Robinson leads Troy past W. Kentucky 32-26

Corey Robinson threw for 306 yards and Jordan Chunn ran for two

scores to lead Troy to a 32-26 win over Western Kentucky.

A late drive by Western Kentucky (4-4, 1-3 Sun Belt) was stalled

as Antonio Andrews fell inches short of the first down at the Troy

22-yard line with just inside of two minutes to play. The

Hilltoppers lost despite outperforming the Trojans (5-3, 3-1) on

offense with 532 yards.

Troy outscored WKU 22-6 in the second half, erasing a 20-10 at

halftime deficit.

Robinson became the Sun Belt’s all-time leader in touchdown

passes after his 40-yard score to Chris Williams in the third

quarter.

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty did not start the game, but

finished with 387 yards on 29 completions.

Andrews led WKU in rushing and receiving in the Hilltoppers’

loss. He ran for 144 yards and caught seven passes for 125

yards.

Sophomore Nelson Fishback earned his first FBS start for WKU in

place of junior Brandon Doughty. Fishback led the Hilltoppers on a

55-yard drive that ended with a 29-yard field goal from Garrett

Schwettman. The kicker went on to make four of his five field goal

attempts on the night. Settling for field goals rather than scoring

touchdowns is what coach Bobby Petrino said made the difference in

his team’s loss.

”We didn’t get the ball in the end zone enough,” Petrino said.

”When we get down in the critical area, we had some opportunities

to score touchdowns and it seemed like every time we get inside the

20 we don’t make plays to score touchdowns and you have to settle

for a field goal. That’s what kills you.”

Petrino said he believed Doughty gave his team the best chance

to make the big plays he was looking for against Troy’s defense,

even in spite of his first drive that ended in a fumble, setting up

Troy with its first trip to the end zone. Jordan Chunn punched it

in on his third run from inside the 10-yard line to give Troy its

first lead of the day at 10-3.

On the ensuing drive, Doughty bounced back and completed six

passes for 78 yards, and Andrews punched it in from the goal line

on fourth down to tie the game at 10.

Doughty led another solid drive on the Hilltoppers next

possession going 59 yards in 10 plays to allow Leon Allen to score

from three-yards out.

Schwettman booted a 33-yard field goal – his second of the night

– as time expired to give WKU a 20-10 lead at halftime.

After WKU held Troy to only 41 yards passing in the first half,

Robinson lit up the WKU defense in the second.

Troy was once again able to capitalize off of WKU turnovers by

recovering a bad hand off exchange between Doughty and Andrews,

giving the Trojans the ball at their own 41-yard line. Three plays

later, Corey Robinson became the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time

touchdown passer – surpassing former Florida Atlantic quarterback

Rusty Smith – with a 40-yard score to Chris Williams to cut the WKU

lead to 20-17. Williams ended his night with four catches for 61

yards.

”In the second half, they hit the plays,” Petrino said. ”Our

defense did enough to give us the opportunity to win the game in

the end, but we just didn’t do it.”

A nine-yard touchdown run by Deon Anthony in the third quarter

and Chunn’s second touchdown was all Troy needed to hand WKU its

second home loss in as many weeks.

Chunn finished the night with only seven carries for 19 yards to

go with his two scores. Brandon Burks led all Troy rushers with

nine carries for 52 yards.