NCAAF Game Recap - Army at Western Kentucky
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

Ala
47
TxAM
28
F
FlaSt
14
Clem
45
F
SCar
20
UGA
17
F(1OT)
Fla
28
LSU
42
F
Okla
34
Tex
27
F
MSU
0
Wisc
38
F
USC
27
ND
30
F
PSU
17
Iowa
12
F
Colo
3
Oreg
45
F
Hawaii
37
Boise
59
F
Utah
52
OreSt
7
F
Mich
42
Ill
25
F
WaSt
34
AzSt
38
F
Lou
62
Wake
59
F
UVA
9
MiaFL
17
F
TxTch
30
Bayl
33
F(1OT)
Mem
28
Temp
30
F
Cin
38
Hou
23
F
App
17
ULLaf
7
F
Syr
10
NCSt
16
F
ULMon
24
TxSt
14
F
ColSt
35
NM
21
F
MiaOH
16
WestMI
38
F
Toled
7
BGSU
20
F
MisSt
10
Tenn
20
F
MD
14
Purd
40
F
Rut
0
Ind
35
F
GATec
23
Duke
41
F
Ball
29
E Mi
23
F
OD
17
Marsh
31
F
NMSt
28
C Mi
42
F
NIU
39
Ohio
36
F
Kent
26
Akr
3
F
BYU
23
SoFL
27
F
UConn
7
Tul
49
F
SJSU
38
Nev
41
F
UNLV
34
Vand
10
F
IASt
38
WVU
14
F
URI
17
VaTec
34
F
MidTN
13
FlAtl
28
F
GASt
31
CoCar
21
F
UAB
33
UTSA
14
F
Fres
24
AF
43
F
Army
8
W Ky
17
F
NorTx
27
SMiss
45
F
Miss
27
Mizzu
38
F
UMass
21
LaTec
69
F
Char
23
FLInt
48
F
Navy
45
Tuls
17
F
Neb
7
Minn
34
F
Ark
20
KY
24
F
Wyo
22
SDSU
26
F
Wash
51
Ariz
27
F

Oct 12, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Army (3-3)

0

0

0

8

8

Western Kentucky (4-2)

7

0

3

7

17

Storey's 2 TD runs help Western Kentucky beat Army 17-8
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:31 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Western Kentucky started preparation in the spring, expecting Army to control the clock and the line of scrimmage.

The game plan: beat the Black Knights at their own.

The Hilltoppers did just that, controlling the pace and holding Army to a season-low in offensive production.

Ty Storey had two quarterback sneaks for touchdowns and Western Kentucky beat Army 17-8 on Saturday night.

"I think we held it for 38 minutes, which was normally what they do," Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton said. "We knew we were going to have to do that to beat this football team."

Western Kentucky held possession for 38:07 and the Hilltoppers averaged 4.4 yards per rush, totaling a season-best 225 yards rushing while converting 10-of-16 third-down attempts.

The Black Knights (3-3) were shutout until Kelvin Hopkins Jr.'s 8-yard touchdown pass to Malik Hancock with 1:41 left. The Hilltoppers (4-2) recovered the onside kick and improved to 3-0 all-time against Army.

Western Kentucky held Army to a season-low 137 yards rushing and held the Black Knights to 3 of 11 on third-down attempts. Until the Black Knights' late touchdown, the Hilltoppers hadn't allowed a touchdown in nine straight quarters.

Army's back-to-back losses have produced its lowest rushing output for a team that entered the game ranked eighth in the country at 273 yards per game. The Black Knights were limited to 193 yards rushing in a home loss to Tulane last week.

"Really disappointed with the way we played," Army coach Jeff Monken said. "They outplayed us, they out-toughed us. They ran the ball and we didn't run it. They did everything they needed to to win the game and we sure didn't."

Storey completed 21 of 30 passes for 140 yards and finished with 62 yards rushing. Gaej Walker added 132 yards rushing for Western Kentucky.

The Hilltoppers found the end zone on their opening drive on a keeper by Storey and freshman kicker Cory Munson made a 22-yard field goal to extend Western Kentucky's lead to 10-0 midway through the third quarter.

Army's best drive featured its first completion on a 31-yard connection from Hopkins to Artice Hobbs, but three plays inside the WKU 10 and a missed field goal from David Cooper kept the Black Knights scoreless until the late touchdown.

The Hilltoppers put the game out of reach with a 17-play drive that chewed nearly 9 1/2 minutes off the clock and ended with Storey's second touchdown with 4:02 left.

"They did a good job with times and they had one long drive with seven points and we were fortunate it was only 7-0 at halftime," Monken said. "They just wore us down."

Helton now has the Hilltoppers within two games of bowl eligibility after the team won just three games last season. The former Tennessee offensive coordinator returned to WKU where he also ran the offense in 2014 and 2015 to lead the program back to its not-so-distant days as a C-USA power.

"It sets us on a path where our team finally realizes that yes we can be a really good football team," Helton said. "It makes a statement about our football team and what they're trying to accomplish."

DEFENSE LEADS THE WAY

Western Kentucky's defense has been the key factor in three straight wins. Army was held to 0-for-6 on third down in the first half to set the tone for the rest of the night.

THE TAKEAWAY

Western Kentucky has won four of its last five to eclipse its win total from 2018.

Army will regroup after two straight losses with season-low offensive production. The late touchdown prevented a shutout that Army hasn't had since 2014.

UP NEXT

Army stays down south with a trip to Atlanta to face Georgia State next Saturday.

Western Kentucky returns to Conference USA play to host Charlotte.

Passing

Army Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Hopkins Jr. 12 5 41.7 1 71 31 0 89.2
W Ky Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Storey 30 21 70.0 0 140 22 0 79.9

Rushing

Army Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. McCoy 11 41 3.7 8 0
K. Hopkins Jr. 8 31 3.9 11 0
W Ky Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Walker 25 132 5.3 16 0
T. Storey 17 62 3.6 15 2

Receiving

Army Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Hobbs IV 1 31 31.0 31 0
C. Harrison 2 22 11.0 14 0
W Ky Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Simon 1 0 0.0 0 0
L. Jackson 5 45 9.0 22 0

Fumbles

Returning

Army KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
E. Riley 0 - 0 0 2 2.5 0 5
W Ky KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Bush 0 - 0 0 2 3.5 0 6
G. LaFrance 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0

Punting

Army Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Harding 4 187 46.8 53
Z. Potter 1 35 35.0 35
W Ky Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Haggerty 2 98 49.0 58

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Army W Ky
Points For 8 17
Total Yards 208 365
Rushing Yards 137 225
Passing Yards 71 140
Passing Completions / Attempts 5/12 21/30
Turnovers 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 10 26
Penalties - Yards 2/30 2/28
Time Of Possession 53:53 7:07
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/11 10/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 2/3
Punts - Average Yards 5/44 2/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Army W Ky
W Ky 10:14 TD Ty Storey 1 yd run (Cory Munson kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Army W Ky
No scores this quarter
3rd Quarter Army W Ky
W Ky 7:33 FG Cory Munson 22 yd FG 0 10
4th Quarter Army W Ky
W Ky 10:58 TD Ty Storey 1 yd run (Cory Munson kick) 0 17
Army 13:19 TD Malik Hancock 8 yd pass from Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (MALIK HANCOCK 2pt run) 8 17

Game Information

Stadium: Houchens-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Attendance: 16,107
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