BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Brandon Doughty threw for a school-record 569 yards and six touchdowns to help Western Kentucky beat Bowling Green State 59-31 on Friday night in the head coaching debuts of Jeff Brohm and Dino Babers.
Brohm's Hilltoppers had a school-record 702 total yards against the defending MAC champions.
"Everything went extremely well. We wanted to take care of the quarterback and get completions for him and get him confidence," Brohm said. "(Doughty) also made scrambles and good plays outside the pocket. He definitely has improved his play."
The Hilltoppers broke five school records in their first win as members of Conference USA.
"It was one of those games where everything seemed to go right," Brohm said. "Our receivers made tremendous plays with the ball and you couldn't have wrote the script any better. It's a great start, but it's one of 12 games. It's a great way to start the season."
Along with Doughty's single-game yards, completions and touchdown marks, the 59 points were a FBS school record for most points.
"I thought we played Hilltopper football and what we're supposed to be about this year," Doughty said. "We really stressed the game plan this week and we came out and executed."
Western Kentucky raced to a 21-0 lead on Leon Allen's 2-yard run, and Doughty's 55-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor, and 34-yarder to Atwane Grant.
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