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Sun Belt Conference News and Notes

11:06 AM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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ARKANSAS STATE: The Red Wolves (3-3, 1-0 Sun Belt) were idle over the weekend, hitting the field next on Tuesday night against Louisiana for their first Sun Belt bout since beating Troy on Sept. 12.

GEORGIA STATE: The Panthers' winless season continued over the weekend, as they were handed a 24-17 loss at Texas State. Ronnie Bell completed 20-of-36 passes for 208 yards with two touchdowns (one rushing) and an interception, with the rushing score putting the Panthers up by seven early in the first quarter. Albert Wilson just missed his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season (seven receptions, 93 yards), but he added 44 rushing yards on just two attempts. Travis Evans was a workhorse out of the backfield with 18 carries for 71 yards. The defense did a good job against the pass, holding Texas State quarterbacks to just 5-of-12 passing with an interception, but the unit allowed nearly 300 rushing yards. GSU (0-7, 0-2 Sun Belt) will try once again for its first win of the season this Saturday when it travels to Monroe for a date with ULM.

LOUISIANA: The Ragin' Cajuns were able to overcome an early 10-0 deficit to capture a 37-20 road victory over Western Kentucky last Tuesday night. The momentum shifted midway through the second quarter. With WKU on the doorstep of extending their lead, Al Riles picked off a Brandon Doughty pass and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown to give the Cajuns the boost of energy they needed. Alonzo Harris was the offensive catalyst, rushing for 115 yards on 22 carries, while plunging into the end zone twice. Terrance Broadway was held in check (5-of-12, 90 yards), but he rushed for 40 yards, accounted for two touchdowns and went without a turnover. Justin Anderson was stellar on defense with 16 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Louisiana (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt) will try to extend its winning streak to five games on Tuesday night at Arkansas State.

TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats earned their first-ever Sun Belt Conference victory at home against Georgia State, using 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to lift them to a 24-17 triumph. The rushing attack found holes to run through all evening, as the team amassed 296 yards on the ground and three scores. Robert Lowe was the catalyst with 177 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Chris Nutall earned just nine touches out of the backfield, but he made the most of them by going for 90 yards and a pair of scores. The passing game, on the other hand, was held in check. Tyler Jones completed just 5-of-11 attempts for 47 yards, while Tim Gay's only pass was intercepted. The impressive defensive effort was spearheaded by Damion McMiller, who racked up 15 tackles. Texas State (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt) will attempt to ride this momentum into Saturday's Homecoming matchup with South Alabama.

SOUTH ALABAMA: On the heels of back-to-back losses, the Jaguars returned home in impressive fashion by earning a 38-21 win over non-conference foe Kent State. A committed ground attack was led by Jay Jones, who tallied 99 yards on 13 carries and scored on a five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Kendall Houston (seven carries, 43 yards) was also utilized near the goal line with a pair of touchdown jaunts. Ross Metheny had an effective afternoon under center, completing 16-of-23 passes for 224 yards with a touchdown and zero interceptions, while also scoring on a 16-yard run. The defense held Kent State to just seven points prior to the fourth quarter, and stepped up on third down, allowing the Golden Flashes to convert just 3-of-12 third-down opportunities. Maleki Harris had 10 tackles and 1.5 TFL. South Alabama (3-3) faces a tough road test at Texas State on Saturday afternoon.

TROY: The Trojans (4-3, 2-1 Sun Belt) enjoyed a bye week after claiming back- to-back conference wins over South Alabama and Georgia State. They hit the road this Saturday to take on Western Kentucky.

ULM: The Warhawks (3-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) were off this past weekend after snapping a three-game losing streak with a 21-14 triumph at Texas State on Oct. 12. They will welcome winless Georgia State to town this Saturday.

WESTERN KENTUCKY: The Hilltoppers suffered a home let down against Louisiana last Tuesday night. After leading 10-0 in the first quarter, they fell flat the rest of the way en route to a 37-20 defeat. Antonio Andrews was outstanding yet again with 154 yards on the ground (263 all-purpose yards) and a touchdown, giving him an FBS-leading 1,036 rushing yards and 10 scores on the season. Brandon Doughty completed 18-of-23 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw a pair of interceptions, with one going the other way for a 99-yard touchdown for the Ragin' Cajuns. Mitchell Henry led the squad with five receptions for 53 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown on the game's first drive. The defense held Louisiana to only 90 passing yards, but yielded 254 yards on the ground. WKU (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt) will play its Homecoming game this Saturday versus Troy.

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