Scores

Final

E Kentucky 6

(1-2, 0-2 away)

W Kentucky 26

(2-1, 2-0 home)

3:00 PM ET, September 15, 2007

L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY

1 2 3 4 T
EKY 3 0 3 06
WKU 0 12 7 726

Top Performers

Passing: A. Holland (EKY) - 83 YDS

Rushing: M. Dunn (EKY) - 13 CAR, 43 YDS

Receiving: G. Phelps (EKY) - 2 REC, 29 YDS

W. Kentucky 26, E. Kentucky 6

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- One week after scoring a school-record 87 points, Western Kentucky relied on defense and special teams to defeat in-state rival Eastern Kentucky 26-6 Saturday.

The Hilltoppers (2-1), who scored 49 first-quarter points against West Virginia Tech, needed a safety from their defense and a blocked punt for a touchdown from their special teams to put away the Colonels (1-2).

Western Kentucky trailed 3-0 after the first quarter when Alonzo Higgins put the Hilltoppers on the scoreboard by tackling Eastern Kentucky running back Bobby Washington for a three-yard loss in the end zone for a safety.

After the ensuing free kick, backup quarterback K.J. Black, a redshirt freshman, directed the Hilltoppers to their only offensive touchdown of the first half, hitting receiver Quinterrance Cooper from seven yards out to cap the 63-yard march and put Western Kentucky ahead 9-3.

The Hilltoppers? defense and special teams continued to carry the load, as Bo Smith's interception set up Chris James? 35-yard field goal that put Western Kentucky up 12-3 at the half.

Special teams came through with a big play on the opening series of the second half, as Jihad Morris broke through the Eastern Kentucky line and blocked a Benton Kuszmaul punt and teammate Stephen Willis fell on it in the end zone to give the Hilltoppers a 19-3 advantage.

The Hilltopper's offense struggled to put together drives for much of the day and had just 1 net yard rushing in the first half. But Black, spelling starter David Wolke for the second time in the game, directed an eight-play, 46-yard fourth-quarter touchdown drive that sealed the game. Tyrell Hadyen scored from a yard out with 1:42 to play to account for the final margin.

Eastern Kentucky's points came on two Taylor Long field goals from 26 and 23 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EKY
WKU
1st Downs1226
Total Yards215422
Passing83286
Rushing132136
Penalties5-347-71
3rd Down Conversions3-149-17
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers13
Possession24:3535:25

Passing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holland13/23833.600
Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wolke16/281726.101

Rushing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dunn13433.3018
Washington11433.9013
Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hayden20472.4113
Wolke10404.0012

Receiving Leaders

Eastern KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Phelps22914.5023
Barber22512.5013
Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hamilton1213911.6022
Cooper46115.3131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREKYWKU
FG10:57Taylor Long 26 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTEREKYWKU
SF13:00Bobby Washington Tackled By Alonzo Higgins In End Zone 32
TD08:29Quinterrance Cooper 7 Yd Pass From K.J. Black (Chris James Kick) 39
FG05:18Chris James 35 Yd 312
THIRD QUARTEREKYWKU
TD12:47Stephen Willis Recovered Blocked Punt In End Zone (Chris James Kick) 319
FG02:33Taylor Long 23 Yd 619
FOURTH QUARTEREKYWKU
TD01:42Tyrell Hayden 1 Yd Run (Chris James Kick) 626