BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Bobby Rainey became Western Kentucky's all-time leading rushing leader, and the Hilltoppers secured their first winning season since moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2009 with a 41-18 victory over Troy Saturday.
Western Kentucky's win coupled with a loss by Arkansas State next week would make the Hilltoppers (7-5, 7-1 Sun Belt Conference) league co-champions with the Red Wolves.
There is no guarantee that Western Kentucky will be selected to a bowl game, since the two Sun Belt bowl tie-ins have already been locked up by Arkansas State (GoDaddy.com Bowl) and Louisiana-Lafayette (New Orleans Bowl).
Rainey had 227 yards on 43 carries and scored three second-half touchdowns. His 4,541 career yards surpassed Lerron Moore on the all-time list, and Rainey's 1,695 yards this season are also a school record.
The Hilltoppers missed three fields and an extra point against Trojans (3-7, 2-4).