The Hilltoppers Take Down Memphis in Boca Raton Bowl 51-31

December 26, 2016

''Coach Holt gave us great energy,'' Wales said. ''We all love him, and we were able to show everybody how great we are.'' ''I told the kids it has been two weeks of some of the happiest football of my life,'' Holt said. ''They don't care really right now who's the head coach. They believe in each other.''

''They're good,'' Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. ''A missed assignment, a bust in communication, and they can expose you.'' ''The last time I scored a touchdown was probably in my backyard against my little brother,'' Lamp said.  NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers waiting to take the field during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers waiting to take the field during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Chris Johnson (3) and WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Derik Overstreet (42) tackle Memphis Tigers running back Darrell Henderson (8) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Chris Johnson (3) and WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Derik Overstreet (42) tackle Memphis Tigers running back Darrell Henderson (8) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Chris Johnson (3) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Chris Johnson (3) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) hurdles over a Memphis player during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) hurdles over a Memphis player during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) follows his lineman as the run a trick play just before halfduring Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers defensive back De'Andre Simmons (23) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive back De'Andre Simmons (23) deflects the pass during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Nick Dawson-Brents (12) recovers fumble during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Nick Dawson-Brents (12) recovers fumble during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) throws a pass down field during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) breaks a tackle during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) steps out of bounds just prior to crossing the goal line during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) steps out of bounds just prior to crossing the goal line during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20Boca Bowl trophy presentationduring Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) Boca Bowl trophy presentationduring Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20Boca Bowl trophy presentationduring Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) Boca Bowl trophy presentationduring Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20Boca Bowl trophy presentationduring Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) Boca Bowl trophy presentationduring Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20NCAA FOOTBALL: Tigers vs Hilltoppers DEC 20WKU Hilltoppers head coach Nick Holt celebrates the win on top of his players shoulders during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers head coach Nick Holt celebrates the win on top of his players shoulders during Boca Raton Bowl game between the Memphis Tigers vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)