NCAA Game Summary - Western Kentucky at North Texas|
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Western Kentucky 31, North Texas 21
Denton, TX (Sports Network) - Bobby Rainey ran for 214 yards and a touchdown,
as Western Kentucky took down North Texas 31-21 at Apogee Stadium in a Sun
Belt Conference battle.
Kawaun Jakes completed 19-of-29 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns as
Western Kentucky (6-5, 6-1 Sun Belt) earned bowl eligibility for the first
time since joining the Football Subdivision in 2009. Tight end Jack Doyle
caught nine passes for a team-best 89 yards. Kiante Young anchored the Western
Kentucky defense with seven tackles and an interception.
Derek Thompson led North Texas (4-7, 3-4) with 254 passing yards and two
touchdowns. Brelan Chancellor led the team with 185 all-purpose yards and a
Western Kentucky opened up scoring just over five minutes after kickoff with a
42-yard field goal courtesy of Casey Tinius to make it 3-0.
North Texas took the lead with under two minutes remaining in the opening
quarter as James Hamilton rushed four yards for a score.
The Hilltoppers took the lead back just over four minutes into the second
period when Jakes completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Rainey to make it
The Mean Green answered at the 4:43 mark of the second quarter when Thompson
completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chancellor to make it 14-10.
Western Kentucky answered with under two minutes remaining in the half when
Jakes completed a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Higbee to give the
Hilltoppers a 17-14 lead at half.
Western Kentucky extended its lead in the final minute of the third quarter
when Jakes completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Henry to make
extend the Hilltoppers' advantage to 24-14.
Western Kentucky put it out of reach when Rainey punched it in from a yard out
with just under three minutes remaining in fourth quarter.
The Mean Green quickly rallied for one last touchdown as Thompson completed a
four-yard touchdown pass to Chris Bynes with less than a minute remaining.
Byne's touchdown reception finalized the score with Western Kentucky on top
The Hilltoppers dominated the offensive battle as they finished with 483 yards
of total offense to the Mean Green's 322.
11/19 23:44:40 ET