BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- — Bailey Zappe passed for 470 yards and six touchdowns as Western Kentucky rolled to a 52-17 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday.
The Hilltoppers (7-4, 6-1 Conference USA) lead the East Division and travel to play second-place Marshall in the regular-season finale next Saturday.
Zappe had a 1-yard TD toss to Jerreth Sterns to open the scoring and connected with Mitchell Tinsley for an 8-yarder as WKU grabbed a 14-3 lead. Zappe hit Joey Beljan for a 3-yard TD before Teja Young picked him off and returned it 62 yards for a score — pulling the Owls (5-6, 3-4) within 21-10. Zappe answered with a 3-yard TD toss to freshman Malachi Corley and Brayden Narveson followed with a 26-yard field goal to give the Hilltoppers a 31-10 lead at the half.
Zappe completed 39 of 49 passes with two picks. Tinsley finished with nine catches for 164 yards, while Sterns caught 12 for 143.
More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP--Top25.
Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25
College football transfer portal tracker: Top players, predictions, analysis, more
More college football players are entering the transfer portal each year. As the season winds down, we will analyze top players as they enter the portal and make new commitments.
Western Michigan football coach Tim Lester receives 2-year contract extension
Tim Lester, coming off his best season yet as Western Michigan's head coach, has received a two-year extension through the 2025 season.
College football SP+ rankings following the New Year's Six bowl games
Here are the updated SP+ rankings as bowl season heads to a close.
Brenden Rice, son of Jerry Rice, to transfer from Colorado to play college football for USC Trojans
Brenden Rice, the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice who caught 21 passes for 299 yards and 3 TDs last season for Colorado, is transferring to USC, he announced.
Ranking all 32 teams that have made the College Football Playoff
With some CFP newcomers this year, we rank every team that has made the playoff over the past eight seasons.
LSU football team lands former Missouri defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo
Defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo announced he's heading to LSU after one year at Missouri