Scores

Final/OT

W Kentucky 31

(4-4, 4-1 C-USA)

UL Monroe 28

(2-6, 1-3 Sun Belt)

3:30 PM ET, October 29, 2011

Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA

1 2 3 4 OT T
WKU 0 13 7 8 331
ULM 0 7 0 21 028

Top Performers

Passing: K. Browning (ULM) - 365 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Rainey (WKU) - 30 CAR, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Harper (ULM) - 8 REC, 110 YDS, 1 TD

W. Kentucky 31, Louisiana-Monroe 28, OT

Associated Press

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."

Jakes threw two TD passes -- 13 yards to Mitchell Henry and 15 yards to Rainey -- and Kadeem Jones scored on a 1-yard run to stake the Hilltoppers to a 20-7 lead with 2:40 left in the third quarter.

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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Team Stat Comparison

 
WKU
ULM
1st Downs1930
Total Yards283456
Passing155365
Rushing12891
Penalties8-6611-76
3rd Down Conversions9-177-18
4th Down Conversions1-12-3
Turnovers21
Possession31:5928:01

Passing Leaders

Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jakes13/221557.021
Louisiana-MonroeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Browning29/593656.221

Rushing Leaders

Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rainey301043.5125
Evans4194.808
Louisiana-MonroeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Browning15291.9123
Maye22512.5013

Receiving Leaders

Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rainey44711.8119
Henry23718.5124
Louisiana-MonroeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harper811013.8122
Leonard68013.3029

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERWKUULM
TD13:50Mitchell Bailey 5 Yd Run. (Justin Manton Kick) 07
TD08:48Mitchell Henry 13 Yd Pass From Kawaun Jakes. (Pat Blocked) 67
TD03:21Kadeem Jones 1 Yd Run. (Jesse Roy Kick) 137
THIRD QUARTERWKUULM
TD02:40Bobby Rainey 15 Yd Pass From Kawaun Jakes. (Jesse Roy Kick) 207
FOURTH QUARTERWKUULM
TD04:49Colby Harper 22 Yd Pass From Kolton Browning. (Justin Manton Kick) 2014
TD01:00Kolton Browning 6 Yd Run. (Justin Manton Kick) 2021
TD00:38Bobby Rainey 4 Yd Run. (Kawaun Jakes Pass To Boe Brand For Two-Point Conversion) 2821
TD00:06Anthony McCall 7 Yd Pass From Kolton Browning. (Justin Manton Kick) 2828
OVERTIMEWKUULM
FGJesse Roy 24 Yd 3128