Sun Belt Conference News and Notes

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ARKANSAS STATE: The Red Wolves closed out their non-conference schedule with a convincing 48-24 win over Idaho on Homecoming. The offense amassed 565 total yards, and was paced by senior quarterback Adam Kennedy, who enjoyed a career- best performance with 375 yards, four touchdowns and one interception on 22- of-32 passing. Julian Jones turned four catches into 135 yards, including an 80-yard score early in the first quarter, while J.D. McKissic (nine receptions, 80 yards, TD) and Darion Griswould (five receptions, 89 yards, two TDs) were also outstanding in the triumph. Sirgregory Thornton led the rushing attack with 85 yards on 13 carries, while David Oku (17 carries, 69 yards) found his way into the end zone in the fourth quarter. Arkansas State (3-3) returns to Sun Belt Conference action on Oct. 22 when it hosts Louisiana.

GEORGIA STATE: The Panthers put up a valiant fight in their Homecoming game against Troy, but they surrendered the game-winning touchdown to the Trojans with under four minutes left in regulation as they fell, 35-28. Ronnie Bell was largely inefficient under center, completing just 22-of-50 passes with an interception, but he made the most of his completions with 370 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Albert Wilson was also outstanding, corralling seven balls for 153 yards and two touchdowns for his third game of at least 150 receiving yards this season. Kelton Hill (six receptions, 60 yards, TD) and Robert Davis (four receptions, 76 yards, TD) were also strong in the passing game. The rushing attack, however, struggled, putting up just 52 yards on 26 attempts. The defense too was lackluster, allowing Troy to amass 634 yards. GSU (0-6, 0-1 Sun Belt) will hit the road this Saturday to battle Texas State.

LOUISIANA: The Ragin' Cajuns (3-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) enjoyed a bye week after taking down Texas State in their conference opener on Oct. 5, 48-24. They'll hit the road this Tuesday for an early-week showdown with Western Kentucky.

TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats fell to 0-2 in the Sun Belt with a tough home loss to ULM, 21-14. Tyler Jones was the team's own worst enemy under center, as he went just 6-of-15 for 67 yards while throwing a pair of pick-sixes, which proved to be the difference in the game. He was eventually replaced by Tyler Arndt, who was not much better (6-of-19, 81 yards). The lone bright spot on offense was Robert Lowe, who gained 140 yards and scored a touchdown on 22 carries. The lackluster offensive effort spoiled an outstanding performance by the TSU defense, which held ULM to just 192 total yards while forcing two turnovers. David Mayo shined with 11 tackles and an interception. The Bobcats (3-3) continue their three-game homestand this Saturday when they entertain Georgia State.

SOUTH ALABAMA: The Jaguars (2-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) took their bye week to recover from back-to-back road losses to Tennessee and Troy. They'll get back to action this Saturday when they host Kent State.

TROY: The Trojans allowed Georgia State to hang around the entire game, but Corey Robinson delivered his second game-winning, fourth-quarter touchdown in as many weeks to lift his team to a 35-28 victory. Robinson completed 21-of-37 passes with two interceptions, but he threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns. The primary beneficiary of Robinson's big day was Chris Williams, who hauled in four balls for 152 yards, including the game-winning score with 3:17 left. Eric Thomas was also outstanding out wide with six grabs for 113 yards and a score. Brandon Burks ran for 113 yards on 23 carries, while Jordan Chunn also saw plenty of work out of the backfield with 91 yards on 22 attempts and two touchdowns. Troy (4-3, 2-1 Sun Belt) has off this week and will try for its third straight win when it plays at Western Kentucky on Oct. 26.

ULM: Behind an outstanding defensive effort, the Warhawks claimed their first conference win of the season at Texas State over the weekend, 21-14. The unquestioned star was safety Isaiah Newsome, who had two interception returns for touchdowns. He became just the second player in league history to accomplish that feat in a single game, and his 146 interception return yards was a conference record. Newsome's opportunistic ways helped mask a poor offensive effort, as the Warhawks managed just 192 total yards. Brayle Brown was ineffective under center, completing only half of his passes (16-of-32) for 112 yards with two interceptions. Centarius Donald (14 carries, 45 yards) scored the team's lone offensive touchdown, while Tavarese Maye was Brown's top target with seven receptions for 74 yards. ULM (3-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) is idle this week and will return to action against visiting Georgia State on Oct. 26.

WESTERN KENTUCKY: The Hilltoppers (4-2, 1-1 Sun Belt) were idle over the weekend, and they will try to extend their winning streak to four games on Tuesday night when they host Louisiana.

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