For a third consecutive season, Western Kentucky closes out its season with a bowl victory.
Despite concerns of a potential let-down following the departure of Jeff Brohm, the Hilltoppers rallied behind interim coach Nick Holt to produce a lopsided victory over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl.
Senior running back Anthony Wales picked up Offensive MVP honors after rushing for a career-high 245 yards on 35 attempts, scoring three touchdowns, to fuel WKU's 51-31 victory.
The 200-yard performance was the second of his career and established a new Boca Raton Bowl record.
The product of Louisville Central also hauled in four receptions for a career-high 84 yards to become the 1st player in FBS this season to have a game with 245 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns and 75 receiving yards.
Linebacker Keith Brown, a grad transfer from Louisville, capped his Hilltopper career with the Defensive MVP honor after registering eight stops and an interception.
Senior wide receiver Taywan Taylor collected nine catches for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Quarterback Mike White completed 20 of 30 attempts for 336 yards and a trio of touchdown passes.
The Hilltoppers offense out-gained the Tigers 598 yards to 491, but limited the Memphis ground game to just 76 total yards.