NCAA Game Summary - Troy at Western Kentucky
(Saturday, November 26th)
Final Score: Western Kentucky 41, Troy 18
Bowling Green, KY (Sports Network) - Bobby Rainey ran for 227 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a 41-18 rout of the Troy Trojans in a Sun Belt Conference meeting at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Rainey had 43 carries on the day for WKU (7-5, 7-1 SBC), which finished the afternoon with 338 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Jack Doyle caught six passes for 101 yards as well in the win, while Kawaun Jakes threw for 156 yards on 11-of-18 passing and 51 yards and a score rushing.
Corey Robinson completed 18-of-33 pass attempts for 303 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions to lead Troy (3-8, 2-5) in the loss, while Eric Thomas caught five passes for 82 yards.
Following a scoreless first quarter, a one-yard Wes Jeffries plunge gave the Hilltoppers a 7-0 lead early in the second period of play.
The Trojans responded late in the frame with a one-yard D.J. Taylor TD run, but the extra-point attempt by Michael Taylor failed, leaving Troy trailing 7-6.
With just seven seconds remaining in the half, Jakes found the end zone on a nine-yard run, allowing WKU to take a 14-6 lead into the break.
A one-yard Rainey run early in the third quarter extended the WKU advantage to 20-12.
The Trojans pulled to within 20-12 less than a minute later with a 35-yard scoring strike from Robinson to Chandler Worthy.
But the Hilltoppers answered late in the stanza with a four-yard Rainey TD scamper to pull ahead 27-12.
The Trojans found the end zone again with a 26-yard toss from Robinson to Chris Anderson less than two minutes later, but a two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Troy behind by a 27-18 margin.
WKU pulled ahead 34-18 early in the final period of play following a one-yard Rainey plunge, while a one-yard rush from Braxston Miller late in the frame represented the 41-18 final.
Rainey, with this afternoon's performance, now stands atop WKU's all-time rushing list. His 4,542 career yards passed the previous mark of 4,396 set by Lerron Moore from 2003-06.
11/26 17:46:52 ET