White Leads Hilltoppers to C-USA Title in Win Over LA Tech, 58-44

December 26, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Anthony Wales rushed for 209 yards and four touchdowns, Mike White threw for 421 and three more scores and Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44 on Saturday in the Conference USA championship game.

The Hilltoppers (10-3) and Bulldogs (8-5), who won the regular-season matchup 55-52 on Oct. 6, combined for 1,163 yards of total offense in the highest scoring championship game in C-USA history. It is the second straight title for Western Kentucky, which is headed to its third bowl in a row and fourth in five years.

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers meets to get fired up poor to the game during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers meets to get fired up poor to the game during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) rings the bell as he heads to the field during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) rings the bell as he heads to the field during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) rings the bell as he heads to the field during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) rings the bell as he heads to the field during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers makes it's way to the field during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers makes it's way to the field during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) goes under center during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers makes it's way to the field during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers defensive back Nathan Roush (20) and WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Drew Davis (34) tackle Louisiana Tech Bulldogs wide receiver Carlos Henderson (1) for a loss during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive back Nathan Roush (20) and WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Drew Davis (34) tackle Louisiana Tech Bulldogs wide receiver Carlos Henderson (1) for a loss during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Drew Davis (34) flexes his muscle after the tackle during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers linebacker Drew Davis (34) flexes his muscle after the tackle during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) weaves his way through Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defense during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) weaves his way through Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defense during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) runs with the ball during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) runs with the ball during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Kylen Towner (81) runs for a big gain on a kickoff during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Kylen Towner (81) runs for a big gain on a kickoff during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU defensive ends coach Reggie Jackson jumps up and down after the defense made the sack during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU defensive ends coach Reggie Jackson jumps up and down after the defense made the sack during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers cheerleaders during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers cheerleaders during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Nick Dawson-Brents (12)during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Nick Dawson-Brents (12)during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Nick Dawson-Brents (12) celebrates after the sack during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers defensive lineman Nick Dawson-Brents (12) celebrates after the sack during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) throws a pass during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) throws a pass during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) celebrates with WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) after the touchdown during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris (15) celebrates with WKU Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) after the touchdown during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) cuts across the middle during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) cuts across the middle during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) keeps his balance and scores a touchdown during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) keeps his balance and scores a touchdown during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) hands the ball to the referee as they look up at the clock as it counts down to 0:00 during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) hands the ball to the referee as they look up at the clock as it counts down to 0:00 during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3WKU Hilltoppers celebrate premature with the students during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers celebrate with the students during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3NCAA FOOTBALL: Bulldogs vs Hilltoppers DEC 3The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) The trophy presentation during an NCAA CUSA football championship game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday December 3, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)