Miami(OH) Rally Falls Short WKU Wins 31-24

October 03, 2016

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Nicholas Norris set career highs with 11 catches for 187 yards, Quinton Baker rushed for 103 yards and a score, and Western Kentucky fought off Miami (Ohio) for a 31-24 victory on Saturday. Western Kentucky (2-1) took a 24-3 lead midway through the third quarter when Norris hauled in a 53-yard pass from Mike White.

Miami (0-3) got two touchdowns from Billy Bahl - a 9-yard run and 70-yard pass to James Gardner - in a 2:36 span to get within striking distance, 24-17, at the end of the third quarter. But White found Taywan Taylor for a 36-yard touchdown, making Taylor the leading receiver in Western Kentucky history with 172 catches. Taylor holds Hilltoppers career and season records for receptions, yards and touchdowns.

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU head coach Jeff Brohm tells WKU wide receivers coach Byan Ellis which play to run during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU head coach Jeff Brohm tells WKU wide receivers coach Byan Ellis which play to run during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU head coach Jeff Brohm during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU head coach Jeff Brohm during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers running back Quinton Baker (3) during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers running back Quinton Baker (3) dived underneath to score a TD during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers running back Quinton Baker (3) during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers running back Quinton Baker (3) during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Keith Brown (2) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Keith Brown (2) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Omarius Bryant (9) sacks Miami (Oh) Redhawks quarterback Billy Bahl (5) during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Omarius Bryant (9) sacks Miami (Oh) Redhawks quarterback Billy Bahl (5) during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers running back Quinton Baker (3) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers running back Quinton Baker (3) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Keith Brown (2) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Keith Brown (2) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) returns punt for TD during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) returns punt for TD during the first half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers defensive back Joe Brown (7) Miami (Oh) Redhawks wide receiver Jack Sorenson (8) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers defensive back Joe Brown (7) Miami (Oh) Redhawks wide receiver Jack Sorenson (8) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Miami(OH) vs WKU SEPT 17September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Omarius Bryant (9) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 17, 2016 WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Omarius Bryant (9) during the second half of a football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Miami (OH) Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford Ohio Hilltoppers win 31-24 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)