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