Andrews carries Topper offense: WKU cruises at Texas State 38-7

Elliott Pratt

Texas State’s signature all year was stopping the run. That wasn’t the case Saturday night.

Senior running back Antonio Andrews shredded the Bobcat defense with 204 yards and three touchdowns as the Toppers easily handled Texas State 38-7 in San Marcos, Texas.

Going into the game, Texas State was one of the Sun Belt Conference’s best at not turning the ball over and WKU entered as one of the teams more prone to turn it over.

For the first time all season, WKU had no turnovers, and instead, the Topper defense forced Texas State in to four interceptions and a fumble.  

After a scoreless first quarter, sophomore kicker Garrett Schwettman got the Toppers on the board first with a 38-yard field goal to put WKU on the board just under a minute into the second quarter.

The Antonio Andrews show started on the next WKU possession, going for two touchdowns of seven and 42 yards to send the Toppers into halftime with a 17-7 lead. 

Sophomore running back Leon Allen scored on a 2-yard run and Andrews put the nail in the coffin with a 31-yard score of his own to give WKU a 31-7 lead late in the game. 

Coach Bobby Petrino opted to replace junior quarterback Brandon Doughty with sophomore Nelson Fishback in the games final minutes. Doughty finished the night with 20-of-32 completions for 152 yards. 

Not to be outdone by his fellow running backs, freshman Anthony Wales wanted a taste of the end zone himself, weaving in and out of defenders for a 21-yard score with under a minute left to play in the game.

WKU hosts Arkansas State (7-4, 5-1) next Saturday for the final home game of the year at Smith Stadium at 3 p.m.