MIAMI (NWN) – Bailey Zappe passed for 384 yards and three touchdowns as Western Kentucky bounced back in the second half to beat the Florida International 34-19 in Conference USA play on Saturday.
Western Kentucky (3-4, 2-1) scored on their last three assets of the first half to take a 17-12 lead at half time. Adam Cofield erased a 6-0 deficit with a 3-yard TD run. FIU regained Randall St. Felix on Max Bortenschlager’s 75-yard first-down scoring strike, but Breyden Norvesson kicked a 22-yard field goal and Jape held 17 seconds for a 32-yard TD with Mitchell Tinsley. Added leftovers and hilltoppers. Never been behind again.
Zappe approached with Jareth Stearns for a 20-yard TD on the first possession of WKU’s third quarter, and he hit Stearns for a 2-yard TD on the first possession of the Hilltoppers’ final quarter for a 31-12 lead. Zappe completed 39 out of 49 passes. Stearns finished with 14 receptions for 116 yards.
Bortenschlager completed 15 of 32 passes for 186 yards for the Panthers (1-6, 0-3). St Felix took five catches for 194 yards, while D’Vonte Price took 86 yards on 14 carries.
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