Michael McCammon

Hilltoppers fell 52-55 at Louisiana Tech on Thursday night

A fourth quarter rally came up short as the Hilltoppers fell 52-55 at Louisiana Tech on Thursday night

WKU entered the fourth quarter at Louisiana Tech trailing the hosts by 21 points.  With a defense that had yet to force a punt from the Bulldogs, a victory seemed  seemed out of the question as the final quarter began.

Who are we to doubt?  Never phased, WKU's high-powered offense found the end zone twice in the final quarter and a special teams score following La Tech's first punt had us all wondering if a comeback was possible.  A victory began to seem likely when the Hilltopper defense forced a second punt with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

Enjoying what was shaping into a career-best outing, quarterback Mike White was sacked and lost control of the ball on the first play of what could have been a game-winning drive.  Just as the rally was transitioning into reality, it abruptly ended.  White threw for 350 yards while posting career-best numbers for pass attempts (36), completions (50) and touchdowns (5).

White's fumble was the fourth, second lost, of the game for Western Kentucky.  Anthony Wales lost a ball in the third quarter that was converted into a five-play, 22-yard touchdown drive that pushed the Bulldogs lead to 49-24.

The Hilltoppers offense had 427 total yards, with the Bulldogs posting 561 yards of total offense.

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Up next for WKU is a trip to rival Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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