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2014 Bahamas Bowl Recap

Western Kentucky holds off Central Michigan's comeback for 49-48 shootout win

Western Kentucky nearly let a huge lead turn into an embarrassing loss, but even with all the defensive mistakes on the final play, Western Kentucky found a way to win.

The Hilltoppers blew a 35 point lead and gave up seven touchdown passes to Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush, but squeaked out a win 49-48 in the first bowl game played outside of the United States or Canada since 1937.

Central Michigan scored the last five touchdowns of the day, including a 75-yard miracle that ultimately was scored as a touchdown pass from Rush to Titus Davis that broke the record for touchdown passes.

The Chippewas tried to win the game with a two-point conversion, but Western Kentucky broke it up and held on for the win.

Chippewas coach Dan Ennis planned on kicking the extra point, but he changed his mind.

"Cooper had thrown seven touchdown passes already in the game, so we figured he was pretty hot," Enos said. "We didn't want to go to overtime because we had trouble stopping them all day. We thought we had momentum so we'd try to win the game."

Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty extended his nation lead on touchdown passes by throwing for another five touchdown passes and 486 yards in the Bahamas Bowl to give Doughty 49 touchdown passes on the season.

Doughty was outshined by Rush, however, as Rush threw for 485 yards of his own. Rush had never thrown more than three touchdown passes in his college career, but threw for five in the last twelve minutes of the game.

The teams finished with a 1,254 yards of offense. Western Kentucky had 647 yards total and moved to 8-5 on the season. Central Michigan fell to 7-6 with the loss.

This was the first of at least six straight years of bowl games in the Bahamas.


By Nikolai Gionti
DFN Sports Guest Writer

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