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Western Kentucky 48, Florida International 21

Associated Press

MIAMI - Austin Reed threw four touchdown passes and Western Kentucky scored early to post a 41-28 win over Florida International in the regular-season finale.

Western Kentucky beat FIU for the fifth straight time and now is 11-6 all-time against the Panthers. The Hilltoppers (7-5, 5-3 Conference USA) will finish their season by going to a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons and the fifth time in coach Tyson Helton's five years at the school.

Reed and the Hilltoppers took the opening kick and drove 75 yards in 13 plays. Reed hit Malachi Corley with a 2-yard pass for a 7-0 lead then hit Jimmy Holiday with a 39-yard touchdown with :57 left in the quarter. Upton Stout returned a FIU fumble 16 yards for a score as time expired for a 21-0 lead to start the second quarter.

FIU got on the board when Keyone Jenkins tossed a 3-yard pass to Rocky Beers, but Reed answered with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Easton Messer and Dalvin Smith pulled up and threw a 32-yard touchdown to Craig Burt Jr. to take a 34-7 lead at the break.

Reed added a 45-yard touchdown to K.D. Hutchinson late in the third quarter.

Corley had six receptions to pass Taywan Taylor for the most in program history. He has 225 career receptions with a bowl game remaining.

Jenkins was 27-of-49 passing for 249 yards and three touchdowns and was intercepted twice for FIU (4-8, 1-7).

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WestKyFIU
WestKy TD 9:54 Malachi Corley 2 yd pass from Austin Reed (Lucas Carneiro kick) 7 0
WestKy TD 0:57 Jimmy Holiday 39 yd pass from Austin Reed (Lucas Carneiro kick) 14 0
WestKy TD 0:00 Upton Stout 16 yd fumble return (Lucas Carneiro kick) 21 0
Second Quarter WestKyFIU
FIU TD 10:28 Rocky Beers 3 yd pass from Keyone Jenkins (Lucas Matias kick) 21 7
WestKy TD 6:58 Easton Messer 16 yd pass from Austin Reed (Lucas Carneiro kick) 28 7
WestKy TD 3:05 Craig Burt Jr. 32 yd pass from Dalvin Smith (missed kick) 34 7
Third Quarter WestKyFIU
FIU TD 9:27 Eric Rivers 5 yd pass from Keyone Jenkins (Lucas Matias kick) 34 14
WestKy TD 0:05 K.D. Hutchinson 45 yd pass from Austin Reed (Lucas Carneiro kick) 41 14
Fourth Quarter WestKyFIU
FIU TD 8:46 Adrian Cole 84 yd fumble return (Lucas Matias kick) 41 21
FIU TD 0:55 Eric Rivers 19 yd pass from Keyone Jenkins (Lucas Matias kick) 41 28
Team Stats
  Western Kentucky FIU
First downs 21 16
  Rushing 2 5
  Passing 18 10
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 9-16, 56% 8-17, 47%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 32-74 21-52
Passing Yards 333 276
Return Yards 32 25
Completions-Attempts-Int 31-41-0 27-49-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--13 1--14
Punts 4 5
Punts-Average 43.3 39.6
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 4-36 3-14
Time of Possession 34:02 25:58
Western Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Reed 26 35 280 4 0
D. Smith 1 1 32 1 0
T. Helton 3 3 17 0 0
C. Veltkamp 1 2 4 0 0
FIU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Jenkins 27 49 276 3 2
Western Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Stepp 7 32 4.6 0
C. Veltkamp 4 23 5.8 0
D. Ervin-Poindexter 5 18 3.6 0
E. Young 8 16 2.0 0
T. Helton 2 -2 -1.0 0
E. Messer 1 -2 -2.0 0
L. Sanders 3 -4 -1.3 0
A. Reed 1 -6 -6.0 0
FIU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Lawrence 7 20 2.9 0
K. Jenkins 9 16 1.8 0
K. Owens 4 13 3.3 0
E. Rivers 1 3 3.0 0
Western Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Corley 6 52 8.7 1
J. Holiday 2 45 22.5 1
K. Hutchinson 1 45 45.0 1
C. Burt Jr. 2 42 21.0 1
E. Messer 4 38 9.5 1
D. Smith 4 38 9.5 0
R. Helms 2 34 17.0 0
E. Young 4 13 3.3 0
D. Ervin-Poindexter 3 13 4.3 0
M. Stepp 1 5 5.0 0
L. Sanders 1 4 4.0 0
M. Sims 1 4 4.0 0
FIU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Mitchell 8 116 14.5 0
J. Bracey 7 69 9.9 0
E. Rivers 5 56 11.2 2
D. Patterson 2 16 8.0 0
R. Beers 3 13 4.3 1
K. Owens 2 6 3.0 0
Western Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Allen 1 18
A. Ford 1 0
FIU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Western Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Munson 4 173 43.3
FIU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Montiel 5 198 39.6
Western Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Hutchinson 2 14 7.0
FIU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Patterson 3 9 3.0
Western Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Hodge 1 0 0
FIU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Fournet 1 16 16.0
Western Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length
FIU Missed FG
Player Length




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