DENTON, Texas (AP) - Kawaun Jakes threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns to lead Western Kentucky over North Texas 31-21 on Saturday night.
Jakes' longest touchdown pass was for 63 yards to Tyler Higbee late in first half, giving the Hilltoppers (6-5, 6-1 Sun Belt) a 17-14 lead. They never trailed again.
Bobby Rainey led the game in running with 214 yards and a touchdown for Western Kentucky. Casey Tinius added a field goal.
Derek Thompson led in passing with 254 yards and two touchdowns for the Mean Green (4-7, 3-4) while James Hamilton ran for 51 yards and a touchdown.
|WKY||Casey Tinius 42 yd FG|
|NTX||James Hamilton 4 yd run (Zach Olen kick)|
|WKY||Bobby Rainey 34 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Casey Tinius kick)|
|NTX||Brelan Chancellor 20 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Olen kick)|
|WKY||Tyler Higbee 63 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Casey Tinius kick)|
|WKY||Mitchell Henry 6 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Casey Tinius kick)|
|WKY||Bobby Rainey 1 yd run (Casey Tinius kick)|
|NTX||Christopher Bynes 4 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Olen kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||9-16||3-9|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||0-1|
|Kick Return Yds||42||111|
|Punt Return Yds||4||9|
|Time of Poss.||39:45||20:15|
|WKY: Bobby Rainey 37-214, Rico Brown 1-10, Kadeem Jones 3-9, Kawaun Jakes 4-8, Keshawn Simpson 1-8, Antonio Andrews 1-6, Team 2--3|
|NTX: James Hamilton 12-51, Derek Thompson 5-15, Lance Dunbar 3-2|
|WKY: Kawaun Jakes 19-29-231-0|
|NTX: Derek Thompson 20-35-254-2, Ivan Delgado 0-1-0-0|
|WKY: Jack Doyle 9-89, Bobby Rainey 4-48, Kadeem Jones 2-13, Tyler Higbee 1-63, Rico Brown 1-7, Mitchell Henry 1-6, Antonio Andrews 1-5|
|NTX: Brelan Chancellor 5-71, Ivan Delgado 4-45, Christopher Bynes 4-28, Andrew Power 3-40, James Hamilton 1-23, Derrick Teegarden 1-22, Daniel Prior 1-18, Breece Johnson 1-7|
|Western Kentucky||3rd Sun Belt||4-3||8-4|
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