Scores

Final

Southern Miss 17

(0-3, 0-1 C-USA)

W Kentucky 42

(3-1, 0-0 C-USA)

7:00 PM ET, September 22, 2012

L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY

1 2 3 4 T
USM 0 3 7 717
WKU 14 7 21 042

Top Performers

Passing: K. Jakes (WKU) - 172 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: A. Andrews (WKU) - 15 CAR, 136 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Andrews (WKU) - 4 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

W. Kentucky 42, Southern Miss. 17

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Western Kentucky's offensive line paved the way for 369 yards rushing on Saturday night as the Hilltoppers beat Southern Mississippi 42-17.

Antonio Andrews accounted for 136 rushing yards, 74 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Freshman Leon Allen rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

It was the 28th time Western Kentucky has had two 100-yard rushers, and the first time since 2008.

"Whenever you can get two 100-yard rushers, (the offensive line) is doing a great job," coach Willie Taggart said. "Those guys were physical, and they kept coming off the sideline saying, `Coach, keep running it."

Western Kentucky is 3-1 for the first time since 2008. Southern Miss is 0-3 for the first time since 1976.

Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes threw touchdown passes of 25, 36 and 2 yards. He finished the game 12 of 18 for 172 yards.

The Hilltoppers amassed 560 yards of total offense while playing in front of a crowd of 23,252 -- the biggest in school history.

"It's good to see the community come out and support us," defensive tackle Jamarcus Allen said. "We're on the way to do big things this season, and they're going to be behind us even more now."

While Western Kentucky ran and threw the ball with ease, the Hilltoppers' defense held Southern Miss to 264 yards.

Third-string quarterback Ricky Lloyd was Southern Miss' leading passer, going 4 for 5 for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Chris Campbell started and went 2 for 5 for 15 yards before getting knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a stinger in his neck.

His backup, Anthony Alford, was 2 for 7 for 14 yards.

The Hilltoppers scored the game's first 14 points, and they scored the next 28 after a Golden Eagles field goal.

Western Kentucky set the tone on its first drive, marching 71 yards in nine plays before Allen scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.

After forcing a three-and -out on Southern Miss' first possession, Western Kentucky marched 66 yards for another touchdown.

This time it was Jakes hitting Andrews on a 25-yard wheel route for his first touchdown of the day.

Southern Miss kicker Corey Acosta, who had missed a 38-yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter, nailed a 47-yard kick to cut Western Kentucky's lead to 14-3 in the second quarter.

But the Hilltoppers answered when Jakes found receiver Willie McNeal in the end zone on a 36-yard touchdown pass.

Western Kentucky kept adding to the lead, getting a 36-yard touchdown run up the middle from Andrews early in the third quarter. That put the Hilltoppers ahead 28-3.

Taggart said his squad ran the "iso" running play up the middle at least 20 times on Saturday in an ode to former Hilltoppers coach Jack Harbaugh.

Harbaugh, whose sons John and Jim coach the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, respectively, was honored before the game with the dedication of the new "Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Stadium Club" at Houchens-Smith Stadium.

"I told our team, `We're going to run Coach Harbaugh's play tonight," Taggart said. "Sure enough, those guys took pride in running it."

Jakes' final touchdown pass of the night, a 2-yarder to fullback Kadeem Jones, allowed him to tie Taggart's school record 47 total touchdowns.

A 1-yard dive by Hilltoppers backup fullback Nick Baisch later in the quarter pushed the Western Kentucky lead to 42-3.

Southern Miss came back with a 13-yard touchdown pass by third-string quarterback Lloyd to Tyre Bracken. Western Kentucky standout safety Jonathan Dowling was ejected from the game after hitting Bracken in the head after the catch.

Per Sun Belt Conference rules, Dowling must sit out the next game, which is a Sun Belt opener against defending league champ Arkansas State on Saturday night in Jonesboro, Ark.

Official word of a suspension by the league or appeal by Western Kentucky should come in the next few days.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
WKU
1st Downs1625
Total Yards264560
Passing101191
Rushing163369
Penalties8-538-95
3rd Down Conversions3-109-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers11
Possession24:1835:42

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lloyd4/57214.410
Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jakes12/181729.630

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson10393.9013
Hester33913.0035
Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Andrews151369.1136
Allen1113212.0146

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sullivan14646.0046
Sims2157.5014
Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Andrews47418.5134
McNeal13636.0136

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMWKU
TD09:33Leon Allen 1 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 07
TD05:52Antonio Andrews 25 Yd Pass From Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERUSMWKU
FG06:38Corey Acosta 47 Yd 314
TD03:13Willie McNeal 36 Yd Pass From Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 321
THIRD QUARTERUSMWKU
TD12:41Antonio Andrews 36 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 328
TD06:47Kadeem Jones 2 Yd Pass From Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 335
TD03:32Nick Baisch 1 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 342
TD02:03Tyre Bracken 13 Yd Pass From Ricky Lloyd (Corey Acosta Kick) 1042
FOURTH QUARTERUSMWKU
TD07:56Anthony Alford 1 Yd Run (Corey Acosta Kick) 1742