Western Kentucky removed any concern about how it would respond following its first defeat of the season when it hosted Miami of Ohio at Houchens-Smith Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It took the Hilltoppers about six minutes to build a 14-0 advantage and used a dominating performance from both sides of the ball to cruise to an easy 56-14 win over the non-conference opponent.
Quite a few items of note from the game. Be sure to visit the photo gallery for even more notes from the game.
- WKU has now won 10 of its last 11 games out-of-conference opponents from non-Power 5 conferences.
- The win was the sixth-straight home win for the Hilltoppers, the longest streak since moving to FBS and longest since winning 10 between 2003-05. WKU is now 6-1 at home under Jeff Brohm.
- The attendance of 20,320 was the most in the Brohm era and most since the Morgan State game on Sept. 21, 2013.
- Garrett Schwettman became WKU’s all-time scoring leader with 304 points, passing Chris James’ 298 points from 2004-07.
- WKU scored on its opening drive of the game for the 19th time, with 16 touchdowns, in the past 29 games.
- Doughty went 7-for-7 for 76 yards and threw a touchdown on the drive. The perfect drive is the fourth of his career. He is now 74-of-87 (.85) for 880 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career on first drives.
- The 272 yards in the first quarter were the most for WKU in any quarter in school history.
- Senior quarterback Brandon Doughty threw for 457 yards in the game to become WKU’s all-time leader in career total yards, passing Justin Haddix’s 8,890 yards from 2003-06. He also added six touchdown passes, most in a single game by a C-USA quarterback this season.
- Doughty has thrown a touchdown pass in 18 straight games, the second-longest active streak in FBS behind TCU’s Trevone Boykin with 19.
- Defensive back Drell Green became the first true freshman to play for WKU this season after playing in a reserve role in the second half.
- Wide receiver Jared Dangerfield caught his 13th-career touchdown, moving into a tie for ninth in WKU history with Jake Gaebler (2006-09).
- DeAndre Farris (1st Half) and Leverick Johnson (2nd half) both registered their first-career interception in the game.
- Running back D’Andre Ferby collected the first 100-rushing game of his career and first by a WKU back this season with 115.
- Returner Kylen Towner moved into seventh in WKU history in career kick-return yards with 853.