Doughty, Western Kentucky ease by North Texas 55-28

DENTON, Texas (AP) Brandon Doughty passed for 350 yards and four touchdowns, and Anthony Wales had 259 total yards and three touchdowns to help Western Kentucky beat North Texas 55-28 on Thursday night for its seventh straight Conference USA victory.

Doughty found Wales out of the backfield for a 5-yard touchdown to open the scoring and connected with Jared Dangerfield on a short TD to make it 14-0. In the second quarter, Doughty threw a deep ball to Taywan Taylor for a 56-yard score and later found Taylor in the end zone for 31 yards.

Taylor finished with 134 yards receiving for Western Kentucky (6-1, 4-0), which is off to its best start since joining the FBS in 2008.

DaMarcus Smith threw four touchdown passes in his first career start for North Texas (0-6, 0-3).

Mike Canales was named interim coach for North Texas on Sunday, after Dan McCarney was fired following a blowout loss to FCS Portland State.

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