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Jakes' 3 TD passes lifts WKU over Troy, 31-26

Published: Thursday, Oct. 11 2012 9:06 p.m. MDT

Troy quarterback Corey Robinson (6) looks for a receiver as Western Kentucky defensive lineman Cole Tischer (45) pursues in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Troy, Ala., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.  (Dave Martin, Associated Press) Troy quarterback Corey Robinson (6) looks for a receiver as Western Kentucky defensive lineman Cole Tischer (45) pursues in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Troy, Ala., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. (Dave Martin, Associated Press)

TROY, Ala. — Kawaun Jakes threw three touchdown passes and Western Kentucky had a key fourth-quarter defensive stand to preserve a 31-26 victory over Troy on Thursday night.

Antonio Andrews rushed for 113 yards and the Hilltoppers (5-1, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference) won their fourth consecutive game since losing at No. 1 Alabama. They have won two straight over the Trojans (3-3, 2-2) after starting 0-8-1 in the series.

Playing the second half without injured starting quarterback Corey Robinson, Troy coach Larry Blakeney had a gamble backfire in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans' Shawn Southward was stopped well short on fourth and 2 from their own 42 with more than 6 minutes to play. Andrews, who has four straight 100-yard efforts, helped Western Kentucky burn the clock down and set up Garrett Schwettman's 26-yard field goal with 1:12 left.

Troy coach Larry Blakeney yells at a referee in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky in Troy, Ala., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.  (Dave Martin, Associated Press) Troy coach Larry Blakeney yells at a referee in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky in Troy, Ala., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. (Dave Martin, Associated Press)

Deon Anthony led Troy across midfield before the final drive stalled.

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