The Times-Tribune

Western Kentucky thumps Memphis

- BY STEVEN WINE

ASSOCIATED PRESS BOCA RATON, Fla. — 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, on Tuesday night in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Wales ran for a careerhigh 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.

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 run. The Hilltopper­s (11-3) totaled 598 yards for interim head coach Nick 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.

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

 ?? ADAM SACASA / SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL ?? Western Kentucky running back Anthony Wales finds a gap between Memphis defenders during the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla.
ADAM SACASA / SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL Western Kentucky running back Anthony Wales finds a gap between Memphis defenders during the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla.

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