Malachi Corley Starts the Season’s Scoring for Western Kentucky

Lyn Scarbrough

August 31, 2022 at 8:24 am.

Malachi Corley makes a diving touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of Western Kentucky’s season-opener. The Hilltoppers beat Austin Peay 38-27, thanks to Corley’s 3 TD catches (Photo: WKU Athletics)

There were big questions facing Western Kentucky football heading into the 2022 season.

Who could replace record-setting quarterback Bailey Zappe? All that he did for the Hilltoppers last season was set the all-time NCAA single-season record for passing yards and touchdown passes.

And, could there be adequate pass receivers to replace the unit that averaged almost 434 yards receiving per game last season?

If Saturday’s game is an indication, head coach Tyson Helton’s team doesn’t need to worry.

Sophomore wide receiver Malachi Corley caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Austin Reed, a redshirt junior transfer from West Florida, including the late-game dicing score, in the 38-27 win over Austin Peay.

That touchdown catch has been chosen as the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish “Catch of the Week.”

For the game, Corley had five receptions for 61 yards and the three scores. Reed passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns.

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