Hilltoppers survive CMU’s comeback

Published 1:32 am Friday, December 26, 2014

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Central Michigan’s miracle comeback fell just short Cooper Rush’s record-setting day in the inaugural Bahamas Bowl.

Down by 35 points with 12 minutes remaining, Central Michigan (7-6) scored the final five touchdowns of the game, including a three-lateral, 75-yard dazzler as time expired. But Western Kentucky (8-5) escaped with a 49-48 victory Wednesday when Rush’s 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete.

Rush threw a bowl-record seven touchdown passes in the first college football postseason game played outside the U.S. or Canada since Jan. 1, 1937. He was 28 of 45 for 485 yards.

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On the late touchdown play, Rush threw deep to Jesse Kroll, who caught the ball between three defenders at the 29. Kroll advanced slightly before lateraling to Deon Butler, who got it to Courtney Williams just before getting tackled.

Williams then tossed the ball to Titus Davis, who caught it at the 15 and outran three Western Kentucky players to the end zone. On the conversion pass for the win, Rush tried to find Kroll again, but the play was broken up by Western Kentucky’s Wonderful Terry.

Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty threw five touchdown pass to increase his nation-leading total to 49. He was 31 of 42.