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                 ***** Sun Belt Conference News and Notes *****
 
 Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
 
 ARKANSAS STATE: The bye week for the Red Wolves (2-3, 1-0 Sun Belt) came at
 the perfect time, as they are fresh off consecutive losses to Memphis and
 Missouri. They will try to get back on track this Saturday when they host
 Idaho.
 
 GEORGIA STATE: As expected, the Panthers were overmatched on the road against
 the nation's No. 1 team, falling to Alabama in a 45-3 final. The offense
 mustered just 175 total yards and managed only nine first downs on the day.
 Ronnie Bell earned the start under center and completed 11-of-20 passes for
 146 yards. Wide receiver Albert Wilson looked impressive against top-notch
 competition, catching four balls for 60 yards. Travis Evans led the team in
 rushing with only 19 yards, and the team as a whole netted just 15 rushing
 yards on 22 attempts. All things considered, the defense performed admirably,
 holding the Crimson Tide to 477 yards. Georgia State (0-5) will try once again
 for its first win of the season this Saturday when it hosts Troy.
 
 LOUISIANA: The Ragin' Cajuns came away with their third straight victory over
 the weekend, doubling up Texas State at home, 48-24. Terrance Broadway was
 nearly flawless under center, completing 18-of-23 passes for 335 yards with
 four touchdowns and no interceptions. Jamal Robinson was the primary
 beneficiary of Broadway's big night, catching four passes for 114 yards and
 two touchdowns. James Butler (four receptions, 76 yards) and Darryl Surgent
 (two receptions, 48 yards) were also on the receiving end of touchdown strikes
 from Broadway. The ground game was able to rack up 212 yards against Texas
 State's third-ranked rushing defense, led by 78 yards and a score from Alonzo
 Harris. Defensively, Louisiana (3-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) held the Bobcats to just
 196 total yards. The Cajuns hope to continue their winning ways when they play
 at Western Kentucky on Oct. 15.
 
 TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats were thoroughly outplayed on the road by Louisiana,
 losing 48-24. The final score appeared much closer than it actually was thanks
 to 14 straight points in the final eight minutes. Tyler Jones could get
 nothing going in the passing game, as he completed 10-of-15 passes for just 66
 yards. He did lead the team in rushing with 58 yards, and no one else had more
 than 34 yards on the ground. The TSU defense was torched by the Ragin' Cajuns
 to the tune of 572 total yards, 212 of which came on the ground. The unit had
 ranked third in the nation in rushing defense coming into the contest. Texas
 State (3-2, 0-1 Sun Belt) will try to get back on the winning track this
 Saturday when it hosts ULM.
 
 SOUTH ALABAMA: The Jaguars scored 14 unanswered fourth-quarter points, going
 ahead by six with under a minute remaining, but the defense couldn't hold Troy
 out of the end zone on the final drive as they fell in heartbreaking fashion,
 34-33. Ross Metheny completed 15-of-21 passes, accounted for 291 total yards
 and scored three touchdowns. He split time under center with Brandon Bridge,
 who was 11-of-20 for 235 yards with a touchdown, while rushing for an
 additional 54 yards. Shavarez Smith (106 yards) and Wes Saxton (95 yards) each
 finished with six receptions, while Jereme Jones (three catches, 84 yards) and
 Bryant Lavender (three receptions, 68 yards) each caught a touchdown pass. The
 offense finished with a school-record 630 yards. South Alabama (2-3, 1-1 Sun
 Belt) is off this week and will return to action on Oct. 19 at home versus
 Kent State.
 
 TROY: The Trojans defense appeared to have let Saturday's contest with South
 Alabama slip away late by allowing 14 points in the game's final three
 minutes, but Corey Robinson bailed his team out with a five-play, 66-yard
 drive with under a minute left, capped off by a 20-yard touchdown pass to Eric
 Thomas to lead Troy to a 34-33 victory. Robinson completed 20-of-26 passes for
 210 yards with a pair of touchdowns, while Deon Anthony (4-of-8, 95 yards, two
 TDs, 38 rushing yards) made the most of his time under center as well. Thomas
 finished with five receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Bryan Holmes
 (six receptions, 93 yards) also scored twice, while Brandon Burks had 100
 yards rushing on 17 carries. The offensive performance bailed out a defense
 that allowed 630 total yards. Troy (3-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) will try once again to
 record its first road win of the season this Saturday at Georgia State.
 
 ULM: The Warhawks came out sluggish at home in a mid-week battle with Western
 Kentucky, trailing 14-0 in the first 12 minutes before eventually falling in a
 31-10 final. With Kolton Browning out with a leg injury, Brayle Brown earned
 his first start under center, although he underwhelmed by barely completing 50
 percent of his passes (21-of-40) for 275 yards, zero touchdowns and an
 interception. Jyruss Edwards finished with 57 yards on 14 carries, and his
 one-yard scoring plunge late in the first quarter was the team's only
 touchdown of the night. The defense couldn't contain the Hilltoppers, allowing
 530 yards of total offense. Cordero Smith finished with a team-high 12
 tackles. ULM (2-4, 0-1 Sun Belt) hits the road this Saturday to take on Texas
 State.
 
 WESTERN KENTUCKY: The Hilltoppers went on the road to capture their third
 straight victory last Thursday, topping ULM in a 31-10 final. Antonio Andrews
 was the catalyst in the win, turning 27 carries into 155 yards and a
 touchdown. Andrews, the FBS leader in rushing yards (882), has topped 100
 rushing yards in five straight games and 15 of his last 17. Brandon Doughty
 was also outstanding, completing 24-of-36 passes for a career-high 370 yards
 with two touchdowns and an interception. Eleven different players caught a
 pass from Doughty, with Taywan Taylor leading the way with 75 yards. The
 defense forced a pair of turnovers, and Xavius Boyd finished with 10 total
 tackles. Western Kentucky (4-2, 1-1 Sun Belt) will take on Louisiana at home
 on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
 
 
 
 10/07 11:29:14 ET

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