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Sun Belt Weekend Recap

By Jackson Schroeder
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Louisiana-Monroe never quite got rolling in a 14-point defeat to Arkansas State.

South Alabama at Appalachian State:

Before this matchup, both South Alabama and Appalachian State stood in relatively the same position in the conference. Now, we truthfully know where the two teams stand. South Alabama put up 47 points against Appalachian State. Jaguar quarterback Brandon Bridge threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Appalachian State quarterback Taylor Lamb led the Mountaineers in passing and rushing. His performance alone wasn’t enough for the Mountaineers, however, as they fell in blowout fashion to South Alabama.

Score: 47-21 South Alabama

UL-Monroe at Arkansas State:

This game was a defensive battle that was tied 0-0 at halftime. Arkansas State quarterback Fredi Kinghten scored with 8:51 left in the third quarter, and the Red Wolves never turned back. Knighten threw for 284 yards and rushed for another 71.  UL-Monroe played a good defensive game throughout the first half, but Knighten and the powerful Arkansas State offense wore them out in the second half.  UL-Monroe scored with 1:30 seconds left in the game to make it 28-14 in favor of the Red Wolves, but by then the game was already over.

Score: 28-14 Arkansas State

Georgia State at Louisiana:

This game was another high-scoring nail-biter for Georgia State. Panther quarterback Nick Arbuckle had yet another very impressive performance for Georgia State. Arbuckle threw for 276 yards, and running back Marcus Caffey scored three times. Louisiana put up impressive offensive numbers as well. Quarterback Terrence Broadway threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Broadway also threw the game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Jamal Robinson with 3:34 left to put the Ragin’ Cajuns up 34-31.

Score: 34-31 Louisiana

Idaho at Texas State:

Idaho has been a confusing team so far this season. The Vandals get blown out by bad teams, and barely lose to good teams. Regardless, Idaho stands at 0-5. Quarterback Matt Linehan has seemed to be the only offensive attribute to this Vandals team. Linehan threw for 327 yards on Saturday, and has 1,625 on the season. Texas State running back Terrence Franks had the game of his life Saturday. Franks rushed for three touchdowns from 95 yards, 70 yards and 70 yards. He rushed for a total of 284 yards on 15 carries. To put an end to this offensive battle, Germod Williams intercepted Linehan’s pass with less than a minute left to secure the Texas State win.

Score: 35-30 Texas State

Georgia Southern at New Mexico State:

Georgia Southern and its high-powered option offense pulled out another victory Saturday against a talented New Mexico State football team. Georgia Southern rushed for a total of 437 total yards. Quarterback Kevin Ellison threw for only 18 yards, but that didn’t matter considering he rushed for 159 in the win. New Mexico State jumped out early in this matchup, going up by 14 points in the first quarter. Aggies quarterback Tyler Rogers threw for 324 yards, but he also threw for three interceptions. Georgia Southern scored 29 unanswered in the second and third quarters, and the Aggies never could come back.

Score: 36-28 Georgia Southern

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.