Andrews scores game-winning touchdown, WKU bowl-eligible with 21-17 win at Army

Elliott Pratt

Junior quarterback Brandon Doughty threw two touchdown passes to junior wide receiver Willie McNeal and senior running back Antonio Andrews scored the game-winning touchdown with 32 seconds left to lift WKU to a 21-17 win at Army on Saturday, making the Toppers bowl eligible for the third-straight year.

The Toppers led a 10-play, 87-yard drive with just over four minutes left to play that was capped by a two-yard touchdown run from Andrews, who finished the game with 24 carries for 117 yards.

After a dismal first half performance for the offense, Doughty was nearly perfect in part two of the game, finishing 16-of-24 for 199 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.

“I thought our players did a great job executing,” coach Bobby Petrino told CBS Sports after the game. “Brandon (Doughty) stood in there, Willie (McNeal) made some great plays and Antonio (Andrews) ran it in for the touchdown so I’m very proud.”

Neither team could get in the end zone without drawing penalties on themselves.

Three scoring plays in the first half were negated by penalties. Army’s Daniel Grochowski nailed a 51-yard field goal early but a delay of game penalty called the play back and forced a punt. Doughty hooked up with McNeal for a would-be 14-yard score, but tight end Tim Gorski was penalized as an ineligible receiver. Army was once again robbed of a score due to a penalty with a holding call bringing back what would have been a 27-yard Tony Giovannelli touchdown run.

After a scoreless first quarter, Army’s Daniel Grochowski booted a 25-yard field goal for the game’s only first half score and a 3-0 lead for the Black Knights at halftime.

WKU’s offense finally started making noise in the third quarter with a nine play, 60-yard drive ending with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to McNeal at the 5:35 mark in the third quarter. The touchdown reception was McNeal’s 100th career reception.

The Topper offense clicked again on the next possession, and it was Doughty and McNeal again, this time on a 3rd-and-goal four-yard touchdown pass, giving WKU its first lead of the game.

The Black Knights used over half of the beginning of the fourth quarter to run right down WKU’s defense, capped by a toss sweep to the right side of the field to Terry Baggett for a 20-yard touchdown run to give Army the lead again.

After WKU’s game-winning touchdown drive, Army fumbled the ball on a hook-and-latter play and the Toppers recovered the ball to secure its sixth win of the year.

WKU will have next weekend off before travelling to Texas State Nov. 23.