LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bryan Ellis spent most of this season signaling in plays called by WKU Head Coach Jeff Brohm. With Brohm gone to become the head coach at Purdue, Ellis channeled Brohm and then some as a slew of trick plays helped the Toppers make it three consecutive bowl victories, beating the Memphis 51-31 in the Boca Raton Bowl.
Ellis smartest move was going with a heavy dose of Anthony "Ace" Wales. The Senior running back from Central High School capped his brilliant time on the Hill with a career-best 245 yards rushing and three touchdowns. His 27 touchdowns lead the nation. Wales amassed 329 yards from scrimmage on the night with 53 of those yards coming on Ellis' boldest call of the night, a "fumblerooskie" near the end of the first half when it looked like Western was going to take a knee to end the half.
They also scored on a tackle-eligible pass to all-conference lineman Forrest Lamp and picked up big yards on a flea-flicker pass to Taywan Taylor. The PRP grad later caught a touchdown pass for the 10th consecutive game. It was the 41st of his wondrous career. Taylor finished with 9 catches for 144 yards.
WKU (11-3) finished the season with eight straight wins. Mike Sanford, Jr. now takes over as head coach for the 2017 season which begins with a visit from Eastern Kentucky on September 2nd.
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