MONROE, La. -- Jesse Roy kicked a 24-yard field goal in overtime and Western Kentucky held on for a 31-28 victory over Louisiana-Monroe after the teams combined for 22 points in a wild final minute of regulation Saturday.
The Warhawks scored 21 fourth-quarter points, starting with Kolton Browning's 22-yard TD pass to Colby Harper with 4:49 remaining. Browning scored on a 6-yard run with 1 minute left for a 21-20 Louisiana-Monroe lead.
The Hilltoppers (4-4, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference) answered 22 seconds later on a 4-yard touchdown run by Bobby Rainey, set up by John Evans' 79-yard kickoff return. Kawaun Jakes connected with Boe Brand for the two-point conversion to make up for a blocked kick on Western Kentucky's first TD.
The Warhawks quickly covered 77 yards, with Browning hitting Anthony McCall for a 7-yard TD with 6 seconds left, forcing overtime.
Louisiana-Monroe (2-6, 1-3) had the first possession in overtime, but Browning was intercepted at the goal line by Derrius Brooks, who got in front of Je'Ron Hamm.
Western Kentucky has won four games in a row for the first time since 2005. The Warhawks won the previous two games in the series by a combined eight points.
"Our guys kept fighting the whole way and never gave up," Hilltoppers coach Willie Taggart said. "In the past, the end of this game might have been a situation where we folded, but that shows the growth and progress of our football team to go out and get the win."
Rainey, who came in averaging 130 yards per game, rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries and caught four passes for 47 yards and one score.
Jakes was 13 of 22 for 155 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Browning finished 29 of 59 for 365 yards -- all season highs -- as Louisiana Monroe outgained Western Kentucky 456 to 283 in total offense.
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