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FAU vs. Western Kentucky 2012 results: Owls get biggest win of 2012 with 37-28 upset

Not a lot has gone right for the Owls this season but on Saturday against Western Kentucky, they showed up determined to steal one.

Kevin C. Cox

The Florida Atlantic Owls got their best win of the season with a 37-28 upset over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Saturday afternoon.

The Owls forced four WKU turnovers Saturday which was the huge difference-maker with the game sitting at 14-14 after one half.

Kawaun Jakes second interception late in the third gave the Owls a short field for a 20-yard Daniel McKinney receiving touchdown to break the tie.

WKU had a chance to tie it up early in the fourth but Garrett Schwettman missed an easy chip shot field goal from 32-yards out. The Owls then proceeded to go on a clutch 80-yard drive to extend their lead back up to 10 with three minutes left after a four-yard touchdown from RB Damian Fortner.

After a fluky fumble recovery touchdown from the Hilltoppers with two minutes left, FAU's Keith Reaser jumped in front of an attempted hook and lateral and brought it to the house to give the Owls the upset.

Box Score Hero: Owls WR William Dukes (nine receptions, 104 yards) was consistently moving the chains while Graham Wilbert did a solid job protecting the ball (23-of-36, 257 yards, two touchdowns).

But Did They Cover? The Hilltoppers were 16-point favorites so it probably goes without saying that they didn't come close to doing their job.

Next Week's Schedule: The Owls will be looking to carry over their strong play from this week into their Friday matchup against the Florida International Panthers. As for the Hilltoppers, they'll be playing their final road game of the year against LA-Lafayette.

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