Western Kentucky loses heartbreaker to Vanderbilt 31-30 in OT

October 03, 2016

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Vanderbilt's defense turned away a 2-point conversion play at the end of the first overtime as the Commodores escaped with a 31-30 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday. Kyle Shurmur's 5-yard pass to Nathan Marcus on the first possession of overtime gave Vanderbilt (2-2) its first lead of the game, and Tommy Openshaw added the point after for the Commodores.

Western Kentucky (2-2) answered quickly, needing just two plays to find the end zone on Mike White's 8-yard pass to Shaquille Johnson. Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm elected to go for two points. White rolled to his right, but his pass was batted into the air and ruled incomplete, as Vanderbilt players rushed the field to celebrate the comeback victory.

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers student section during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Sold out during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (4) during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defensive lineman Omarius Bryant (9) during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 WKU head coach Jeff Brohm during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defensive back Branden Leston (31) during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 The grass during the first half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers up 14-7 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24NCAA FOOTBALL 2016: Commodores vs Hilltoppers SEPT 24September 24, 2016 during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 24, 2016 Vanderbilt Commodores storm the field after getting the victory during the second half of a non-conference game between the Vanderbilt Commodores vs the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. Hilltoppers fall 31-30 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)