Western Kentucky University's football team won a huge game on Thursday night at home, beating Louisiana Tech in a key Confernece-USA early-season battle. But the Toppers might have lost one of their best players.
The Toppers hung on for a 41-38 victory when backup running back DeAndre Ferby scored on a 1-yard run and then caught a two-point conversion late int he fourth quarter. The Bulldogs scored late to make the final score and then didn't get the onsides kick.
WKU played almost the entire second half without running back Leon Allen, who suffered a leg injury and was taken to the hospital. WKU coach Jeff Brohm said there was no word on his condition late Thursday night but it didn't look good for Allen.
The senior rushed for over 1,500 yards last season and Brohm called him the team's "Most Valuable Player."
But still the game went on and Ferby stepped up.
Allen left the game and WKU's offense sputtered a bit but the Toppers did re-group behind Ferby and quartrback Brandon Doughty. Ferby's TB gave the Toppers a 38-24 lead with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.
Louisiana Tech scored twice in the fourth quarter but WKU added a field goal and the on-sides kick didn't work out.
Doughty was 28 of 38 passing for 441 yards and one touchdown, while Florida transfer Jeff Driskel was 28 of 48 for 357 yards and two TDs for Louisiana Tech. Ferby carried 14 times for 39 yards in the game.
WKU (2-0) will take a seven-game winning streak to Bloomington, Ind., next Saturday for a 4 p.m. game against Indiana.