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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