Jaquez Johnson hits Lucky Whitehead to lift FAU past Western Kentucky

Florida Atlantic Owls quarterback Jaquez Johnson (12) reacts after his touchdown runs against Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as wide receiver Kalib Woods (81) looks on in the second quarter.

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Jaquez Johnson connected with Lucky Whitehead on a 61-yard pass play with 1:23 left and Florida Atlantic rallied for a 45-38 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday.

The Owls (3-4, 2-1 Conference USA) trailed 38-28 entering the fourth quarter but Greg Joseph kicked a field goal after missing two previous tries and Greg Howell scored his first touchdown of the season on 4-yard run with 2:18 left to tie the game.

Johnson, who also ran for a score, was 23-of-34 passing for 325 yards and three touchdowns, two to Whitehead, the conference’s all-purpose yardage and receptions leader coming in. Whitehead had 125 yards receiving.

Brandon Doughty was 28 of 44 for 335 yards with three scores and an interception for the Hilltoppers (2-4, 0-3). Leon Allen ran for two scores for WKU, which tied a program record by scoring 30-plus points for the eighth straight game over two seasons.