GATEWAY CONFERENCE Owls snap losing streak with win over Illinois St.
Western Kentucky had no trouble in Florida.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Jared Allen threw for two touchdowns and Florida Atlantic's defense intercepted Illinois State quarterback Yance Vaughan five times in the Owls' 28-0 win Saturday.
It was the first home win of the season for Florida Atlantic (7-3) and snapped a two-game losing streak for the Owls.
Illinois State (4-7) lost its third straight game. It was the first shutout against the Redbirds since Nov. 2, 2002, a 9-0 loss to Western Kentucky.
Allen was 14-for-23 for 136 yards and threw touchdown passes to Larry Taylor and Doug Parker. Daveon Barron had a rushing touchdown.
Vaughan finished 11-for-27 for 169 yards for Illinois State, but completed just one pass in the first half.
In the third quarter, Florida Atlantic's Willie Hughley intercepted a Vaughan pass and returned it to the Illinois State 18-yard line. Six plays later, Parker caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Allen to give the Owls a 25-0 lead.
W. Kentucky 35, Fla. International 14
MIAMI -- Brian Porter ran for a career-high 213 yards and four touchdowns as Western Kentucky scored 21 straight points in the second half to defeat Florida International.
Western Kentucky's option running attack overwhelmed FIU's 99th-ranked rushing defense for 383 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Western Kentucky (9-2) shut out FIU (2-6) in the second half, after the teams went into halftime tied, 14-14.
The Hilltoppers opened a 21-14 lead less than three minutes into the second half when Porter took a pitch from quarterback Justin Haddix and scored on a 5-yard run.
Porter added touchdown runs of 67 and 46 yards to tie the school record for touchdowns in a single game.
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