MIAMI -- Darian Mallary paced Florida International to a season-high 235 rushing yards and a 28-21 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday.
Mallary finished with 97 yards on nine carries as the Panthers (1-4, 1-0 Sun Belt Conference) extended Western Kentucky's losing streak to 25 games.
The Hilltoppers (0-5, 0-1) had the ball on the Florida International 18 late, but two defensive stops by the Panthers spoiled the would-be rally.
Western Kentucky pulled to 28-21 on Jakes' 53-yard TD pass to Dexter Haynes with 5:47 remaining.
Jakes finished with two touchdowns and 193 yards on 14-for-31 passing.
Darriet Perry had 64 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries for the Panthers.