The Western Kentucky University football team’s offense only generated 10 points this past Saturday at Houchens Industries L.T. Smith Stadium at Feix Field but it was enough to snap their two game losing streak as they defeated the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 10-7.
The Hilltoppers improve to 3-6 overall for the season, 2-3 in Conference USA, while the Golden Eagles fall to 1-3 in the conference, 2-6 overall.
“Great win tonight. I’m very, very proud of our football team,” Hilltoppers head coach Tyson Helton said in a release. “I can’t say enough for them just battling back coming off of a tough loss we had last week. To battle like they did again tonight just says so much about them. Particularly my hat’s off to our defense. Phenomenal job. I just can’t say enough. Just very impressive back-to-back weeks of total domination, to be honest with you, out there on the field, and that’s what you want a defense to do. It was a very exciting, close game, but man, I’m just happy to get the win.”
Graduate transfer quarterback led the Hilltoppers’ offense 99 yards in nine plays on their first possession for a touchdown as his 5-yard run gave them a 7-0 lead.
The Hilltoopers added a 24-yard field goal from redshirt sophomore Brayden Harveson for a 10-0 lead at halftime.
WKU had 204 yards of total offense, 152 passing with 52 rushing, and Southern Miss had 82 yards rushing with 31 yards passing for 113 yards of total offense.
The Golden Eagles made it a one score game in the 4th Quarter as the 6-yard touchdown run by redshirt senior Kevin Perkins capped off a 12 play, 90-yard scoring drive that made the score 10-7.
But the Hilltoppers’ defense held the Golden Eagles’ offense twice from tying or taking the lead as they held off their late rallies for the 10-7 victory.
WKU outgained Southern Mississippi 304 — 221 in total yards of offense. Pigrome completed 19 of his 30 passes for 183 yards. Redshirt junior Jakari Moses led the team with 40 yards rushing on 12 carries with redshirt senior Gaej Walker with 11 carries for 37 yards and Pigrome had 14 carries for 32 yards with a touchdown.
Redshirt sophomore Trey Lowe completed six of his 14 passes for 67 yards. Perkins had a game high of 71 yards on eight carries for a touchdown and freshman Frank Gore, Jr,. son of NFL pro football player Frank Gore who was in attendance to watch him play, had 14 carries for 66 yards.
Senior DeAngelo Moore set the program record for career sacks with 25, surpassing Quanterus Smith. He is also a tackle for loss of yards away from breaking Andrew Jackson’s program record of 43. Also with six tackles, redshirt senior Devon Key broke the program record for career tackles with 329, surpassing Jackson’s mark.
WKU plays their final home game of the season when they host the FIU Panthers on Saturday. Kickoff time is at 1 p.m. and 1220 WFKN Franklin radio will join the Hilltopper IMG Big Red Radio Sports Network for the broadcast of the game beginning at noon.