Sun Belt Conference News and Notes

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ARKANSAS STATE: The Red Wolves experienced a non-conference letdown at Memphis over the weekend, falling in a 31-7 final. Adam Kennedy struggled under center, completing 20-of-37 passes for 166 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. It didn't help that he was on his back most of the game, as the Tigers recorded seven sacks. Fredi Knighten attempted just two passes but he completed both of them, with one going for a 15-yard touchdown to J.D. McKissic for the team's only score. Nine different receivers caught a pass in the losing effort, led by Julian Jones with six receptions for 59 yards. David Oku finished with 45 yards on 12 carries. Arkansas State (2-2) faces another tough road matchup this Saturday when it takes on Missouri.

GEORGIA STATE: The Panthers managed to erase a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit against Jacksonville State to force overtime, but they missed a field goal on the opening possession of the extra session and promptly surrendered the game-winning touchdown to fall, 32-26. Ronnie Bell was far from efficient under center, completing just 16-of-41 passes with an interception, but he threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns. The quarterback was also the team's top rusher with 57 yards on 11 attempts. Albert Wilson continued to show why he is one of the Sun Belt's best receivers by tallying seven receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown, and he has logged at least 100 yards receiving three times this season. Allen McKay and Jarrell Robinson each picked up a sack in the setback, while Brent McClendon had an interception and a forced fumble. GSU (0-4) is off this week and is in for a rough outing on Oct. 5 when it travels to face No. 1 Alabama.

LOUISIANA: The Ragin' Cajuns overcame a fourth-quarter deficit on the road versus Akron to claim a 35-30 win -- their second consecutive victory. Terrance Broadway was responsible for all five touchdowns, including a pair in the fourth quarter. He threw for 305 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on 25-of-37 passing, and he also led the team in rushing with 68 yards and two more scores on 15 attempts. Jamal Robinson was the primary beneficiary of Broadway's big night, tallying a career-high eight receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns, while Darryl Surgent (seven catches, 83 yards, TD) was also impressive. The Cajun defense came up big when needed, holding Akron to 4-of-14 success on third-down conversion attempts. Rodney Gillis and T.J. Worthy each picked off a pass. Louisiana (2-2) will open up conference play on Oct. 5 when it hosts Texas State.

TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats defense played very well on the road against a high- flying Texas Tech attack, forcing three turnovers. Unfortunately the offense fell flat, accounting for only 240 yards in the 33-7 setback. Tyler Arndt was lackluster under center, completing just 12-of-23 passes for 108 yards and an interception. Jordan Moore and Duke DeLancellotti also saw time at quarterback, but the two combined to go only 3-of-8 for 25 yards. Robert Lowe was the lone bright spot for the offense. On only seven carries, he ran for 103 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter. David Mayo (nine tackles) and Xavier Daniels (seven tackles, 2.0 TFL, INT) headlined a strong defensive performance. Texas State (2-1) will attempt to get back on track at home this Saturday versus Wyoming.

SOUTH ALABAMA: The Jaguars (2-1, 1-0 Sun Belt) enjoyed an off week following two straight wins, and they will get back to the grind this Saturday with a difficult road test at Tennessee.

TROY: The Trojans were completely overmatched by Mississippi State in Saturday's 62-7 setback. Not only did they lose the total yardage battle, 551-186, but they ended the game by allowing 52 unanswered points. Corey Robinson completed 15-of-25 passes with a touchdown and an interception, and his 105 passing yards was his lowest total in four years as a starter. Twelve different players caught a pass in the loss, although no one amassed more than 29 yards. The rushing attack gained just 47 yards on 26 carries (1.8 ypc), but Brandon Burks put together a solid outing with 43 yards on eight attempts. Troy (2-1) will try to rebound this Saturday when it plays at Duke.

ULM: After losing a tight matchup to Baylor during the 2012 campaign (47-42), the 2013 edition of the rivalry did not go as smoothly for the Warhawks as they fell in stunning fashion, 70-7. The defense was torched to the tune of 781 yards, which tied for the most in Baylor history. Even with an ample amount of garbage time, the offense still put up less than 300 yards. Kolton Browning was off the mark all afternoon, completing a meager 17-of-41 passes for 219 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Browning led the team with 43 rushing yards, while Jyruss Edwards had 40 yards. Rashon Ceaser (six receptions, 78 yards) and Tavarese Maye (five reception, 72 yards) were active at receiver. ULM (2-2) has another non-conference bout this Saturday as it plays host to Tulane.

WESTERN KENTUCKY: Behind a record-setting performance from their All- Conference running back, the Hilltoppers made easy work of FCS foe Morgan State, 58-17. Antonio Andrews needed just 17 carries to rack up 213 yards, his third career 200-yard rushing game, and his five rushing touchdowns set a single-game school record. The multi-faceted threat also added 78 return yards to give him 291 all-purpose yards on the evening. True freshman quarterback Todd Porter earned his first start, going 5-of-10 for 76 yards and a pick. Brandon Doughty completed all seven of his pass attempts, and Nelson Fishback (3-of-4) and Damarcus Smith (2-of-3) also saw time under center in the blowout. Xavius Boyd tallied 10 tackles (3.0 TFL) and forced a fumble, while Arius Wright and Marcus Ward picked off passes. Western Kentucky (2-2) will attempt to stay unbeaten at home when it battles Navy on Saturday afternoon.

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