WKU: Antonio Andrews Has Huge Game in Loss to MTSU

Jordan BallCorrespondent INovember 2, 2012

Sept 15, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Antonio Andrews (5) runs for a first down against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers fell to the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State in disappointing fashion, losing 34-29 on Thursday night. But in the midst of the madness, star running back Antonio Andrews once again shined brighter than everyone else. 

Coming into the game, the Junior tailback was fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards and his 917 rushing yards placed him on top of the Sun Belt Conference leaderboard—225 yards ahead of second place. 

Andrews did nothing but pad those stats during this hard-fought rivalry game. 

His night started off slow, as he only gained a total of eight yards rushing in the first quarter, but that didn't last long. 

On Western Kentucky's first drive of the second quarter, Andrews picked up a total of 24 yards on the ground before capping off the team's march with a 24-yard touchdown reception. The TD made the score 17-14 in favor of the Blue Raiders. 

Though this was Andrews only score of the game, his night was far from over. He finished the game with 25 carries for 136 yards.

Since he took over as the starter in Week 3, he has now rushed for over 100 yards in each of the seven games he's played—the longest active streak in the nation. 

His 136 yards in this game pushed him over 1,000 yards on the year, the first time he has seen that mark in his three-year career with the Hilltoppers. 

Besides the huge numbers he collected via the rush, Andrews also picked up 54 yards receiving (including the TD grab) and totaled 202 return yards.

All in all, he racked up 392 all-purpose yards on the night, which could very well move him into the top two in the country, depending on how a few other dynamic players fare this weekend. 

The 392-yard outburst was the third highest total in a NCAA game this season. 

Despite the fact that his Hilltoppers fell to 6-3 (3-2) on the year, Antonio Andrews once again proved to the nation that he is, in fact, the real deal.