By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a high-scoring RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl. The Hilltoppers won 59-38 over the Mountaineers at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.
With the win, the Hilltoppers improved to 9-5 with the win. The Mountaineers fell to 10-4 with the loss.
Hilltoppers quarterback Bailey Zappe went 33 of 47 for 422 yards. He had six touchdown passes.
Zappe set two NCAA records with his performance. He set the all-time record for most passing yards in a season and most touchdown passes in a season.
“In my opinion Bailey Zappe is the best quarterback in college football, and now he gets to say he is one of the best,” Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton said. “He’ll go down in history as being one of the best, and holds two records. It’s just special to be a part of that.”
Noah Whittington had seven carries for 150 yards and one touchdown. Jerreth Sterns had 13 receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns.
Mountaineers quarterback Chase Brice went 15 of 23 for 317 yards. He had four touchdown passes and one interception.
Camerun Peoples had 13 carries for 101 yards. Christian Wells had four receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.
The Hilltoppers outscored the Mountaineers 28-14 in the second half. Whittington scored on an 86-yard rushing touchdown.
Zappe hit Mitchell Tinsley on a two-yard touchdown reception. Zappe also connected with Jerreth Sterns on a 37-yard touchdown reception.
Kye Robichaux scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown.
Mountaineers’ Brice hit Wells for a 62-yard touchdown reception. Anderson Castle scored on a nine-yard rushing touchdown.
Western Kentucky led 31-24 at halftime. Zappe hit Sterns for a one-yard touchdown reception. Zappe also hit Tinsley for a 75-yard touchdown reception.
Zappe hit Sterns for a 10-yard touchdown reception. Zappe also connected with Joey Beljan for a five-yard touchdown reception.
Brayden Narveson also made a 24-yard field goal.
Mountaineers’ Brice hit Malik Williams for a 36-yard touchdown reception. Brice also connected with Jalen Virgil for a 60-yard touchdown reception.
Brice hit Dashaun Davis for a 33-yard touchdown reception. Chandler Station made a 28-yard field goal.
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