Doege came in for injured starter Gunnar Watson late in the third quarter when the game was tied at 20. He finished that drive with a 16- yard touchdown pass to Jabre Barber on the first play of the fourth quarter. He hit Tez Johnson for a 10-yard score on the next possession putting Troy (3-2) on top 34-20 with 7:14 to go.
Western Kentucky (3-2) then answ ered with a scoring drive, kept alive early when lineman Gunner Britton snagged a deflected pass and rumbled for 12 yards on fourth-and-11. A Troy punt pinned the Hilltoppers on their 11 but they reached the Troy 32 before Richard Jibunor sacked Austin Reed and forced a fumble that was recovered by Tro Showers, sealing the win with a minute left.
Doege finished 7-of-8 for 71 yards. Watson was 15-of-28 for 200 and hauled in a 7-yard scoring pass from Johnson on a double reverse. Johnson had nine catches for 105 yards.
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