NORFOLK, Va. — Anthony Wales rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and Brandon Doughty threw for three scores to lead Western Kentucky to a 55-30 win over Old Dominion on Saturday.
Doughty, who has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in 23 consecutive games, completed 21 of 28 pass attempts for 276 yards. Nicholas Norris pulled in five of those for 117 yards and one score for Western Kentucky (7-2, 5-0 Conference USA).
Wales, who finished with 185 yards, ran for a 44-yard score and Doughty hit Norris on a 54-yard scoring strike in the second quarter as the Hilltoppers pulled away for a 31-10 lead at the break.
Old Dominion (3-5, 1-3) closed to 41-23 when Shuler Bentley, who threw for three scores, tossed a touchdown pass to Marques Little from the 16 on the first play of the final quarter. The Hilltoppers answered when Wales broke for a score from the 19 with 12:57 left.
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■ This was WKU's eighth straight win over a C-USA opponent, the longest streak since 2011-2012.
■ The 5-0 start in conference play is the first for WKU in the FBS era and first since going 7-0 in OVC play in 2000.
■ WKU's seven wins through nine game are the most since 2004.
■ The Hilltoppers have scored at least 40 points against every C-USA opponent this season.