Brandon Doughty's final game at Western Kentucky perfectly epitomized his career with the Hilltoppers, with a slow start followed by a record-setting finish.
Doughty threw for 461 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 25 Western Kentucky overcame an early 14-point deficit to beat South Florida, 45-35, on Monday in the Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park in Miami.
Doughty finished the season with 5,055 yards for the Hilltoppers (12-2), the 14th time in Football Bowl Subdivision history that a quarterback has reached the 5,000 mark. His six-year career at the school — it took him three to become the starter — ended with these numbers: 1,023 completions, 12,855 yards and 111 touchdowns.
"It's been a heck of a run," Doughty said just before hoisting the bowl trophy.
South Florida (8-5) nearly stole the show from Doughty with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns that got the Bulls to within 38-35.
But Anthony Wales' second touchdown of the day, a 42-yard scamper with 5 minutes 5 seconds left, helped seal it for the Hilltoppers. Nicholas Norris hauled in touchdown passes of 69 and 55 yards in the third quarter for Western Kentucky, and Jared Dangerfield made a highlight-caliber 26-yard TD catch over three defenders to cap a 28-point third quarter for the Hilltoppers.