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

October 03, 2016

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.

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)