By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 28th, 2014 at 4:26 PM EST
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers took a gamble in overtime against the Marshall Thundering Herd. Following a touchdown to put the Hilltoppers down one at 66-65, head coach Jeff Brohm decided to go for two.
Marshall called a timeout, as they were not prepared for the two-point conversion attempt. After the timeout, Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty hit Willie McNeal to pull the 67-66 upset at Marshall.
This loss ended the Thundering Herd’s season at 11-1 (7-1 in the Conference-USA). The Hilltoppers improved to 7-5 and 3-4 in the conference.
The loss also hurt Marshall’s chances of going to a top bowl game in the next several weeks once the bowl games are announced.
The two-point conversion was set up by a 25-yard touchdown by Jared Dangerfield on a pass from Doughty.
The Thundering Herd also connected on a touchdown in overtime as Rakeem Cato hit Hyleck Foster for the short-lived lead.
With 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Caro hit Eric Frohnapfel for a 5-yard touchdown to tie the game at 59 each. Kicker Justin Haig made a 17-yard field goal with 5:32 left to make it 59-52.
At 9:11 in the fourth, Doughty hit Dangerfield for a 35-yard touchdown that gave the Hilltoppers a 59-49 lead. Kicker Garrett Schwettman hit a 21-yard field goal to make it 52-49 at 12:55 in the fourth.
Marshall running back Steward Butler scored on a 22-yard touchdown to tie the game at 49 each.
With 1:24 left in the second, Cato connected with Davonte Allen on a 33-yard touchdown to make it 49-42. Less than a minute earlier, Doughty hit Tyler Higbee for a 7-yard touchdown, as Marshall trailed by two touchdowns.
Butler added a 48-yard touchdown at 7:23 to make it 42-35. Cato hit Frohnapfel for a 2-yard touchdown to make it 42-28.
Doughty hit Joel German for a 9-yard touchdown to make it 42-21. Leon Allen scored on a 10-yard rush to make it 35-21.
At 2:27 left in the first quarter, Cato hit Allen for a 40-yard touchdown to make it 28-21. Two minutes earlier, Doughty hit Higbee for a 20-yard touchdown to make it 28-14.
Cato connected with Foster for a 14-yard touchdown to get it to 21-14. Hilltoppers’ Doughty hit Taywan Taylor for a 75-yard touchdown at 8:45 to make it 21-7
Cato hit Tommy Shuler for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 14-7.
Western Kentucky jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes.
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