Storey leads Western Kentucky past former team Arkansas

Arkansas coach Chad Morris talks with an official while playing Western Kentucky during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey led his current team, Western Kentucky, to an easy win over his old one Saturday, 45-19, in the stadium he called home for four years.

Storey, who lost his job as starting quarterback at Arkansas in 2018 and transferred to Western Kentucky (6-4) after the season, went 22 for 32 for 213 yards with a touchdown and he added two more scores on the ground in the rout. Storey led scoring drives of 42, 75, 59, 73 and 68 yards in the first half alone and the Hilltoppers didn't have to punt once until the third quarter.

"You couldn't write it any better. It was a heck of a story," Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton said. "He (Storey) was locked in from the get-go. He wanted this one really bad. Thought he handled everything to perfection."

Arkansas (2-8), which used its third starting quarterback of the season in freshman John Stephen Jones, had only one drive in that stint that went more than eight yards. He and fellow freshman K.J. Jefferson combined to go just 9 of 25 for 87 yards with two interceptions in the game.

Rakeem Boyd's 76-yard touchdown run on the Razorbacks' second series of the game tied the game, 7-7, before Western Kentucky scored the next 31 points. Boyd added another touchdown on an 86-yard run in the fourth quarter and finished with 185 yards on eight carries.

The loss dropped beleaguered Arkansas coach Chad Morris' record to 4-18 with the Razorbacks. They have not won an SEC game in his two seasons and have lost to Colorado State, North Texas, San Jose State and the Hilltoppers in nonconference play.

"I think when you look at the outcome today it is very disappointing for all of us," Morris said. "We're trying to find the right fix right there. It was disappointing with the effort and has been over the last couple weeks."


Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers are bowl eligible with two games remaining. Western Kentucky has only suffered a regular-season losing record once, last year, since 2010.

Arkansas: Morris' job security will be under more scrutiny than ever as Arkansas is in danger having the two worst seasons in school history in his two years.


Western Kentucky: Storey and the Hilltoppers travel to Southern Miss in two weeks after a bye where a win would almost certainly provide for a postseason berth.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks travel to Baton Rouge to play LSU in two weeks. The Tigers have been ranked each time the teams have met since 2008, including five times in the top 10, where LSU will almost assuredly be at kickoff Saturday, as well.

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Western Kentucky receiver Jacquez Sloan celebrates as he scores as touchdown against Arkansas during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)