BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Shawn Southward ran for 140 yards and four touchdowns in Troy's 40-20 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday.
The Trojans (7-2, 6-0 Sun Belt Conference) and the Hilltoppers (0-9, 0-5) traded scores until halftime.
Troy, which led 21-20 at intermission, shut out Western Kentucky in the second half.
Southward exploded for 127 yards and three of his scores after being held to only 13 yards on four carries and a touchdown in the first half.
Levi Brown went 20-for-33 for 251 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.
Kawaun Jakes paced the Hilltoppers with 156 yards and a touchdown rushing and 185 yards and a score passing. He accounted for 269 of Western Kentucky's 310 first-half yards.
Jake Gaebler became the Hilltoppers all-time leader in receptions with 153.
The loss extends the Hilltoppers' losing streak to 17 games dating back to last season.