Mobile, AL (Sports Network) - South Alabama's Tyrell Pearson intercepted
Brandon Doughty to stop a last-minute rally from the Western Kentucky
Hilltoppers, who lost in a 31-24 decision to the Jaguars at Ladd-Peebles
Ross Metheny completed 11-of-15 pass attempts and scored a rushing touchdown
for South Alabama (2-1, 1-0 Sun Belt), which was facing Western Kentucky for
the first time. Jay Jones led the Jaguars with 49 yards rushing. Wes Saxton
caught four passes for 91 yards while Shavarez Smith had three receptions for
Doughty totaled 282 yards and three touchdowns through the air for Western
Kentucky (1-2, 0-1) but he also threw three costly interceptions. Antonio
Andrews rushed for 122 yards on 15 carries and Nicholas Norris had seven
receptions for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Hilltoppers scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to Tyler
Higbee less than three minutes into the game. The key play of the drive was a
40-yard scamper from Andrews that got the Hilltoppers into South Alabama
The Jaguars answered right back on their next drive. On 4th-and-goal Metheny
was able to push the ball into the end zone for a touchdown from one yard out.
On the ensuing possession, the Hilltoppers capped off a 15-play, 73-yard drive
with a five-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to Norris. The score pushed
Western Kentucky ahead, 14-7.
A 42-yard field goal from Aleem Sunanon, early in the second quarter, kept the
Jaguars within striking distance.
Norris and Doughty hooked up again, this time on a 20-yard touchdown pass,
with just under six minutes before halftime.
South Alabama struck first in the second half when Sunanon connected on a 43-
yard field goal.
Jones would score on a four-yard touchdown run later in the quarter. The
Jaguars were successful on the two-point conversion attempt, as they tied the
score at 21-21.
On their next drive the Hilltoppers pulled back into the lead thanks to a 44-
yard field goal from Garrett Schwettman.
The lead didn't last as Sunanon made good on a 37-yard field goal attempt less
than three minutes later to even the score once again.
The Jaguars had a chance to pull ahead but Sunanon missed a 17-yard field goal
attempt later on in the period.
Each team would turn the ball over on their next possession, but the most
costly turnover was an interception collected by Tyrell Pearson After the
takeaway the Jaguars were able to take a 31-24 lead on a one-yard rushing
touchdown from Trey Fetner.
The Hilltoppers gave themselves a chance to tie the game, by driving to the
South Alabama 13-yard line with under a minute to play. However Doughty was
intercepted on 4th-and-10, yet again by Pearson, ending the comeback attempt.
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