(Saturday, October 10th)
Final Score: Florida International 37, Western Kentucky 20
Bowling Green, KY (Sports Network) - Paul McCall threw for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Florida International Golden Panthers to a 37-20 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a Sun Belt Conference tussle at L.T. Smith Stadium.
McCall completed 14-of-22 pass attempts in the FIU (1-4, 1-1 SBC) win, while Daunte Owens and Darriet Perry handled the ground attack with 80 and 79 yards, respectively. Owens twice found the endzone for Golden Panthers, while Greg Ellingson stayed busy in the vertical game with five catches for 132 yards and a score.
WKU signal-caller Kawaun Jakes had a rough day under center, completing 16- of-26 for just 118 yards and an interception with no touchdown passes. Jakes did have a pair of touchdowns on the ground for the Hilltoppers (0-5, 0-1), while Bobby Rainey added 99 yards and a score on just nine carries.
FIU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, as McCall hit Greg Ellingson on a 19-yard strike to cap a nine-play, 79-yard opening drive.
The Golden Panthers added a 30-yard Dustin Rivest field goal late in the frame.
The Hilltoppers got on the board early in the second stanza, as Rainey found the endzone following a 16-yard run.
The Golden Panthers responded with an eight-yard scamper by Owens to own a 17-7 halftime advantage.
WKU cut its deficit to 17-14 early in the third period of play with a 10-yard touchdown run by Jakes.
The Golden Panthers countered with 13 unanswered points to end the frame, starting with a 40-yard toss from McCall to Jason Frierson. FIU then added a pair of 39-yard kicks from Rivest to earn a 30-14 lead.
FIU continued to roll early in the final period of play, taking a 37-14 lead on a 16-yard run by Owens.
The Hilltoppers added a four-yard touchdown run by Jakes late in the frame, but the two-point conversion attempt failed and FIU claimed the 37-20 decision.
The Golden Panthers rolled up 486 yards of total offense, including 206 on the ground.
10/10 23:19:59 ET