Troy defeats Western Kentucky 34-27
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WSFA) - The Troy Trojans defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at L.T. Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, KY Saturday night.
Western Kentucky added points to the game early in the first quarter. Quarterback Austin Reed passed to tight end Jason Simon for a 13-yard touchdown reception with 12:58 left in the game.
But the Trojans ruled the rest of the first quarter. Kicker Brooks Buce scored a 35-yard field goal with 8:04 left in the quarter. This was later followed by a 21-yard rushing TD from running back DK Billingsley, giving Troy a 10-7 lead over Western Kentucky.
The Hilltoppers answered back with back-to-back scored in the second quarter: a field goal and a touchdown. This gave put them back over Troy, 17-10.
Troy scored a 33-yard field goal and trailed Western Kentucky 17-13 as the game headed into halftime.
The Trojans returned to the second half of the game with an early touchdown pass, while the Hilltoppers managed to score a field goal, tying the game 20-20 at the end of the third quarter.
In the final quarter of the game, the Troy Trojans doubled down and as they scored two more touchdowns.
The Hilltoppers then scored a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Trojans.
Troy went on to beat Western Kentucky 34-27.
“In the third quarter, it seemed like we had the guy go down and another guy goes down. And then another guy goes down. But our guys kept responding,” said Troy head coach Jon Sumrall. “It’s next man up, and we kept competing, kept fighting. Our backs were against the wall. We could have done some things better. I could have coached some things better, and our players could have done some things better. But I’ll tell you what, I could not be prouder of the fight that we have on this football team.”
The Trojans improved to 3-2 for the season. They will host Southern Miss next Saturday at 6 p.m. CT.
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