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By Jackson Schroeder
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Texas State needed triple overtime to pick up a big non-conference win over Tulsa.

South Alabama at Idaho:

South Alabama jumped out to a 21-0 lead before Idaho even scored in this game. Just like last week, Idaho lost by a large margin against a team not considered to be elite. Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan threw for 239 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday’s matchup. South Alabama, on the other hand, has bounced back into contention after losing big to Georgia Southern last week. Jaguar quarterback Brandon Bridge threw for 196 yards and ran for another 71. South Alabama proved that it has the ability to blow out a conference opponent. Meanwhile, the Vandals have just proven that they are likely the worst team in the conference.

Score: 34-10 South Alabama

Troy at UL Monroe:

This game was predicted to be a blowout in favor of UL-Monroe, but the Trojans proved that maybe they are truly better than what their 0-5 record shows. Troy scored 14 unanswered points in the second quarter to jump out to a one-point halftime lead. Quarterback Brandon Silvers had a big game for the Trojans, throwing for 270 yards and three touchdowns. UL-Monroe thought that it may control the game after jumping out to a quick 10-point lead, but Troy really scared the 3-1 Warhawks. Quarterback Pete Thomas threw for 328 yards in the win, but it was a field goal from kicker Justin Manton with 2:08 remaining that won the game.

Score: 22-20 UL Monroe

New Mexico State at #17 LSU:

This was a blowout, and not really a fun game to watch. LSU was leading by a score of 42-7 at halftime, and that’s when most people turned off their TV sets. LSU running back Leonard Fournette rushed for an impressive 122 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Running back Andrew Allen was the only prominent element of New Mexico State’s offense, rushing for 113 yards, while the Aggie defense was virtually non-existent. 

Score: 63-7 LSU

Texas State at Tulsa:

This was a close, high-scoring football game. This matchup went to three overtimes after being tied at 17 at the end of regulation. Texas State led by 17-3 in the fourth quarter, but Tulsa scored 14 straight to send it into overtime. Both teams had over 400 yards of total offense. Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns, while Texas State quarterback Tyler Jones threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns. This matchup was very close all around, and in the end they were separated by one field goal.

Score: 37-34 Texas State

Jackson Schroeder - Jackson Schroeder is a huge sports fan who intends on staying in the sports broadcasting and journalism field. He is an undergrad journalism major at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a graduate of Savannah Country Day School in Savannah, Georgia. At Savannah Country Day, Jackson played three sports: football, baseball, and wrestling. He has decided to not pursue any sport in college, and take the academic route. Jackson will cover the Sun Belt Conference for Southern Pigskin.