The Florida Atlantic Owls have won two crucial games in a row.
The second win has come with a 34-15 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday night.
Devin Singletary ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first Florida Atlantic running back to top 4,000 career yards. Singletary had balanced help as running mate Kerrith Whyte Jr. finished with 163 yards on 21 carries for the Owls (5-5, 3-3 Conference USA)
“Good win today,” Owls Head Coach Lane Kiffin stated. “I know that (WKU’s) record is not that great, but that’s a team that’s played really well. Four of their games were three-point games, so if those games go the other way, that’s a winning record coming into this game against some good teams too, like Marshall.
Singletary also passed Ron Dayne for eighth place all-time in FBS play with his 64th career TD run.
I felt those guys had played tough on defense throughout the year and that we would have to play really well. (I’m) proud of our guys. It wasn’t perfect the whole time, we started fast like we always do and then slowed down and screwed some things up, but then finished really well and got to play some backups there on defense at the end too which is good, especially with a short week coming up this week.”
The Hilltoppers (1-9, 0-6 Conference USA) were only down one point at the half. However, were outrushed 315 to 123 in the contest. Senior tight end Mik’Quan Deane led WKU in receiving with ten receptions, 112 yards, and a touchdown. Hilltoppers have lost six in a row and remain winless in the conference play.
The Owls need one win to become bowl eligible; they visit North Texas. The Hilltoppers play their final home game hosting UTEP.