Scores

Final

FIU 37

(1-4, 1-1 C-USA)

W Kentucky 20

(0-5, 0-1 C-USA)

7:00 PM ET, October 10, 2009

L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY

1 2 3 4 T
FIU 10 7 13 737
WKU 0 7 7 620

Top Performers

Passing: P. McCall (FIU) - 280 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Owens (FIU) - 17 CAR, 80 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: G. Ellingson (FIU) - 5 REC, 132 YDS, 1 TD

Fla. International 37, W. Kentucky 20

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Paul McCall threw two touchdown passes and Florida International scored 20 unanswered second-half points to beat Western Kentucky 37-20 Saturday night for its first win of the season.

McCall was 6-for-6 for 121 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter for the Golden Panthers (1-4, 1-1 Sun Belt Conference) and finished 14-for-22 for 280 yards.

The loss extends the Hilltoppers' losing streak to 12 games dating to last season. The streak is the longest active streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

In the second quarter, the Hilltoppers scored on a 16-yard run by running back Bobby Rainey. FIU added another score before halftime, thanks to an 8-yard run by Daunte Owens.

FIU led 17-7 at halftime before the Hilltoppers (0-5, 0-1) scored a touchdown on quarterback Kawaun Jakes' 8-yard run to begin the third quarter.

McCall hit Jason Frierson for a 40-yard touchdown on FIU's ensuing drive to begin the streak of 20 straight points.

Dustin Rivest tacked on two field goals to extend the Golden Panthers' lead.

Greg Ellingson added five catches for 132 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Panthers.

Jakes went 16-for-26 with an interception and two rushing touchdowns.

Rainey's 103 yards rushing was the Hilltoppers' first 100-yard performance since David Wolke went for 178 yards and Tyrell Hayden ran for 117 yards against North Texas on Nov. 1, 2008.

Owens led the Golden Panthers with 86 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns with Darriet Perry balancing the FIU's rushing attack with 85 yards on 21 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FIU
WKU
1st Downs2320
Total Yards486381
Passing280118
Rushing206263
Penalties8-519-81
3rd Down Conversions5-154-13
4th Down Conversions2-41-1
Turnovers12
Possession28:2431:36

Passing Leaders

Florida InternationalC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCall14/2228012.720
Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jakes16/261184.501

Rushing Leaders

Florida InternationalCARYDSAVGTDLG
Owens17804.7216
Perry21793.8016
Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rainey99911.0137
Booker8627.8031

Receiving Leaders

Florida InternationalRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ellingson513226.4165
Frierson36622.0140
Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Doyle34113.7026
Cooper5265.2013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFIUWKU
TD12:07Greg Ellingson 19 Yd Pass From Paul McCall (Dustin Rivest Kick) 70
FG03:53Dustin Rivest 30 Yd 100
SECOND QUARTERFIUWKU
TD11:59Bobby Rainey 16 Yd Run (Casey Tinius Kick) 107
TD01:31Daunte Owens 8 Yd Run (Dustin Rivest Kick) 177
THIRD QUARTERFIUWKU
TD11:36Kawaun Jakes 10 Yd Run (Casey Tinius Kick) 1714
TD10:12Jason Frierson 40 Yd Pass From Paul McCall (Dustin Rivest Kick) 2414
FG04:57Dustin Rivest 39 Yd 2714
FG00:47Dustin Rivest 39 Yd 3014
FOURTH QUARTERFIUWKU
TD13:40Daunte Owens 16 Yd Run (Dustin Rivest Kick) 3714
TD03:50Kawaun Jakes 4 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3720