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Sun Belt Weekend Recap

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Louisiana-Monroe used a late score to pick up a win over Idaho.

Arkansas State at Tennessee:

It was a big day for the Volunteers, as quarterback Justin Worley led his team to a 34-19 victory. Worley connected with receiver Marquez North twice in the end zone, and even scored with his feet. The Tennessee defense put together a strong performance, but was helped by the fact that Arkansas State was penalized nine times for 75 yards.  Arkansas State had some shining moments, but just continued to kill itself with mistakes. While the Red Wolves have had their share of success in the Sun Belt, they are 0-45 all time against SEC teams, and failed on their attempt Saturday to break that losing streak.

Score: 34-19 Tennessee

New Mexico State at Georgia State:

Georgia State has already proved that it is a more than improved team from last year. The Panthers snapped a lengthy losing streak in their win over Abilene Christian and were 15 seconds away from starting the season off 2-0. With 15 seconds left, Tyler Rodgers threw a game-winning touchdown to Teldrick Morgan which put New Mexico State up by three. Georgia State running back Kryston Hammon had a big day, rushing for 123 yards, but his effort alone wasn’t enough to steal a victory for the Panthers.

Score: 34-31 New Mexico State

South Alabama at Kent State:

Kent State suffered its second consecutive close loss after losing 17-14 to Ohio University last week. South Alabama beat a decent MAC team in Kent State for the second year in a row. Senior running back Jay Jones led the Jaguars to a strong offensive performance. South Alabama, by halftime, had racked up a total of 209 yards, while the Golden Flashes had a mere 97. The game remained close throughout the second half until Jay Jones ran for a 23-yard touchdown with just about a minute left. That sealed the deal for the Jaguar win.

Score: 23-13 South Alabama

Savannah State at Georgia Southern:

Just as everyone presumed, this matchup was an absolute massacre. The Eagles took down a vastly struggling Savannah State team by a score of 83-9. Georgia Southern had a total of 695 yards of offense. Two running backs, Brandan Thomas and Ean Days, went over 100 yards rushing each.  The Eagles put up unheard of numbers: 599 total yards of rushing. There is frankly not much to say about this game except for the fact that these two teams do not make a fair matchup. Savannah State quarterback Tino Smith threw for 110 yards, which made up for a decent portion of the Tigers' total offense.

Score: 83-9 Georgia Southern

Campbell at Appalachian State:

This game turned out to be another blowout in favor of the Sun Belt. Appalachian State scored on six of its first half possessions. The total offensive margin had a huge separation. App State put up 538 yards of total offense, while the Fighting Camels put up a weak 95. This was not only a stellar offensive performance for the Mountaineers, they also didn’t allow a single score. This game was not an entertaining matchup to watch, because most college football fans have honestly never even heard of Campbell.

Score: 66-0 Appalachian State

Duke at Troy:

This was a relatively entertaining game that was closer than most people would have expected between ACC and Sun Belt teams. Troy was ahead by a score of 14-3 at one point. However, it didn’t last long, as Duke quarterback Anthony Boone led his team to 21 straight unanswered points. Boone passed for a total of 268 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 47 and two touchdowns. The Trojans had a strong first half performance, but were blown out in the second.

Score: 34-17 Duke

Louisiana Tech at Louisiana:

This matchup turned out to be a surprising one, as Louisiana Tech took down a Sun Belt favorite in Louisiana. Louisiana Tech got great play from quarterback Cody Sokol, who threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Kenneth Dixon ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns in this routing of its in-state opponent. This game for Louisiana had few promising moments, as it was down at one point by a score of 41-7.

Score: 48-20 Louisiana Tech

Idaho at UL Monroe:

This matchup between two conference teams was a close one. Both quarterbacks, Matt Linehan for Idaho and Pete Thomas for UL Monroe, played tremendously, each throwing for over 300 yards. Both running backs ran for over 100 yards, and the teams looked very similar. Centarius Donald ran in from the one wih nine seconds left to secure the win for UL Monroe. These two teams will continue to be Sun Belt competitors and have the potential to beat any other team in the conference.

Score: 38-31 UL Monroe

The Sun Belt Weekend Recap was written by Jackson Schroeder.