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