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Western Kentucky smacks down FIU 49-21

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Sometimes there are those games that no matter what, you are not going to win. Such was the case for the Florida International Panthers on Saturday as they were steamrolled by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 49-21 on Saturday in Bowling Green, Ky.

Things got out of hand fairly quickly. After the Hilltoppers scored on their first two possessions, FAU got on the board when Maurice Alexander got into the end zone on a two-yard run.

Alexander was starting at quarterback in place of Alex McGough.

From there, WKU scored 35 unanswered points to eliminate any drama. Coach Jeff Brohm began getting many of his starters out of the game.

Christian Alexander came in at quarterback for the Panthers, leading FIU on an 81-yard scoring drive, then flipping a touchdown pass to Austin Maloney after recovering a fumble deep in WKU territory. Both scores came against reserves.

Mike White led the Hilltoppers with 274 passing yards and a touchdown before ending his night midway through the third quarter. Anthony Wales rushed for 111 yards and four touchdowns.

Maurice White managed only 129 yards passing for FIU with two interceptions. He was the leading rusher with 62 yards.

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 3-7 overall and 3-3 in Conference USA. Next Saturday is a bye week before hosting Marshall on November 19.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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