ARKANSAS STATE: The Red Wolves scored 17-unanswered points in the fourth
quarter, but their rally attempt fell short in a 31-24 loss to Louisiana this
past weekend. ASU (0-2, 0-1) trailed 31-7 entering the final quarter, but
rallied and put themselves in position to tie the game until QB Ryan Aplin was
intercepted with two minutes remaining. Aplin finished the game with a school-
record 438 yards passing and two TDs on 25-of-45 pass attempts. He also had a
TD on the ground. Allen Muse notched 133 receiving yards on five catches for
the Red Wolves, who were handled in their opener at Auburn. ASU will open its
home slate this weekend with a league game versus UL-Monroe.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC: The Owls were outgained on the ground 225-45, as they were
downed by Michigan State, 30-17, this past weekend. FAU (1-1) allowed 7.5
yards per carry, while hurting itself with 11 penalties. Jeff Van Camp guided
the team in defeat with 215 yards and a score on 23-of-35 tosses, while Alfred
Morris went for 54 yards and a TD on 20 carries. Rob Housler led the team with
seven receptions for 75 yards, while Lester Jean had six catches that went for
99 yards. The Owls, who defeated UAB in their opener, will return to play on
September 25th, when they begin league play against North Texas.
FIU: The Golden Panthers opened their season this past weekend and suffered a
19-14 loss to Rutgers in front of a FIU Stadium record crowd. FIU (0-1)
outgained Rutgers, 371-172, on the night, but had two punts blocked while
committing five turnovers and 14 penalties for 126 yards. QB Wes Carroll threw
for 166 yards and two scores, but accounted for three turnovers. Jeremiah
Harden also got into the mix, as he ran for 88 yards on 15 carries while
catching three balls for 26 yards and a score. The Panthers are now set to
embark on a three-game road trip, starting with Texas A&M this Saturday.
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE: QB Chris Masson threw for a TD and ran for another, as the Ragin'
Cajuns held off Arkansas State for a 31-24 victory this past weekend.
Louisiana (1-1, 1-0) led 31-7 in the fourth quarter before needing a late INT
by Maurice Rolle Jr. to keep ASU from tying the game. Masson threw for 142
yards on 14-of-25 tosses, while adding 53 yards on the ground. Kevis Streeter
had a 69-yard TD run for the Louisiana, which rolled up 242 yards on the
ground. Ladarius Green had seven receptions for 97 yards and a score, as the
Cajuns bounced back nicely from a 55-7 loss to Georgia in the opener.
Louisiana will return to action on September 25th, when it hosts Middle
MIDDLE TENNESSEE: The Blue Raiders used a balanced attack of 353 rushing and
301 passing yards to top Austin Peay, 56-33, for their first victory of the
season. MT (1-1), which lost 24-17 to Minnesota in its opener, scored all
seven of its offensive TDs on the ground. Phillip Tanner headed the charge
with 129 yards and three TDs on 18 carries, while D.D. Kyles added 76 yards
and two scores on 12 totes. QB Jeff Murphy got involved with 59 rushing yards
and a score, while passing for 301 more yards on 23-of-36 pass attempts. Darin
Davis scored on a 38-yard INT return for the Raiders, who will take on Memphis
this coming weekend.
NORTH TEXAS: Rice's Charles Ross scored the go-ahead TD with 6:22 remaining
and the Mean Green failed to respond in a 32-31 loss this past weekend. North
Texas (0-2), which opened the season with a 35-10 loss at Clemson, managed
just 10 points after the intermission and came up short despite having the
edge in total yards, 420-351. Lance Dunbar recorded his second consecutive
100-yard effort in the loss with 105 yards and a score on 17 carries and he
also added four receptions for 19 yards and another TD. QB Nathan Tune threw
for 285 yards and three TDs, while Tyler Stradford hauled in four balls for
111 yards and a score. The Mean Green will hit the road this weekend to take
on Army in a non-league affair.
TROY: The Trojans turned the ball over twice deep in Oklahoma State territory
and those mishaps proved costly in a 41-38 loss this past weekend. Troy (1-1),
which began the season with a 30-27 win over Bowling Green, lost a total of
four fumbles in the game. The team also gave up 522 total yards, although the
Trojans did a good job forcing Oklahoma State into five turnovers of its own.
QB Corey Robinson had a nice night for Troy with 272 yards and three TDs on
28-of-38 pas attempts. His main outlet was Jerrel Jernigan, who snared 10
passes that went for 81 yards and a TD. The Trojans will get back at it this
coming weekend, when they face off with UAB.
UL-MONROE: The Warhawks got a chance to host an SEC power in their season
opener this past weekend, unfortunately, it resulted in a 31-7 loss to
nationally-ranked Arkansas. ULM (0-1) trailed just 7-0 at the half before
Arkansas, which amassed 499 total yards, pulled away. The Warhawks,
themselves, posted just 188 yards of total offense and turned the ball over
twice. Redshirt freshman QB Kolton Browning completed 7-of-17 tosses for 74
yards with one TD against one pick, while Frank Goodin led the ground game
with 44 yards on 12 carries. ULM will get a chance to bounce back this weekend
when its takes on Arkansas State in league play.
WESTERN KENTUCKY: The nation's longest losing streak now sits at 22 games
following the Hilltoppers' 63-28 loss to Kentucky this past weekend. WKU
(0-2), which opened the season and Willie Taggart era with a 49-10 loss to
Nebraska, managed just 284 yards of total offense compared to Kentucky's 482
yards. Bobby Rainey though, continued to shine, as the talented TB went for
184 yards and two TDs on 22 carries in the loss. He was the lone bright spot
for the Toppers, who open their home slate this coming weekend versus Indiana.