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
Robinson became the Sun Belt’s all-time leader in touchdown
passes after his 40-yard score to Chris Williams in the third
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
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
”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.