WKU running back Antonio Andrews is no stranger to unique plays and big moments.
Not only did Andrews throw the pass on the conversion that beat Kentucky in overtime on September 15, Andrews was also on the receiving end of a similar play in 2008 during the Kentucky Class AA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl in Louisville.
Andrews, a quarterback at Fort Campbell High School, made many spectacular plays during his career with the Falcons, but arguably none bigger than his game-winning reception in the 2008 championship game. Andrews gave the ball to running back J.D. Ervin late in the fourth quarter with Fort Campbell down three in the game. Ervin ran to the right side and then threw the ball back across the field to Andrews who went the distance for the eventual game-winning score.
Now a junior at WKU, Andrews is the starting running back for a Hilltopper team that recently defeated Kentucky in overtime. When looking back on that game, Kentucky had scored on the first possession of overtime to take its first lead of the game at 31-24. WKU was able march the ball down to the two on their turn in overtime, converting on a third and long. Andrews scored on the next play to pull the Hilltoppers to within a point at 31-30. WKU head coach Willie Taggart immediately returned the offense back to the field to go for two and the win.
On the two-point play, quarterback Kawaun Jakes threw a lateral to Andrews, who turned and threw the ball back to the left to Jakes. The Hilltopper quarterback was able to make the catch and run into the end zone for the game-winning conversion. On similar plays, Andrews was able to will his team to victory from two different positions. Check out a compilation of the two plays below, including the video of his high school game:
THEN AND NOW: ANDREWS SCORES ON SIMILAR GAME-WINNING PLAYS
To see the high school highlight, fast forward to 2:29:30 in the following KHSAA video.