Western Kentucky entered Saturday afternoon's contest against the visiting Miami (Oh.) Redhawks as three touchdown favorite and it didn't take long for the Hilltoppers to prove the oddsmakers correct once again.
Quarterback Brandon Doughty was a perfect on all seven of his attempts and threw for 76 yards, capped with a nine yard connection with Antwane Grant for a opening-series touchdown. WKU picked up six first downs and averaged nine yards per play on their first drive of the game. The Hilltoppers defense opened just as quickly, allowing no yards and forcing a three-and-out on Miami's opening series.
That trend continued throughout the first half as Brandon Doughty threw for 375 yards and six different players reached end zone in a half that saw the hosts race to a 49-7 advantage. Running back D'Andre Ferby was also key, averaging 6.4 yards an attempt on his way to 75 first half yards. A pair of wide receivers - Taywan Taylor and Jared Dangerfield - both reached the century mark during the opening half. Despite allowing a 12-play 81-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, the WKU defense didn't allow much more, giving up just 121 yards, including only 27 on the ground.
The two teams employed a slower attack during the second half, with a Doughty to Tyler Higbee touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter finishing a short scoring drive for the first points of the final two quarters. Miami responded with its second score of the afternoon on its next possession when Gus Ragland connected with Ryan Smith for 16 yards.
The Hilltoppers outgained the Miami offense 569 to 291 yards. Doughty finished with 33 of 41 for 457 yards and six touchdowns. Nine differenent Hilltoppers caught a pass, led by Jared Dangerfields 11 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown. Taywan Taylor collected nine passes for a game-high 154 yards and two touchdowns. Making his second career start, Ferby rushed for 115 yards on 22 carries.
Linebackers T.J. McCollum and Nick Holt led the defense with seven tackles each, both registering a sack.
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