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By Jackson Schroeder
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Arkansas State put together one of its best performances of the season in a 45-10 win over South Alabama.

South Alabama at Arkansas State:

This game was a surprise to many and served as a big statement for Arkansas State. Red Wolves dual-threat quarterback Fredi Knighten led his team by throwing for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 80 yards and a touchdown. Arkansas State really dominated this matchup in all aspects. Defensively, Arkansas State forced four South Alabama turnovers, and held the Jaguars to a mere 201 yards of total offense. South Alabama struggled gravely in this matchup. They need to turn it around quickly if they want to continue to have success in the Sun Belt.

Score: 45-10 Arkansas State

Georgia State at Troy:

At the beginning of the season, Georgia State seemed to be a different team from last year. The Panthers were always in the games; they just had trouble pulling out the win. As of late, Georgia State has gone back to its old ways. The Panthers have lost two straight games in blowout fashion to weak conference opponents. The Trojans scored 21 unanswered points to take control of the game until Georgia State finally showed life in the third quarter. By then it was too late. Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

Score: 45-21 Troy

UL-Monroe at Appalachian State:

Appalachian State pulled out a close victory in this matchup, and has now started a bit of a hot streak. ULM scored a touchdown with 1:42 left in the fourth quarter to attempt to put the game away, but Appalachian State drove down the field and kicker Bentlee Critcher hit a 39-yard field goal with 29 seconds left to win the game. Appalachian State quarterback Taylor Lamb threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, while his teammate, running back Marcus Cox, rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown. Appalachian State will have a true conference test next Saturday against a hot Arkansas State team.

Score: 31-29 Appalachian State

Georgia Southern at Texas State:

This was Georgia Southern’s first close conference game. The Eagles were up by 18 going into the fourth quarter, but Texas State scored two touchdowns late in the game to give Georgia Southern a good scare. The Eagles were able to hold them off, but it did show that Georgia Southern is still very capable of losing to a fellow Sun Belt team. Quarterback Kevin Ellison threw for 41 yards and rushed for 62. Running Back Matt Breida rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Texas State had its chances throughout the game, but the Bobcats turned the ball over twice in the third quarter, which really hurt them. Georgia Southern pulled out a close victory and is now 7-0 in the Sun Belt.

Score: 28-25 Georgia Southern

Idaho at San Diego State:

This matchup was tied at 14 at halftime, but Idaho must have fallen asleep in the locker room, because the Vandals got outscored 21-7 in the second half. San Diego State quarterback Quinn Kaehler had a big day passing the ball, throwing for 249 yards and three touchdowns. Idaho’s best offensive player was running back Elijhaa Penny, who rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown. It is time for Idaho to start focusing on next season and how they can improve, because the Vandals stand at 1-8 and 1-5 in the Sun Belt.

Score: 35-21 San Diego State

Louisiana at New Mexico State:

New Mexico State has struggled as of late, and the Aggies are now on an eight-game losing streak. The Ragin’ Cajuns, on the other hand, have won five straight and are clearly playing their best football right now. Louisiana quarterback Terrence Broadway threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns in the win, and teammate Elijah McGuire rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown. Similarly to Idaho, it may be time for New Mexico State to start focusing on next season.

Score: 44-16 Louisiana

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.