NCAAF Game Recap - Western Kentucky at Florida International
Sat Sep 7, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Sep 7, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Western Kentucky (1-1)

7

7

3

3

20

Florida International (0-2)

7

0

7

0

14

Western Kentucky stops FIU short, 20-14
Sat Sep 7, 2019 10:58 PM

MIAMI (AP) Gaej Walker ran for a touchdown, Steven Duncan passed for another and the Western Kentucky defense made a big goal-line stand as the Hilltoppers defeated Florida International 20-14 in a Conference USA opener on Saturday.

Late in the fourth quarter with WKU leading 20-14, FIU had 2nd-and-goal from the 2-yard line. WKU defensive back Dionte Ruffin hit Panthers quarterback Kaylan Wiggins in the backfield, forcing a fumble. Wiggins recovered the ball at the 16 but was attended to on the field after the play and was removed from the game. James Morgan, who had started the game, then threw incomplete on third and fourth downs. Western Kentucky took over and was able to run out the clock after gaining one first down.

Duncan threw 8 yards to Jahcour Pearson for a touchdown to open the scoring. FIU tied it later in the first quarter when Richard Dames scored on an 80-yard return after interception of a Duncan pass. Walker, who gained 100 yards on 27 carries, ran 2 yards for a touchdown and WKU led 14-7 at halftime.

The Hilltoppers allowed just 14 first downs, 217 yards and one offensive touchdown, a 15-yard run by Napoleon Maxwell in the third quarter that made the score 17-14 in favor of Western Kentucky. Cory Munson added his second field goal of the game, a 44-yarder early in the fourth quarter.

Duncan completed 19 of 33 passes for 241 yards with the one touchdown and two interceptions. Morgan was 3 of 11 for 25 yards; Wiggins 2 of 6 for 41 yards.

Passing

W Ky Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Duncan 33 19 57.6 1 241 48 2 65.3
FLInt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Alexander 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
K. Wiggins 6 2 33.3 0 41 40 0 58.3

Rushing

W Ky Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Walker 27 100 3.7 14 1
G. LaFrance 1 2 2.0 2 0
FLInt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Maxwell 8 48 6.0 15 1
A. Jones 11 43 3.9 18 0

Receiving

W Ky Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
L. Jackson 6 93 15.5 48 0
K. Fourtenbary 5 74 14.8 28 0
FLInt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Alexander 3 47 15.7 40 0
A. Maloney 1 12 12.0 12 0

Fumbles

FLInt F FL
J. Morgan 1 0

Returning

W Ky KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Bush 0 - 0 0 3 -2.0 0 0
FLInt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Alexander 0 - 0 0 3 9.7 0 18
N. Maxwell 1 12.0 0 12 0 - 0 0

Punting

W Ky Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Haggerty 5 246 49.2 55
FLInt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Heatherly 7 316 45.1 53

Takeaways

FLInt Int Yds InTD
D. Hall 1 0 0
R. Dames 1 80 1

Team Stats Comparison

W Ky FLInt
Points For 20 14
Total Yards 339 217
Rushing Yards 98 151
Passing Yards 241 66
Passing Completions / Attempts 19/33 5/18
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 3/0
First Downs 17 14
Penalties - Yards 7/60 4/47
Time Of Possession 9:09 51:51
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/13 2/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 3/5
Punts - Average Yards 6/44 7/45

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter W Ky FLInt
W Ky 6:07 TD Jahcour Pearson 8 yd pass from Steven Duncan (Cory Munson kick) 7 0
FLInt 8:54 TD Richard Dames 80 yd interception return (Jose Borregales kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter W Ky FLInt
W Ky 11:07 TD Gaej Walker 2 yd run (Cory Munson kick) 14 7
3rd Quarter W Ky FLInt
W Ky 6:21 FG Cory Munson 19 yd FG 17 7
FLInt 8:57 TD Napoleon Maxwell 15 yd run (Jose Borregales kick) 17 14
4th Quarter W Ky FLInt
W Ky 2:34 FG Cory Munson 44 yd FG 20 14

Game Information

Stadium: Riccardo Silva Stadium, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 13,311
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