|Date of game: 11/15/2014
Recap: Western Ky vs. Army
Bowling Green, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Leon Allen rumbled his way to three touchdowns and a Conference USA-record 345 rushing yards, as Western Kentucky dismantled the Army Black Knights, 52-24, at Smith Stadium.
Brandon Doughty threw for three touchdowns and ran for one more for the Hilltoppers (5-5), who have won three of their last four games and are now one victory away from bowl eligibility.
The Black Knights (3-7) dropped to 0-5 on the road this season, despite 131 rushing yards and a score from Larry Dixon, and another 78 yards and two TDs on the ground by quarterback Angel Santiago.
Santiago scored on a one-yard run put Army on top, 7-0, midway through the first quarter, capping a 12-play, 64-yard drive.
Allen answered with a 12-yard touchdown run on the ensuing drive.
WKU took its first lead, 14-7, at the 1:18 mark of the opening frame on Doughty's 15-yard TD scamper. The Hilltoppers began that possession at the Army 19 after a snap sailed over the head of Black Knights' punter Alex Tardiu.
Army cut the deficit to 14-10 following a 43-yard field goal by Daniel Grochowski with just under 12 minutes to play in the second quarter.
Three minutes later, Garrett Schwettman kicked a 36-yarder to push WKU's lead back to seven.
The Hilltoppers got the ball back late in the first half after Grochowski missed a 22-yard attempt wide left, and Doughty capitalized with a 45-yard touchdown to Willie McNeal on a Hail Mary to send WKU into the locker room with a 24-10 advantage.
The Hilltoppers stretched their lead to 31-10 at the 11:49 mark of the third quarter, as Allen broke loose for an 80-yard touchdown burst.
Army finally stopped the bleeding with just under three minutes to play in the third quarter on Santiago's 54-yard TD scamper.
But the Hilltoppers answered right back with another touchdown drive, as Doughty found Jared Dangerfield for a 6-yard score to make it a 38-17 game.
The frantic scoring pace continued on the first play of the ensuing series when Dixon took a handoff and raced 58 yards to the end zone.
WKU needed just four plays to find the pay dirt again, as Allen scored his third rushing TD of the day on a one-yard plunge with 14:15 to play in regulation. Four minutes later, Doughty tossed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Norris to close out the scoring.
WKU racked up 561 yards of total offense for the game.Game Notes