|Date of game: 10/18/2014
Recap: Fla Atlantic vs. Western Ky
Boca Raton, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaquez Johnson passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 95 yards and two scores, leading the Florida Atlantic Owls past the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 45-38, in a Conference USA showdown at FAU Stadium.
Johnson completed 23-of-34 pass attempts for the Owls (3-4, 2-1 C-USA), who have won two of their last three. Lucky Whitehead caught eight passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Greg Howell carried the ball 21 times for 118 yards and a score.
Brandon Doughty passed for an equally impressive 335 yards and three touchdowns on 28-of-44 passing for the Hilltoppers (2-4, 0-3), who have lost in back-to-back games. Leon Allen had 12 carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Taywan Taylor turned four receptions into 78 yards and a touchdown.
Less than two minutes into the contest, Doughty connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass to Taylor to get the Hilltoppers going. Just under two minutes later, he connected with Willie McNeal on a 30-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0.
Midway through the opening quarter, Johnson found Kalib Woods on an 11-yard touchdown pass, giving FAU its first points of the game.
Three minutes before the end of the quarter, Garrett Schwettman converted a field goal from 42 yards out, extending the WKU lead to 17-7.
Late in the second quarter, Allen scored on a one-yard touchdown run.
A couple minutes later, Johnson kept the ball and ran one yard for a touchdown to make it 24-14.
In the final minute of the half, Doughty found Mitchell Henry on a 22-yard touchdown pass, as the Hilltoppers took a 31-14 lead into the locker room.
Early in the second half, Johnson hooked up with Whitehead for a 20-yard touchdown pass. A few minutes later, the quarterback kept the ball for another one-yard touchdown run, as the Owls cut the deficit to 31-28.
With just over two minutes left in the third quarter, Allen ran two yards for another touchdown, making it 38-28.
Three minutes into the fourth quarter, Greg Joseph converted a 32-yard field goal, as the Owls inched closer.
They knotted the game at 38-38, with just over two minutes to play, as Howell ran four yards for a score.
With just over a minute left in the contest, Johnson connected with Whitehead one more time, for a game-winning, 61-yard touchdown.
The Owls' defense gave up 402 total offensive yards, but the team's offense managed 619 in the comeback victory.Game Notes