BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Senior quarterback Brandon Doughty threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as his Red squad pulled away to defeat the White team, 58-10, in WKU’s annual Red and White Spring Game on Saturday.
In front of an estimated 4,500 fans inside Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, the Hilltoppers went through their final scrimmage and practice of the spring under first year head coach Jeff Brohm, who came away impressed by his team’s intensity on both sides of the ball.
“I thought we finished off the spring with a good performance today,” Brohm said. “We had some guys make plays on both sides of the ball which is what we need, and we developed some guys on both sides of the ball which is what we need. Overall, I feel that we got a lot accomplished.”
Offensively for WKU, Doughty and junior quarterback Nelson Fishback split halves for the Tops with Fishback taking over the Red team offense in the second half. Doughty’s 365 yards in the first half came on 21-of-34 passing with four touchdowns of 42, 70 and a pair from six yards. Fishback totaled 205 yards on 14-of-21 attempts with both teams while throwing three touchdowns from three, 33 and 51 yards.
On the ground, junior Leon Allen, the presumptive replacement for All-American Antonio Andrews, carried the ball nine times for 53 yards in the first half. Allen was spelled by Anthony Wales and Darmontre Warr, each who rushed for 43 yards on seven and eight carries, respectively.
Receivers Taywan Taylor and Jared Dangerfield combined for 14 catches for 283 and proved to be downfield threats. Taylor took the first pass on his team’s second possession 70 yards down the sideline for one of his two touchdowns on the day. In all, Hilltopper receivers tallied four touchdowns over 30 yards or more.
In total, the Hilltoppers racked up 831 yards of total offense including 642 through the air.
Defensively, WKU was led by junior linebacker Nick Holt who racked up six tackles (four assisted) with a tackle for loss as well as a 40-yard interception return. Redshirt freshman defensive back Juwan Gardner also racked up six tackles (three solo) and snagged a 26-yard interception return.
The Spring Game concludes the spring season for the Hilltoppers who will now turn their focus to summer conditioning in preparation for their August 29 season opener against defending Mid-American Conference champions Bowling Green State.
It was also the final game for the turf currently on Feix Field as the turf replacement project begins on Monday. Fans voted last month on the color of the endzones and Black was the overwhelming favorite.
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