A pair of Western Kentucky All-American candidates - quarterback Brandon Doughty and wide receiver Taywan Taylor - connected for a 73-yard touchdown play on the games second offensive play to set a trend that continued until Conference USA officials called the game five minutes early due to lightning in the area.
Hilltopper head coach Jeff Brohm received a near perfect performance in all phases of the game as WKU recorded its largest blowout victory of its FBS era, winning 63-7 at FIU on Saturday. Using a balanced attack, the WKU offense gained 477 yards and was a perfect 5-of-5 in the red zone.
Defensive coordinator Nick Holt saw his unit limit the Panthers to just 168 total yards and allowed FIU to convert just 2-of-14 third down conversion attempts.
Taylor established a new WKU single-season record for receiving yards with 1,151, while also moving into second place for career touchdown receptions with 21 and third for career total receiving yards.
Anthony Wales recorded his fifth consecutive 100 yard outing against C-USA competition.
Doughty, who three touchdown passes in the win, became the 21st quarterback in FBS history to throw for 100 career passing touchdowns.
The win sets up a winner takes all meeting against Marshall on Friday night at Houchens-Smith Stadium. The victor will claim the C-USA East division crown and host the Conference USA championship game.