Scores

Final

Austin Peay 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

W Kentucky 49

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 1, 2012

L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY

1 2 3 4 T
PEAY 0 0 7 310
WKU 14 21 7 749

Top Performers

Passing: K. Jakes (WKU) - 296 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: W. Kitts (PEAY) - 10 CAR, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Brand (WKU) - 3 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD

W. Kentucky 49, Austin Peay 10

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Kawaun Jakes threw for a career-high 296 yards and four touchdowns to lead Western Kentucky over Austin Peay 49-10 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

The fourth-year starting quarterback completed 18-of-23 passes, including touchdown passes of 21 yards to Willie McNeal, 15 yards to Tim Gorski, 13 yards to Boe Brand and 18 yards to Kadeem Jones. He also ran for a 9-yard touchdown.

Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews scored the game's first touchdown on a 70 yard punt return.

The Hilltoppers defense held Austin Peay, a Football Championship Subdivision team, to 154 total yards while the Western Kentucky offense amassed 596 yards overall.

The lone negative for the Hilltoppers was field-goal kicking. Western Kentucky, which hit 5 of 20 field goals last year, missed all three attempts against Austin Peay.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PEAY
WKU
1st Downs728
Total Yards154596
Passing11352
Rushing143244
Penalties5-558-89
3rd Down Conversions1-126-9
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers22
Possession27:0732:53

Passing Leaders

Austin PeayC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ryan2/10111.101
Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jakes18/2329612.941

Rushing Leaders

Austin PeayCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kitts1010410.4168
Oliver12322.7012
Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Allen13937.2141
Simpson8607.5024

Receiving Leaders

Austin PeayRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stark2115.509
Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Doyle57615.2028
Aikens27236.0040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPEAYWKU
TD07:09Antonio Andrews 70 Yd Punt Return (Jesse Roy Kick) 07
TD05:29Willie McNeal 21 Yd Pass From Kawaun Jakes (Jesse Roy Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERPEAYWKU
TD08:43Tim Gorski 15 Yd Pass From Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 021
TD04:08Kawaun Jakes 9 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 028
TD00:06Boe Brand 13 Yd Pass From Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 035
THIRD QUARTERPEAYWKU
TD14:42Wes Kitts 68 Yd Run (Stephen Stansell Kick) 735
TD11:15Kadeem Jones 18 Yd Pass From Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 742
FOURTH QUARTERPEAYWKU
TD13:20Leon Allen 4 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 749
FG08:29Stephen Stansell 44 Yd 1049