BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Kawaun Jakes threw for a career-high 296 yards and four touchdowns to lead Western Kentucky over Austin Peay 49-10 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
The fourth-year starting quarterback completed 18-of-23 passes, including touchdown passes of 21 yards to Willie McNeal, 15 yards to Tim Gorski, 13 yards to Boe Brand and 18 yards to Kadeem Jones. He also ran for a 9-yard touchdown.
Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews scored the game's first touchdown on a 70 yard punt return.
The Hilltoppers defense held Austin Peay, a Football Championship Subdivision team, to 154 total yards while the Western Kentucky offense amassed 596 yards overall.
The lone negative for the Hilltoppers was field-goal kicking. Western Kentucky, which hit 5 of 20 field goals last year, missed all three attempts against Austin Peay.
|WKY||Antonio Andrews 70 yd punt return (Jesse Roy kick)|
|WKY||Willie McNeal 21 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Jesse Roy kick)|
|WKY||Tim Gorski 15 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman kick)|
|WKY||Kawaun Jakes 9 yd run (Garrett Schwettman kick)|
|WKY||Boe Brand 13 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman kick)|
|AP||Wesley Kitts 68 yd run (Stephen Stansell kick)|
|WKY||Kadeem Jones 18 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman kick)|
|WKY||Leon Allen 4 yd run (Garrett Schwettman kick)|
|AP||Stephen Stansell 44 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||1-12||6-9|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-1||0-1|
|Kick Return Yds||132||74|
|Punt Return Yds||0||74|
|Time of Poss.||27:7||32:53|
|AP: Wesley Kitts 10-104, Terrence Oliver 12-32, Ean Pemberton 8-11, Reco Williams 3-11, Johnathan Shuler 2-0, Jake Ryan 2--15|
|WKY: Leon Allen 13-93, Keshawn Simpson 8-60, Antonio Andrews 6-39, Marquis Sumler 5-32, Kawaun Jakes 3-21, Kadeem Jones 2-7, James Mauro 2--8|
|AP: Jake Ryan 2-10-11-1, Jacob Sexton 0-1-0-0|
|WKY: Kawaun Jakes 18-23-296-1, James Mauro 2-3-56-0, Brandon Doughty 0-1-0-0|
|AP: Devin Stark 2-11|
|WKY: Jack Doyle 5-76, Antonio Andrews 4-59, Boe Brand 3-55, Austin Aikens 2-72, Willie McNeal 2-23, Marcus Vasquez 1-24, Kadeem Jones 1-18, Tim Gorski 1-15, Rico Brown 1-10|