BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Backup quarterback Javion Posey scored the game’s only touchdown on an 11-yard run with 2:27 remaining and Florida Atlantic beat Western Kentucky 10-6 on Saturday night.
Posey, a redshirt freshman, replaced starter Nick Tronti to begin FAU’s first possession of the fourth quarter and, after five consecutive runs by the Owls, had his first collegiate pass — and only attempt of the game — intercepted by Western Kentucky’s Kyle Bailey. But the Hilltoppers went three-and-out and then Posey led a 12-play, 75-yard drive capped by his TD run that gave Florida Atlantic a 10-6 lead. He had five carries for 33 yards — including a 15-yard run on third-and-3 from near midfield to keep the drive alive.
Posey finished with nine carries for 60 yards. Tronti was 7-of-16 passing for 106 yards. BJ Emmons added 56 yards rushing on 14 carries for FAU (3-1, 3-1 Conference USA).
Vladimir Rivas kicked a 40-yard field goal to open the scoring with nearly nine minutes left in the third quarter. Brayden Narveson tied it with a 32-yarder about six minutes later and then made a 49-yarder to give WKU its first lead with 8:09 to play.
Tyrrell Pigrome, a graduate transfer from Maryland, was 19-of-39 passing for 163 yards for the Hilltoppers. Gaej Walker had 78 yards rushing on 78 carries.
Western Kentucky (2-6, 1-3) has lost back-to-back games for the third time this season.