Toppers fall to Troy 32-26

Western Kentucky University’s Brandon Doughty looks for a pass during their game at against Troy at WKU on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Lucas Aulbach

WKU’s bowl hopes took a big hit Saturday as the Toppers fell to Troy 32-26 in front of 20,110 fans at Smith Stadium.

WKU (4-4, 1-3 Sun Belt Conference) built a solid 20-10 lead heading into halftime but got outplayed in the second half — the Toppers were outscored 22-6 in the final 30 minutes.

Sophomore Nelson Fishback got the start at quarterback but was pulled for junior Brandon Doughty at the start of the third series on offense. Fishback finished 2-of-3 for 12 yards.

Doughty was solid through the air through much of the game but had two crucial fumbles that led to Troy touchdowns. The quarterback finished 29-of-25 for 387 yards.

Senior running back Antonio Andrews was a bright spot on offense for the Toppers. He had 144 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with 125 receiving yards.

The Toppers started strong — Troy never led in the first half, and Trojan quarterback Corey Robinson struggled to find open receivers.

The second half was a different story, though. Robinson aired it out in the second half — he finished 20-of-32 for 306 yards with a touchdown and an interception — and helped Troy score three second half touchdowns.

At 1-3, the Toppers remain at No. 7 in the Sun Belt standings. WKU has three more conference games and one more nonconference game before the season ends on Nov. 30.