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Houston Baptist connection working early at WKU

Facing third-and-5 after drawing UT Martin offside midway though the second quarter Thursday, Western Kentucky got the Skyhawks to jump again and were given a free play.

Quarterback Bailey Zappe saw the flag fly, pointed down the field for receiver Jerreth Sterns and took a successful shot as three defenders converged for a 36-yard gain.

It was just one play in a big night for the Hilltopper offense, but it showed the connection from the Houston Baptist transfers the program had hoped for entering the season.

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“When we do stuff like that and the defense jumps, it’s offsides so it’s a free play – you can take a shot and an interception, ball is still ours – and he’s smart enough to understand when that happened, the middle of the field was open, so he just took advantage of it,” Zappe said.