Redshirt Freshman Caden Veltkamp Shines in the Fourth Quarter
“I knew I could do it; I knew it was in me,” exclaimed Western Kentucky’s rising star, quarterback Caden Veltkamp, after a remarkable performance in the Famous Toastery Bowl. With five touchdown passes, including three in the crucial fourth quarter, Veltkamp led his team to a stunning comeback victory over Old Dominion.
Trailing by 21 points after the first quarter, Western Kentucky showcased their resilience, outscoring Old Dominion 21-0 in the final quarter of the game. Veltkamp’s exceptional playmaking abilities were on full display as he threw for an impressive 383 yards and rushed for 53 yards, leaving a lasting impact on the field.
Wide Receivers Dalvin Smith and Jimmy Holiday Impressive
Contributing to the team’s success, wide receiver Dalvin Smith made his presence known with nine catches for 77 yards. Meanwhile, Jimmy Holiday led the team with four catches for 93 yards, showcasing the depth of talent on the Western Kentucky roster.
Grant Wilson Puts Up a Fight for Old Dominion
Despite the loss, Old Dominion quarterback Grant Wilson displayed his athleticism and determination. Rushing for 126 yards and two touchdowns, Wilson fought hard to keep his team in the game. He also threw for 123 yards and delivered a touchdown pass, demonstrating his versatility as a player.
Toast-Throwing Celebration Marks the End of an Exciting Game
As the final whistle blew, jubilant Western Kentucky players were seen celebrating by throwing toast into the air. This unique tradition was a fitting tribute to the Famous Toastery Bowl, which had been relocated from its original location to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Famous Toastery, a popular breakfast, brunch, and lunch franchise based in Charlotte, added a touch of local flavor to the event.
Western Kentucky’s Bowl Success Continues
Under the leadership of coach Tyson Helton, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers extended their impressive bowl winning streak to three games. With four victories in their last five bowl appearances, the team has solidified their reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the college football stage.