Recap: Western Ky vs. Old Dominion
Bowling Green, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Doughty threw for 371 yards and five touchdowns, as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers outlasted the Old Dominion Monarchs, 66-51, in a Conference USA shootout at Houchens Industries- L.T. Smith Stadium.
Doughty completed 23-of-26 passes and went without an interception for WKU (3-4, 1-3 C-USA), which snapped a two-game losing streak. Leon Allen carried the ball 32 times for 182 yards and two scores. Jared Dangerfield (eight receptions, 95 yards, TD), Taywan Taylor (four receptions, 77 yards, TD) and Antwane Grant (four receptions, 61 yards, two TDs) all had notable receiving performances.
For ODU (3-5, 1-4), Taylor Heinicke was 27-of-40 passing for a season-high 471 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. Ray Lawry turned 25 carries into 148 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs, and Antonio Vaughan caught six passes for a career-best 220 yards and two scores.
The high-scoring affair began with a touchdown on the first drive, as Allen gave WKU a lead with a 1-yard touchdown run less than three minutes in.
Jarrett Cervi put ODU on the board with a 41-yard field goal two minutes later.
WKU went ahead 21-3 before the first quarter was out with a pair of Doughty touchdown passes, the first to Grant from six yards out and the second a 45- yarder to Joel German.
Lawry rushed in two touchdowns early in the second quarter, a 12-yarder and a 1-yarder. The extra point following his second touchdown was missed and the score remained 21-16.
Doughty and Grant hooked up again at the 10:19 mark of the second quarter on a 16-yard touchdown.
Heinicke got into the scoring act less than two minutes later with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Vaughan.
The Hilltoppers answered back just two plays later when Doughty tossed a 34- yard touchdown to Taylor.
The Monarchs took a break from the quick-strike mentality with an 11-play, 89- yard drive, which was capped off by a 28-yard touchdown toss from Heinicke to Melvin Vaughn.
WKU responded with just 12 seconds left in the half with yet another Doughty touchdown pass, a 19-yarder to Dangerfield, to take a 42-30 lead into intermission.
The scoring barrage continued after halftime, beginning with a 17-yard touchdown run by Lawry four minutes into the third quarter to bring ODU within five, although the ensuing kickoff was returned by Kylen Towner 94 yards for a score for WKU.
Lawry's big day continued on the Monarch's next drive, running in a 4-yard score.
WKU went back ahead by 12, 56-44, with 5:11 left in the third following a 12- yard touchdown run by Allen.
Heinicke and Vaughan connected again late in the third, this time from 39 yards out.
WKU's defense got into the act midway through the fourth quarter. With ODU threatening to take the lead deep in WKU territory, Juwan Gardner picked off a Heinicke pass and returned it 96 yards for a score.
The final score of the wild game came with just over two minutes remaining when Garrett Schwettman put the finishing touches on WKU's win with a 27-yard field goal.
The teams combined for 1,244 yards, with ODU (643) slightly outgaining WKU (601).Game Notes