WKU Football redshirt senior quarterback Brandon Doughty threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns for the third time this season in the Hilltoppers’ 45-7 win over UTSA last weekend and his efforts were rewarded with him being named a Manning Award Star of the Week for the third time in 2014, the organization announced Monday.
Doughty connected on 26-of-35 passes for 346 yards and five touchdowns in the rout, which was sparked by three touchdown passes of 47 yards or longer in the opening 26 minutes to jump out to a 21-0 advantage. He added a pair of touchdown passes to redshirt junior wide receiver Jared Dangerfield and led three second-half scoring drives to ice the victory that made WKU bowl eligible for the fourth-consecutive season.
The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, named eight quarterbacks as its “Stars of the Week.” College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Friday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.
Fans can vote at this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154815955590459.1073741882.297090315458&type=1
The College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) also recognized Doughty as an Honorable Mention National Quarterback of the Week. WKU redshirt junior defensive lineman Gavin Rocker was also awarded honorable mention distinction by the CFPA after tallying two sacks, forcing and recovering a fumble in WKU’s dominant defensive effort against UTSA.
Doughty’s 36 touchdown passes lead the nation, his 3,853 yards rank second nationally and he is one of just four FBS quarterbacks with 25 more touchdown passes than interceptions this season. He capped his 2014 home slate with 2,107 yards and 24 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Doughty leads Conference USA with eight 300-yard performances and three five-touchdown performances in 2014.
He has been the orchestrator of the best offense in program history as the unit has established single-season records for points, yards, passing yards, passing first downs, touchdown passes, completions and first-quarter points this season. The Hilltoppers are also on pace to set team records for touchdowns, points per game, yards per game, passing yards per game and first downs.
Doughty’s accolades add to a long list of awards for the senior slinger who has been tabbed the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week three times, a Manning Award Star of the Week three times, the CFPA National Quarterback Performer of the Week twice and received one Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week honor in addition to landing on Phil Steele’s Midseason Conference USA First Team.
Doughty and his Hilltopper teammates will face their stiffest test of the season Friday when they travel to No. 19 Marshall in search of win No. 7. For the most up-to-date information on WKU Football, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUFootball or on Facebook by liking ‘WKU Football.’