In a back and fourth game it came down to one untimed down and Freshmen kicker Corey Munson’s right leg. Munson would nail a 52 yard field goal to give WKU their 9th win on the season and a victory in the Servpro First Responder Bowl.
Here’s how Hilltopper Nation and the internet reacted to the kick.
Here’s a view from inside the stadium as the kick goes through.
In a rainy, nasty, close game Western Kentucky pulls out the victory against rival Middle Tennessee.
Many things happened in this game, but it boils down to the fake punt ran by MTSU in the 4th fourth quarter that ultimately cost them the game. WKU would soon capitalize on that mistake and never look back.
WKU Head Coach Tyson Helton finishes the regular season 8-4 and will be going to a bowl game later to be named.
Former WKU coach Mike Stanford only won game 9 games in his 2 seasons at the helm for WKU.
A convincing win down in Hattiesburg this afternoon, Western Kentucky handles Southern Miss. 28-10.
Let me know if you’ve heard this one before, WKU’s defense carries them to victory. Allowing just 10 points to what was considered a high powered offense for Southern Miss.
With this win Western Kentucky moves to 7-4 on the year with a chance to win 8 next weekend with MTSU coming to town. If you would have told me that after the season opening lost to UCA I would call you crazy, but here we are. Credit to Tyson Helton and staff for the turnaround.
Western Kentucky graduate transfer Ty Storey is no stranger to Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville Arkansas, but Saturday he experienced a new first on that field; a win. He appeared in 15 games over three seasons with Arkansas, starting nine a year ago, but he never won a game as a starter. From the opening kick you could tell he had the leadership and energy to fire his teammates and finally walk off a winner. WKU showed poise on both sides of the ball against an SEC opponent, regardless of their record. This led to a 49-19 beatdown on the road that ensures them a 13th game.
Opening the game, Western Kentucky’s Antwon Kincade picked off the Hogs second pass of the game, giving WKU the early momentum they would not relinquish. The ensuing drive would set the pace for the game as Storey and Co steadily marched down the field, converting two fourth downs before Jacquez Sloan took the double option handoff 19 yards for the Toppers first score. Shortly afterward Arkansas RB Rakeem Boyd broke through the Hilltopper line for a 76 yard touchdown that would be their lone score of the half. Western Kentucky meanwhile, would get 7 on each of their remaining four drives in the first half. Ty Storey ran in touchdowns in each of the next two drives, on his way to 77 yards rushing. Jacour Pearson got in on the fun the next time around, getting wide open in route to a 69 yard touchdown pass from Storey, who finished with 213 yards and one touchdown passing, as well as protecting the ball and not taking any sacks. Gaej Walker pushed the score to 35-7 to go to the locker room on his lone touchdown run of the day, but put up 129 rushing yards on the day to lead his team. Pearson led all WR with 10 catches for 120 yards, including a few early fourth downs. Lucky Jackson added 7 catches for 70 yards.
Defensively, the Tops looked to be their old selves for the most part. Two 70+ yard runs by Rakeem Boyd are the only reason this game looked as respectable as it did, and even they were blemished by missed PATs qnd a two point conversion. After Kincade’s interception to start the game, Devon Key one upped him by catching a bad pass and running it in for the Tops lone TD in the second half. WKU was able to contain Arkansas all game no matter who they played. Cory Munson, the kicker, was perfect today with one field goal and six PAT. His best play of the game though might not even be a kick. After kicking a squib kick down the middle, Munson raced to the returner before tackling him on the Arkansas 14 yard line. It was an all around good day for the Tops.
With bowl eligibility already in grasp and a quarterback who is one of the most accurate in all of College football, WKU will look to stay explosive on offense and precise on defense. Next week the Hilltoppers have a bye before traveling to Mississippi to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles before closing the season out at home vs. MTSU.
After a nice lopsided homecoming victory WKU is now just 1 game away from being bowl eligible this season. Now, after 4 straight WKU is looking like a bowl game isn’t the first thing on their minds, maybe a conference championship game is something that looks possible now and it looks like virtual lock this team will be back in a bowl after a 1 year drought. This is after having 4 straight years with playing in a bowl game.
When Coach Helton came to WKU he said it’s all about winning championships here and he had started to make that look true with a hot start in conference play of 4-0, and a 5-2 overall record.
Here is what the experts think of WKU bowl games :
CBS Sports – Jerry Palm is still disrespecting WKU by not putting them in a bowl game.
247 Sports – Gasparilla Bowl vs UCF
ESPN – Gasparilla Bowl vs UCF or First Responders Bowl vs Texas Tech
Sporting News – New Orleans Bowl vs Appalachian State
Vegas bookmakers continue to doubt Western Kentucky. Sunday evening Vegas Sportsbooks opened the line in favor of Marshall at -4.5 and the O/U total at 46.5 since the opening of the line it has since moved in favor of Marshall, now at -6.5.
Western Kentucky is 5-2 this season and 4-0 against the spread in their last 4. Western is rolling hot into Huntington and a -6.5 point underdog is baffling in a rivalry game.
Safe to say my money is on the Hilltoppers. Underdogs?! Crazy!