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Defensive end DeAngelo Malone set WKU’s career FBS sack record with 25 in the FBS era Saturday after getting two against the Golden Eagles. Safety Devon Key also broke the school record for most tackles in a career after recording six.
Offensively, two scoring plays were just enough to propel the team for its third win of the season. A 9-play, 91-yard opening drive to start the game sparked Hilltoppers. Quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome completed two consecutive passes to Xavier Lane for first downs and finished the drive with a five-yard touchdown run.
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On the next offensive drive, WKU burned more than nine minutes on the clock that ended in a 24-yard field goal by Brayden Narveson to extend the lead.
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Southern Mississippi made a late push to cut the lead to 10-7 after Kevin Perkins ran in for a six-yard touchdown. WKU held the Golden Eagles to 221 offensive yards for the whole game.
Pigrome completed 19 of his 30 passes for 183 yards and added 32 rushing yards. Lane led the game with five catches and 90 yards.
Western Kentucky will look to continue its momentum against Florida International next Saturday at 2 p.m.
Despite scoring 25 unanswered points to take a lead, it was only for a brief moment as Eastern Kentucky fell to Central Arkansas 37-25 Saturday.
The Colonels’ day appeared bleak when they allowed 24 straight points to start the game. EKU first got on the board on Alexander Woznick’s 27-yard field goal with 4:06 left in the first half after inserting redshirt freshman quarterback Isaiah Velez for Dakota Allen to spark the offense. Kmare Carey then intercepted a Bears’ pass on the next drive that resulted in Alonzo Booth scoring an eight-yard touchdown, though Woznick missed the PAT.
The momentum continued to the second half as Eastern Kentucky scored on three consecutive drives. After Woznick’s 36-yard field goal, Velez found Keyion Dixon for a two-yard touchdown pass. The young quarterback then scored on a two-yard run to put EKU up 25-24 with less than six minutes left in the third quarter.
But the EKU defense that held the Bears scoreless for nearly two quarters gave up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away with the victory.
Replacing Allen, Velez, who was sacked four times, completed 15 of his 19 passes for 151 yards while rushing for 52 yards as well. Booth finished ran the ball 33 times for 124 yards and a score. Along with Carey, Allante Leapheart also recorded an interception.
The Colonels (2-6) will play their final regular season game next Saturday at 3 p.m. against Western Carolina.