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Western Kentucky Wins Big At Arkansas To Reach Bowl Eligibility

Ty Storey and company delivered his former team a loss in Fayetteville.

Western Kentucky v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks by a score of 45-19 on Saturday. That win marked the most points the Tops have scored this season as well as Tyson Helton’s first win as a head coach against a P5 opponent.

The Tops gained 478 total yards on the day with Arkansas gaining 340 yards. The defense had an impressive day forcing two turnovers and holding the Razorbacks to just 12 first downs.

Former Arkansas quarterback turned Hilltopper Ty Storey got his moment in the sun. He completed 22 of his 32 passes for 213 yards with a 69-yard touchdown pass to Jahcour Pearson. Storey and Pearson connected ten times for 120 yards. Storey also ran for 77 yards with two touchdowns.

Gaej Walker also contributed 129 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 touches with Jacquez Sloan getting a rushing TD in as well. WKU’s other scores came from a 19-yard Cory Munson field goal and a Devon Key pick six.

Antwon Kincade also added an interception to his total for the year.

Arkansas’ point all cam from rushing touchdowns. Rakeem Boyd totaled 185 yards with two scores and quarterback K.J. Jefferson added one touchdown off of 32 yards rushing.

After the scare that the loss to Central Arkansas in week one provided Tops fans, the excitement over this win and the return to the postseason is tangible.

The Tops improve to 6-4 on the year while Arkansas drops to 2-8. WKU are now off for two weeks until they play at Southern Miss on November 23rd.