. The combined 102 points set an NCAA record for combined points in a conference championship game.

UP NEXT

Western Kentucky: A bowl game, with location and opponent to be announced Sunday.

Louisiana Tech: A likely bowl game, with location and opponent to be announced on Sunday.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.

Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:58
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
44
58
Touchdown 0:58
20-A.Wales runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
83
yds
04:37
pos
44
57
Field Goal 7:24
88-S.Simcox 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
25
yds
04:52
pos
44
51
Field Goal 14:13
10-J.Barnes 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-52
yds
00:47
pos
44
48
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:05
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
48
Touchdown 4:05
20-A.Wales runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
40
yds
00:48
pos
41
47
Field Goal 5:50
88-S.Simcox 28 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
1
yds
04:22
pos
41
41
Point After TD 10:17
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
38
Touchdown 10:17
15-K.McKnight runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
34
yds
02:58
pos
40
38
Point After TD 13:15
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
38
Touchdown 13:15
14-R.Higgins complete to 15-K.McKnight. 15-K.McKnight runs 53 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
70
yds
01:38
pos
33
38
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:05
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
38
Touchdown 5:05
14-M.White complete to 2-T.Taylor. 2-T.Taylor runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
23
yds
03:09
pos
27
37
Field Goal 8:32
10-J.Barnes 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
26
yds
01:38
pos
27
31
Point After TD 10:17
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
31
Touchdown 10:17
14-M.White complete to 2-T.Taylor. 2-T.Taylor runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
72
yds
00:43
pos
24
30
Point After TD 11:06
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
24
Touchdown 11:06
14-R.Higgins complete to 3-J.Craft. 3-J.Craft runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
79
yds
03:49
pos
23
24
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
24
Touchdown 0:00
14-M.White complete to 20-A.Wales. 20-A.Wales runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
68
yds
01:28
pos
17
23
Point After TD 1:34
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 1:34
14-R.Higgins complete to 1-C.Henderson. 1-C.Henderson runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
63
yds
01:58
pos
16
17
Point After TD 3:38
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 3:38
20-A.Wales runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
90
yds
02:05
pos
10
16
Point After TD 5:43
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
10
Touchdown 5:53
14-M.White incomplete. Intended for 11-L.Jackson INTERCEPTED by 24-L.Sneed at WKY 48. 24-L.Sneed runs 48 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
48
yds
0:00
pos
9
10
Point After TD 7:40
88-S.Simcox extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 7:40
20-A.Wales runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
70
yds
02:31
pos
3
9
Field Goal 10:24
10-J.Barnes 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
18
yds
01:26
pos
3
3
Field Goal 12:01
88-S.Simcox 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
4
yds
02:54
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 26 31
Rushing 5 13
Passing 20 15
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 5-14 6-11
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 540 656
Total Plays 79 72
Avg Gain 6.8 9.1
Net Yards Rushing 5 235
Rush Attempts 22 41
Avg Rush Yards 0.2 5.7
Net Yards Passing 535 421
Comp. - Att. 35-57 21-31
Yards Per Pass 9.4 13.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-33 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-64 7-75
Touchdowns 5 7
Rushing TDs 1 4
Passing TDs 3 3
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 5-39.0 0-0.0
Return Yards 188 182
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 9-140 8-182
Int. - Returns 1-48 1-0
Kicking 8/8 10/11
Extra Points 5/5 7/7
Field Goals 3/3 3/4
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Louisiana Tech 8-5 171014344
W. Kentucky 10-3 2414101058
535 PASS YDS 421
5 RUSH YDS 235
540 TOTAL YDS 656
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Higgins 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.4% 502 3 1 149.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.8% 4208 37 8 166.6
R. Higgins 35/57 502 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Scott 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 482 5
B. Scott 6 25 0 7
J. Craft 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
174 1011 9
J. Craft 5 14 0 4
K. McKnight 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 32 7
K. McKnight 1 1 1 1
C. Henderson 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 133 2
C. Henderson 1 -2 0 -2
R. Higgins 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 -33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 284 3
R. Higgins 9 -33 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Henderson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 202 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
72 1406 17
C. Henderson 9 202 1 74
T. Taylor 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 108 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
124 1570 10
T. Taylor 11 108 0 39
K. McKnight 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 57 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 298 3
K. McKnight 2 57 1 53
C. Smith 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 56 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 135 0
C. Smith 4 56 0 21
R. Bonnette 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 178 0
R. Bonnette 2 26 0 18
J. Craft 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 22 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 339 4
J. Craft 5 22 1 7
B. Scott 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 125 0
B. Scott 1 20 0 20
A. Smith 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 225 1
A. Smith 1 11 0 11
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. Farris 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
R. Farris 7-1 0.0 0
L. Grogan 11 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
L. Grogan 7-0 0.0 0
B. Durman 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
B. Durman 7-1 0.0 0
L. Sneed 24 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
L. Sneed 6-0 0.0 1
X. Woods 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 5 0.0
X. Woods 4-1 0.0 0
J. Ferguson 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
J. Ferguson 4-3 0.0 0
S. Cooper 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Cooper 3-0 0.0 0
J. Bradford 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
J. Bradford 2-3 0.0 0
C. Noland-Lewis 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Noland-Lewis 1-0 0.0 0
A. Brown 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Brown 1-1 0.0 0
K. Garner 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Garner 1-0 0.0 0
D. Canty 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Canty 1-0 0.0 0
C. Johnson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
C. Johnson 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Barnes 10 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 5/5
SEASON FG XP
20/25 71/72
J. Barnes 3/3 36 5/5 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. McPherson 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 30.7 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 34.0 0
L. McPherson 3 30.7 0 38
G. Shouse 28 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 51.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 43.0 1
G. Shouse 2 51.5 1 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Henderson 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 11.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 30.4 13 2
C. Henderson 3 11.0 13 0
B. Scott 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 23.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 21.6 27 0
B. Scott 3 23.0 27 0
A. Smith 21 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 12.7 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 19.2 22 0
A. Smith 3 12.7 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. White 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.7% 421 3 1 207.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.4% 4027 34 6 181.0
M. White 21/31 421 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Wales 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
36 209 4
SEASON ATT YDS TD
202 1376 24
A. Wales 36 209 4 26
N. Norris 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 221 1
N. Norris 1 26 0 26
M. White 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 -70 0
M. White 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Taylor 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 194 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
89 1586 16
T. Taylor 7 194 2 55
N. Norris 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 150 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
73 1253 13
N. Norris 6 150 0 42
A. Wales 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 53 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 239 2
A. Wales 5 53 1 27
L. Jackson 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 369 2
L. Jackson 3 24 0 11
S. Johnson 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 110 2
S. Johnson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Leston 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
B. Leston 7-0 0.0 1
J. Brown 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
J. Brown 6-0 0.0 0
K. Brown 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 2.0
K. Brown 6-1 2.0 0
J. Iyiegbuniwe 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
J. Iyiegbuniwe 5-2 0.0 0
J. Gardner 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Gardner 4-1 0.0 0
L. Johnson 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
L. Johnson 4-0 0.0 0
D. Simmons 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
D. Simmons 4-1 0.0 0
D. Greene 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Greene 2-0 0.0 0
N. Dawson-Brents 12 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.5
N. Dawson-Brents 2-1 2.5 0
D. Overstreet 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.5
D. Overstreet 1-2 0.5 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
J. Lewis 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Lewis 1-0 0.0 0
C. Johnson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Johnson 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Simcox 88 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/4 7/7
SEASON FG XP
15/20 64/64
S. Simcox 3/4 34 7/7 16
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Johnson 18 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 2.5 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 6.4 8 0
S. Johnson 4 2.5 8 0
S. Donatell 87 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 -3.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 7.2 0 0
S. Donatell 2 -3.0 0 0
K. Towner 81 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 89.0 57 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
25 40.8 57 1
K. Towner 2 89.0 57 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:50 LATECH 16 1:26 5 76 FG
7:34 LATECH 22 1:03 3 2 Punt
3:32 LATECH 37 1:58 7 63 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 LATECH 21 3:49 8 79 TD
10:10 LATECH 9 1:38 7 72 FG
4:57 LATECH 17 2:12 5 23 Punt
0:52 LATECH 20 0:19 4 4
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 LATECH 35 1:38 6 65 TD
13:15 WKY 29 2:58 8 29 TD
5:45 LATECH 25 0:46 3 -7 Punt
3:57 LATECH 21 3:39 12 66
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WKY 13 0:47 4 -52 FG
14:08 LATECH 32 1:42 7 9 Punt
7:12 LATECH 26 1:29 6 13 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 WKY 31 2:54 8 4 FG
10:11 WKY 30 2:31 7 70 TD
6:17 WKY 38 0:24 1 5 INT
5:43 WKY 25 2:05 8 75 TD
1:28 WKY 37 1:28 4 63 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:00 WKY 28 0:43 2 72 TD
8:14 LATECH 23 3:09 7 23 TD
2:39 WKY 31 1:42 11 65 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:12 WKY 34 4:22 10 1 FG
4:53 LATECH 40 0:48 2 40 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:16 WKY 20 4:52 11 63 FG
5:35 WKY 17 4:37 9 83 TD
0:50 WKY 13 0:30 3 -3