Anthony Wales rushed for 111 yards and four touchdowns to lead Western Kentucky to a dominating 49-21 win over visiting Florida International on Saturday evening.
Freshman running back Quentin Baker started another high-scoring outing for the Hilltoppers (7-3, 5-1) when he capped an opening-series 10-play, 76-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. Taywan Taylor added a 41-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the second quarter to help build a quick 21-7 advantage.
Leverick Johnson contributed a highlight interception on a tipped ball, returning it 61 yards for a 28-7 second quarter lead.
Wales began his scoring with a one-yard second quarter plunge. Three consecutive rushing scores, including twice in the third quarter, further entrenched the Louisville Central product into the WKU record books. Now with 17 touchdowns on the season, Wales is in second place and within two scores of equaling program's single-season record set by Dickie Moore in 1967. He's also currently second nationally behind Louisville's Lamar Jackson for most rushing touchdowns.
WKU quarterback Mike White completed 16 of 23 for 274 yards and a touchdown. He's currently fifth nationally in both passing efficiency (176.6) and passing yards (3,057).
The win allows WKU to remain in control of its Conference USA destiny. Winners of four straight games, the Hilltoppers lead the league's East Division to remain on pace to reach the C-USA Championship for a second consecutive season.
With 11 stops, including a tackle for a loss, linebacker Keith Brown led the Hilltoppers in total tackles for an eighth straight game.