White throws 4 TD passes; WKU beats North Texas 45-7

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Mike White threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns and Western Kentucky rolled to a 45-7 victory over North Texas on Saturday.

Western Kentucky (8-3, 6-1) held the Mean Green (4-5, 2-4) to 232 total yards of offense, just 55 in the first half, and didn't give up a score until the game was well out of reach.

The defending Conference USA champion Hilltoppers won their fifth straight and control the race for the conference's East Division title. The Hilltoppers can lock a spot in the conference championship game with a win at Marshall on Nov. 26.

White connected with Taywan Taylor in the first quarter for touchdown passes of 64 and 75 yards in the first six plays of the game.

Taylor led with 166 yards receiving and three scores. Anthony Wales had 121 yards rushing and ran for a 3-yard TD to put Western Kentucky up 31-0 at the half.