You won’t catch Brandon Doughty having two off games in a row very often. In fact, a lot of quarterbacks around the nation would love to have what some may consider an “off” game for Doughty. Last week against Vanderbilt, Doughty was 19-30 for 209 yards and a touchdown in a 14-12 win in Nashville. Against Louisiana Tech on Thursday night, he turned in a 28-38, 441-yard performance with another touchdown to go on top of it. But no matter how the box score reads after a game, one thing is clear for Doughty: Winning is all that matters.
“We talked all offseason about, hey you may get some good numbers you may not but what you’re gonna need to do is just help us win the game regardless of what it is,” coach Jeff Brohm said of his quarterback following the game.
If the LA Tech game showed us anything about Doughty, it’s that he’s focused and dedicated to making his last year on the Hill a special one. The 59-10 thumping the Bulldogs put on WKU last season stuck in his mind.
“I’d be lying to you if I told you it didn’t hold more significance. This one meant a little more to me because I played pretty bad last year,” Doughty said.
Doughty was in full form this time around, going through his progressions masterfully all night long. He was a perfect 10-10 with 133 yards in the first ten minutes of the game, and was only sacked once despite being flushed out of the pocket on several occasions. The scoring started quick as Doughty fired a 37-yard touchdown to Taywan Taylor on the opening drive. Doughty had a lot more success spreading the ball around against the Bulldogs compared to the Vandy game. Tight end Tyler Higbee was clutch, converting two third downs and a fourth down on the night. Doughty had three receivers with at least 73 yards receiving (Taylor 97, Higbee 88 and Antwane Grant 73) and nine players caught passes.
“We just had a really good game plan going into it. I know Coach Helton was stressing about it all week, he lost a couple years of his life [putting the game plan together],” Doughty joked. “We knew that guys were gonna be open and we just executed it well,” he said.
Part of executing the plan well is not turning the ball over, and a stat that really sunk the Toppers in last year’s contest against LA Tech was Doughty’s four interceptions.
“What I talk about right now is that in two games he has zero interceptions,” Brohm said. “With him not turning it over that’s why we won the game again. He didn’t try to do too much.”
There aren’t too many things that can bother Brandon Doughty on the football field. He made the big throws when they mattered on Thursday night in L.T. Smith Stadium, and he’ll be ready to make them again next week against IU in Bloomington.