Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bilo's Quick Boca Raton Bowl Recap

Western Kentucky 51, Memphis 31

WKU scored over 50 points for the 7th time in 2016, and they rode the running of Anthony Wales to the win over the Tigers in Boca Raton. Anthony Wales carried the football 35 times for 245 yards and 3 TDs on the day, and the Hilltoppers won their third consecutive bowl despite not having former head coach Jeff Brohm, who left for Purdue before the bowl. Wales has now rushed for 27 TDs on the season, which leads NCAA FBS football.
Riley Ferguson had a big game at QB for the losing Tigers, passing for 372 yards and 4 TDs, and Anthony Miller caught 3 of those scoring passes on 11 receptions for 151 yards.
The loss for Memphis ruined the bowl debut for Mike Norvell, who is in his first season as coach of the Tigers. It was the 2nd consecutive bowl loss for the Tigers.
WKU averaged 7.7 yards per play, while Memphis averaged 6.1.
Both teams combined for 1089 yards, 82 points, and 54 1st downs.
Taywan Taylor caught 9 passes for 144 yards and a score.
Memphis was held to 73 yards rushing on 32 carries on the day.
WKU QB Mike White passed for 336 yards and 3 scores in the win.
WKU had scored 44 points by the end of the 3rd quarter.

2017 season openers: Eastern Kentucky at Western Kentucky (9/2); UL-Monroe at Memphis (9/2)

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