'Birds still winless on road after 24-21 loss
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[NOV. 1, 2004]
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A Western Kentucky
defensive stop late in the fourth quarter was the difference in the
Hilltoppers' 24-21 win over Illinois State on Saturday, keeping the
Redbirds winless on the road this season at 0-4.
Illinois State drops to
4-4 on the season and 2-3 in the Gateway Football Conference and
will play host to No. 1 Southern Illinois next Saturday.
Hilltoppers struck first when quarterback Justin Haddix found a
wide-open Chris Brunemann in the end zone at the 4:08 mark in the
first quarter, giving Western Kentucky an early 7-0 lead.
Illinois State quarterback Yance Vaughan (20-37, 255 yards, two
TDs, interception) struck back in the second quarter when he
connected with Ramon Barber (four catches, 37 yards, TD) for the
Redbirds' first score. The touchdown was set up two plays earlier
when Vaughan completed a 24-yard pass to Jason Horton (three
catches, 72 yards) on third and long. Stephen Carroll's kick was no
good and the Hilltoppers maintained a 7-6 advantage.
Western Kentucky extended its lead to 10-6 with a 29-yard field
goal, but the Redbirds took the lead on a two-minute drill. Vaughan
completed three straight passes, including a 36-yard touchdown pass
to Horton, to give the Redbirds a 13-10 lead going into halftime.
Carroll's extra point set a new school record for career points and
career kick scoring with 267 points respectively.
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Brian Porter ran the second-half kickoff back 66 yards to the ISU
11-yard line, setting up the Hilltoppers' second touchdown and a
17-13 lead. Haddix and Stephen Willis connected for the score.
Special team breakdowns led to another Western Kentucky touchdown
when the Hilltoppers began the fourth quarter at the ISU 33 after
Dennis Mitchell ran the punt back 47 yards. The decent field
position eventually led to a touchdown run by Porter, which extended
the Hilltopper lead to 24-13.
The Redbirds inched closer with 4:04 left in the game. Barber's
9-yard reception set up a 1-yard sneak by Vaughan, and Kevett Mickle
(six catches, 63 yards) hauled in the 2-point conversion to cut the
Hilltopper lead to 24-21.
The Hilltoppers were able to hold off the Redbirds the rest of
the way for the game's final score.
State University news release]