Western Kentucky claims C-USA East Division title with a 49-28 win over Marshall

Western Kentucky University's football program won the Conference-USA East Division title on Friday afternoon, whipping Marshall 49-28 in Bowling Green before a crowd of 17,000 fans. The Toppers will host the C-USA title game next weekend.

It wasn't perfect, but it was good enough.

Brandon Doughty threw for 370 yards and five touchdowns, the offense overcame two first-half fumbles and the defense was exceptional for much of the game as Western Kentucky University rolled Marshall 49-28 on Friday.

With the victory, the Hilltoppers (10-2, 8-0) earned the right to host the conference championship game next weekend and will face the winner of Saturday's game between Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi.

"I'm excited," WKU coach Jeff Brohm said. "This is something we have worked hard for and for a year. It's a team effort and our guys found a way to come away with a win today."

It only took WKU 44 seconds to get on the board first.

Nick Norris caught a 35-yard TD pass from Doughty and the romp started. The Toppers were up 21-0 and led 35-14 at halftime as the offense put up over 400 yards in the first two quarters.

Doughty finished 27 of 39 for 370 yards and five TDs. He became the first player in Division I history to have consecutive seasons with more than 4,000 yards passing and 40 touchdown throws. He has 4,214 yards and 42 TDs this season.

Tyler Higbee - back after a knee injury - had six catches for 92 yards and two TDs. Antwane Grant and Taywan Taylor also had TD catches.

Ace Wales had 24 carries for 131 yards and one TD, while D'Andre Ferby added 62 yards on 12 carries.

The defense held Marshall to just 31 yards rushing, recovered two fumbles and had two interceptions.


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