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Western Kentucky 38, Austin Peay 27

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Austin Reed threw four touchdown passes in his Western Kentucky debut and the Hilltoppers defeated Austin Peay 38-27.

Reed's first three TD throws went to Malachi Corley, a sophomore who caught 73 passes last season. Western Kentucky recovered a fumble near midfield after Corley's third touchdown catch and Reed quickly found All-American candidate Daewood Davis deep over the middle for a 48-yard score and a 35-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.

After forcing a punt on the Governors' next possession, Western Kentucky was driving again before Reed threw his only interception of the game, a pickoff by Shamari Simmons. Austin Peay then closed the gap to 35-27 when Mike Diliello hit Drae McCray for 24 yards and a touchdown.

The Hilltoppers regained a two-score advantage, driving 70 yards in 11 plays for a 23-yard field goal by Brayden Narveson. Austin Peay fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, the Hilltoppers recovered and ran the final three minutes off the clock.

Upton Stout's 34-yard pick-6 in the second quarter put Western Kentucky ahead 21-10 and the Hilltoppers went on to lead 21-17 at halftime.

Reed, who transferred from West Florida, the team he led to the 2019 Division II national championship, completed 19 of 33 passes for 276 yards. Davis caught six passes for 124 yards and Corley had five receptions for 61 yards.

Diliello finished 15 of 21 for 156 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Both touchdowns went to McCray, who had six catches for 90 yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter APSUWestKy
WestKy TD 10:39 Malachi Corley 16 yard TD pass from Austin Reed (Brayden Narveson Extra Point) 0 7
APSU FG 5:58 Maddux Trujillo 41 yard field goal 3 7
APSU TD 1:35 Drae McCray 44 yard TD pass from Mike DiLiello (Maddux Trujillo Extra Point) 10 7
Second Quarter APSUWestKy
WestKy TD 13:16 Malachi Corley 11 yard TD pass from Austin Reed (Brayden Narveson Extra Point) 10 14
WestKy TD 4:27 Upton Stout 34 yard interception return for TD (Brayden Narveson Extra Point) 10 21
APSU TD 0:18 Mike DiLiello 1 yard TD run (Maddux Trujillo Extra Point) 17 21
Third Quarter APSUWestKy
APSU FG 8:12 Maddux Trujillo 49 yard field goal 20 21
Fourth Quarter APSUWestKy
WestKy TD 12:56 Malachi Corley 25 yard TD pass from Austin Reed (Brayden Narveson Extra Point) 20 28
WestKy TD 11:34 Daewood Davis 48 yard TD pass from Austin Reed (Brayden Narveson Extra Point) 20 35
APSU TD 8:09 Drae McCray 24 yard TD pass from Mike DiLiello (Maddux Trujillo Extra Point) 27 35
WestKy FG 3:18 Brayden Narveson 23 yard field goal 27 38
Team Stats
  Austin Peay Western Kentucky
First downs 18 19
  Rushing 12 6
  Passing 4 11
  Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-18, 28% 5-14, 36%
4th down efficiency 3-3, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 50-172 32-108
Passing Yards 156 276
Return Yards 48 65
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-21-2 19-33-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-25 0-0
Punts 5 6
Fumbles Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-63 8-91
Austin Peay Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. DiLiello 14 20 117 2 2
T. Goodman 1 1 39 0 0
Western Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Reed 19 33 276 4 1
Austin Peay Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Samuel 21 77 3.7 0
C. Evans Jr. 10 47 4.7 0
M. DiLiello 17 31 1.8 1
D. McCray 1 17 17.0 0
J. Burns 1 0 0.0 0
Western Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Ervin-Poindexter 15 49 3.3 0
J. Moses 8 22 2.8 0
K. Robichaux 5 18 3.6 0
D. Davis 1 15 15.0 0
A. Reed 2 6 3.0 0
Austin Peay Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. McCray 6 90 15.0 2
J. Burns 3 51 17.0 0
T. Goodman 3 14 4.7 0
J. Samuel 2 7 3.5 0
K. Thomas 1 -6 -6.0 0
Western Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Davis 6 124 20.7 1
M. Corley 5 61 12.2 3
J. Hall 1 30 30.0 0
M. Mathison 4 21 5.3 0
D. Ervin-Poindexter 1 19 19.0 0
C. Burt, Jr. 1 18 18.0 0
K. Robichaux 1 3 3.0 0
Austin Peay Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Thomas 1 0
Western Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
U. Stout 1 34
A. Brathwaite Jr. 1 0
Austin Peay Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Rigney 5 217 43.4
Western Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Ellard 6 282 47.0
Austin Peay Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Thomas 2 32 16.0
Western Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
U. Stout 2 31 15.5
C. Burt, Jr. 1 0 0
Austin Peay Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. McCray 1 16 16.0
Western Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Austin Peay Missed FG
Player Length
Western Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length




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