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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-4)


Sat. 11/13 Sat. 11/20 Sat. 11/27
@ Rice
W 42-21
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vs. FlaAtl
W 52-17
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@ Marsh
W 53-21
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Zappe leads WKU past Marshall for C-USA East Division crown

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Bailey Zappe threw four touchdown passes - all in the second half - and Western Kentucky spotted Marshall 14 points before pulling away for a 53-21 victory on Saturday, laying claim to Conference USA's East Division crown.

In a game between the top two teams in the East, the Hilltoppers (8-4, 7-1) ran off 36 unanswered points to earn the right to face 15th-ranked UTSA in the conference championship game on Dec. 3 in San Antonio.

Western Kentucky managed just two field goals by Brayden Narveson and trailed 14-6 at halftime. Zappe came out firing in the third quarter. He hooked up with Daewood Davis for a 47-yard TD just 1:19 into the third quarter. Zappe followed that with a 14-yard TD toss to Malachi Corley before firing a 50-yard scoring strike to Davis midway through the quarter. Narveson added a 53-yard field goal and WKU led 29-14 heading to the fourth. Zappe's final TD toss was an 8-yarder to Dalvin Smith 52 seconds in. Davion Williams capped the scoring for the Hilltoppers with a 45-yard pick-6 in the final minute.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: B. Zappe4640
Passing TDs: B. Zappe48
Rushing Yards: N. Whittington383
Rushing TDs: A. Cofield4
Receiving Yards: J. Sterns1511
Receiving TDs: J. Sterns12
Interceptions: O. Alexander3
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/2 vs. UT Martin W 59 - 21
9/11 at Army West Point L 35 - 38
9/25 vs. Indiana L 31 - 33
10/2 at 17 Michigan State L 31 - 48
10/9 vs. UTSA L 46 - 52
10/16 at Old Dominion W 43 - 20
10/23 at FIU W 34 - 19
10/30 vs. Charlotte W 45 - 13
11/6 vs. Middle Tennessee W 48 - 21
11/13 at Rice W 42 - 21
11/20 vs. Florida Atlantic W 52 - 17
11/27 at Marshall W 53 - 21
Conference USA
East
  Conference Overall
Western Kentucky 6-1 7-4
Marshall 5-2 7-4
Old Dominion 5-3 6-6
Florida Atlantic 3-4 5-6
Middle Tennessee 3-4 5-6
Charlotte 3-5 5-7
Florida International 0-8 1-11
West
  Conference Overall
22 Texas-San Antonio 7-1 11-1
UAB 6-2 8-4
North Texas 5-3 6-6
UTEP 4-4 7-5
Rice 3-5 4-8
Southern Miss 2-6 3-9
Louisiana Tech 2-6 3-9
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 5816 (5)
Passing Yards: 4745 (1)
Rushing Yards: 1071 (128)
Points per game: 42.4 (6)
Yards per game: 528.7 (3)
Touchdowns: 59 (6)
Field Goals: 16 (41)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4611 (94)
Passing Yards: 2933 (117)
Rushing Yards: 1678 (63)
Points per game: 27.5 (84)
Yards per game: 419.2 (101)
Touchdowns: 36 (80)
Field Goals: 13 (85)
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