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Anthony Chiusano | | December 20, 2016

Western Kentucky pulls off fake QB kneel for huge gain

Western Kentucky dialed up a play that rivaled Dan Marino's famous fake spike in the Hilltoppers' Boca Raton Bowl battle with Memphis Tuesday night.

With time winding down in the first half and WKU holding a 28-17 lead, the offense lined up in a quarterback kneel formation. The Tigers' defense bought that the Hilltoppers were just happy to take the lead into the halftime break and casually strolled up to the line.

But there was one problem: WKU quarterback Mike White never kneeled and instead handed it off to Anthony Wales, who found tons of open field in front of him down the left sideline. Wales scampered 53 yards downfield before being tackled out of bounds at around the 30-yard line with 34 seconds left on the clock.

It was quite a trick play, and one that appeared to set up the Hilltoppers for another insurance score before the break. Those chances were then eliminated on the very next play, however, on a Memphis interception in the end zone.

Nevertheless, WKU should get points for creativity.

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