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Three QBs surpass 500 yards passing in first two days of season

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Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty threw for 569 yards in an upset win over Bowling Green.

Six quarterbacks had 500-yard games last season. In just the first two days of this season, three quarterbacks already have reached the 500-yard plateau.

Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty threw for 569 yards in Friday's upset of Bowling Green, Washington State's Connor Halliday threw for 532 yards in Thursday's loss to Rutgers and Texas A&M's Kenny Hill threw for 511 yards in Thursday's upset of South Carolina.

Last season's highest single-game total was a 557-yard outing by Halliday in a loss to Oregon.

Halliday was one of two quarterbacks who had two 500-yard games last season; Fresno State's Derek Carr, now with the Oakland Raiders, was the other. The other quarterbacks who had 500-yard games last season were San Jose State's David Fales, Michigan's Devin Gardner, SMU's Garrett Gilbert and California's Jared Goff. Gardner and Goff return this season.

Hill's performance against South Carolina came in his first career start.

While Doughty is a returning starter for the Hilltoppers, he is running a slightly different offense than last season. Bobby Petrino coached Western Kentucky last season, but he left for Louisville; new coach Jeff Brohm, who had been Western's offensive coordinator, has installed a faster-paced offense, and Doughty looked extremely comfortable in carving up a Bowling Green defense that was expected to be one of the best in the MAC.

There were nine 500-yard games in 2012, six in 2011 and four in 2010.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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