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Western rallies past North Texas 25-24

Antonio Andrews ran for 230 yards, including the game-winning 21-yard touchdown, as host Western Kentucky beat North Texas 25-24 Saturday.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hilltoppers (7-5, 4-4 Sun Belt Conference).

Andrews set up the winning touchdown with a 53-yard run. Two plays later, the junior ran right, broke two tackles and scored with 3:30 to play.

The Mean Green (4-8, 3-5) finished with a losing record for the eighth straight year.

Andrews overcame two second-half fumbles to accumulate 323 all-purpose yards. He leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 2,979 and could pass Barry Sanders' single-season record of 3,250, set with Oklahoma State in 1988, if Western Kentucky is picked for a bowl game.

"Antonio's done so much for us this year," coach Willie Taggart said. "We definitely weren't going to go away from him (after the fumbles).

"Antonio knew he had to go out and make it up for the team. Sure enough, he made up for it."

Western had trailed 24-10 and were previously 0-14 under Taggart when trailing after three quarters.

No. 4. St. Xavier 35, No. 7 Cumberlands 21: The victorious hosts passed for 307 of their 508 yards, but all four of their touchdowns were on the ground. The Cougars (11-1) held off Cumberlands in the fourth quarter to advance to the semifinals of the NAIA playoffs.

Cumberlands star Terrance Cobb ran for 174 yards, including a 60-yard scoring run.

Nick Pesek led the winners with 116 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown, while quarterback Jimmy Coy completed 21 of 36 passes.