MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – Brandon Doughty passed for 461 yards and three touchdowns, and Western Kentucky held off South Florida 45-35 to win the Miami Beach Bowl here at Marlins Park on Monday afternoon.
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Trailing 14-10 at halftime, the Hilltoppers (12-2) exploded offensively in the third quarter to outscore South Florida 28-7.
During that stretch, Doughty, who completed 32 of 45 passes for the game, threw two passes to Nicholas Norris for 69 and 55-yard touchdowns, while finding Jared Dangerfield for another TD.
Norris caught five balls for 120 yards, while Taywan Taylor took eight catches for 114 yards.
Anthony Wales ran for 105 yards and two scores on 14 carries, while Nacarius Fant rushed for another score.
The game was the final one for Western Kentucky quarterback Doughty, who was delighted at finishing his college career with the chance to lift the Miami Beach Bowl.
Doughty completed his career by joining 16 other FBS quarterbacks who have thrown for more than 12,000 career yards and 100 touchdowns.
He finished his career by throwing a touchdown pass in 28 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS.
Doughty also became the first player in WKU program history and the third player in Conference USA history to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season.
“It’s been a heck of a run,” Doughty said prior to lifting the bowl trophy. “That’s why you love this game.”
Quinton Flowers passed for 273 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 109 yards and two scores to lead South Florida, which rushed for 290 yards in the defeat.
Wide receiver Rodney Adams took six catches for 130 yards and a score, while running for a 34-yard score, which gave the Bulls (8-5) a 14-0 lead.
Tyre McCants had three catches for 88 yards and one touchdown for USF.
The 12 wins this season see Western Kentucky, which went 0-12 during the 2009 season, tying the program record for victories after finishing the 2002 campaign with a 12-3 record.