Following a first quarter start that saw them manage just 24 yards of offense, Western Kentucky found its rhythm in the second quarter and outpaced visiting Southern Miss for a 45-28 victory to claim the program's first conference title in its FBS era.
WKU became the first program in Conference USA history to go undefeated in the regular season and win the league's title game.
"This is a huge victory, a big win, especially to win it in that sort of fashion when you’re down 21-7 at the end of first half," said WKU head coach Jeff Brohm. "To find a way to comeback and not only tie it up, but to play extremely well in the second half, all the credit goes to our players. We work hard as coaches, without question, to put our guys in the best position to win and succeed. I think we do a pretty good job of it, but really it comes down to players making plays. On both sides of the ball, even special teams, our guys made plays. They found a way. They’re tough. They’re resilient. They’ve got great character. They have a chip on they’re shoulder. They play hungry. They play together. Really nothing bothers them, they just continue to fight and battle. That’s a big reason they’ve achieved what they have this year so couldn’t be happier for them, but huge victory for our program."
The Hilltoppers finished with 521 yards of offense, with quarterback Brandon Doughty completing 34 of 52 pass attempts for 410 yards and three touchdowns. The WKU defense forced four turnovers, including a trio of interceptions, to hold the Golden Eagles in check.
Trailing 21-7 in the second quarter, WKU responded with two quick touchdowns to even the score at the break and spark the largest comeback victory in C-USA Championship history.
Following the game, Brohm stated that WKU "is where I want to be."
Here's the post-game press conference.