WKU Football’s redshirt senior quarterback Brandon Doughty and redshirt junior defensive back Wonderful Terry have been named the Conference USA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week after their pivotal roles in the Hilltoppers’ 35-27 win over UTEP, the league announced Monday afternoon.
Doughty turned in his seventh 300-yard performance of the season and led WKU back from a 13-point deficit late in the third quarter while Terry recorded the game-winning touchdown by returning an interception 90 yards in the fourth quarter. The C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honor is Doughty’s third this season while the Defensive Player of the Week is Terry’s second. As a team, WKU joins Marshall as the only programs to garner Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week accolades in the same week in 2014.
Doughty connected on 23-of-34 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, with two of those touchdowns sparking 21 unanswered points from WKU in the final 18 minutes. Trailing 27-14 with 3:35 left in the third quarter, Doughty led back-to-back 70-yard touchdown drives and capped both with scoring tosses while also getting a touchdown from his defense to put the Hilltoppers in front 35-27. The Hiltoppers only had four second-half possessions and had the ball for less than 10 minutes but they managed to churn out 207 yards with Doughty completing 10-of-14 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the final 18 minutes to complete the comeback.
With the Miners leading 27-21 with 12:40 to go and threatening to extend their lead deep in WKU territory, Terry jumped in front of a quick pass to the outside, intercepted it and raced 90 yards for his third defensive touchdown of the season. Terry’s interception put WKU ahead for good at 28-27 and sparked a dominant quarter for the Hilltopper defense as it did not allow a point or third-down conversion in the final frame. His play was a part of 21 unanswered points for WKU as it rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to halt the Miners’ three-game winning streak.
The C-USA honors add to tremendous 2014 campaigns for both Doughty and Terry. Through nine games, Doughty has already established WKU single-season records for completions (268), yards (3,329) and touchdown passes (28) while ranking Top 3 among FBS quarterbacks in all three categories. He is the only quarterback in the nation with over 700 yards passing and no interceptions on third down and has been extremely lethal at home, where he’s completed 76.5 percent of his passes for 1,583 yards and 16 touchdowns compared to no interceptions.
Terry, who was also named an Honorable Mention National Defensive Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards Monday, is now one of three players in the FBS with three defensive touchdowns in 2014 and became the first Hilltopper to accomplish the feat since Bobby Sippio in 2000. He has three of WKU’s five defensive scores this season, with the others coming at Illinois (95-yard fumble return) and Navy (43-yard interception return).
Both Doughty and Terry will get back to work with the Hilltoppers Tuesday as they continue their climb toward bowl eligibility. WKU (4-5, 2-4) welcomes Army (3-6) to Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium Saturday in a nationally televised contest at 11 a.m. (CT) on CBS Sports Network.