NASSAU, Bahamas — Cooper Rush’s 2-point conversion attempt fell incomplete as time expired, and Western Kentucky held on to defeat Central Michigan 49-48 in a wild inaugural Bahamas Bowl on Wednesday.
Central Michigan trailed 49-14 entering the fourth quarter before Rush engineered a comeback. He threw four touchdown passes in the final minutes, and the Chippewas got the ball back at their own 25 with one second remaining.
Rush completed a pass to Jesse Kroll, and the ball was lateraled three times before Titus Davis dove into the pylon for a touchdown with no time remaining.
Central Michigan elected to go for two and the win, only to have the pass drop incomplete.
Rush threw seven touchdown passes for the Chippewas (7-6), tying an all-time bowl record. Brandon Doughty threw five first-half touchdown passes for Western Kentucky (8-5).