Hilltoppers won the Conference USA East Division on Saturday night

Western Kentucky will head to the Conference USA Championship for a second straight season

Western Kentucky (9-3, 7-1) dominated host Marshall on both sides of the line of scrimmage on Saturday night to capture its second consecutive Conference USA East Division title and clinch a spot in the league's championship game next weekend.

Senior running back Anthony Wales enjoyed his sixth 100-yard outing of the season, rushing for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns to highlight the Hilltoppers 60-6 victory - the worst-ever loss at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, and its worst overall loss since 1977. The two scores lifts Wales rushing touchdown total to 20 on the season, establishing a new single season record.

Kylen Towner started WKU's high-scoring affair with a 96-yard return on the game's opening kickoff.  Quarterback Mike White threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns.  Taywan Taylor hauled in a team-high five catches for 52 yards and a first quarter score.. 

Freshman back Quinton Baker ran over 100-yards for the second time in his career, going for 104 yards and a touchdown.  It marked the first time the WKU has had two 100-yard rushers in a game since Sept.9, 2012.

Using a balance of run and pass, the WKU offense posted 462 yards.

Linebacker Keith Brown registered a career-best 14 stops to lead a defense that held Marshall's offense to just 230 yards.

Western Kentucky will host Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA Championship game at Houchens-Smith Stadium on Saturday.  The meeting will be a rematch of the Oct. 6 meeting that saw the Bulldogs win a 55-52 thriller at home to hand WKU its lone league loss.


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