ARKANSAS STATE: The Red Wolves were triumphant in their home opener this past
weekend, as they topped UL-Monroe, 34-20, in Sun Belt play. ASU (1-2, 1-1)
displayed good balance on offense, rushing for 234 yards and throwing for 240
more. QB Ryan Aplin headed the charge with 75 yards and a TD on the ground, in
addition to passing for 243 yards and another score on 20-of-32 tosses. Derek
Lawson added 52 rushing yards and a score, while Dwayne Frampton snagged eight
passes for 83 yards and a TD. Fresh off their first win, the Red Wolves return
back to the road to face Troy this weekend.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC: The Owls are set to return from a bye week and will face
North Texas at home on September 25th. After a dramatic 32-31 win over UAB to
star the season, FAU was downed by Michigan State 30-17 in its most recent
outing on September 11th.
FIU: The Golden Panthers took a 20-6 lead into the final quarter before
allowing 21-unanswered points to Texas A&M in a 27-20 loss over the weekend.
It was the second straight week in which FIU (0-2) let a fourth-quarter lead
slip away against a FBS conference member, as Rutgers rallied for a 19-14
against the Panthers on September 11th. The Panthers had six sacks and forced
five turnovers, including a 54-yard INT return for a TD by Anthony Gaitor, but
the offense didn't always make the most of the opportunities. FIU was just 3-
of-18 on third down conversions and amassed only 232 yards off total offense.
FIU continues it three-game journey this weekend with a visit to College Park
to face Maryland.
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE: The Ragin' Cajuns have split their first two games of the campaign
and are coming off a bye week. After losing at nationally-ranked Georgia,
55-7, to start the season, Louisiana bounced back with a 31-24 win over
Arkansas State in its league and home opener on September 11th. The Cajuns
will now host Middle Tennessee this weekend to cap a short two-game homestand.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE: The Blue Raiders turned the ball over four times and that
made the difference in a 24-17 loss at Memphis over the weekend. MT (1-2)
outgained Memphis, 315-287, but failed to record a single takeaway. QB Logan
Kilgore had a rough game under center, as he was picked three times while
completing 16-of-26 passes for 161 yards and a TD. Backup Jeff Murphy entered
the game in the third quarter and threw for 87 yards and scored a TD on the
ground, but it wasn't enough. The Raiders will open their Sun Belt campaign
this weekend when they face Louisiana.
NORTH TEXAS: The Mean Green remained winless on the campaign following a 24-0
blanking at Army over the weekend. North Texas (0-3) managed just 201 total
yards and was outgained 292-95 on the ground. Lance Dunbar was held to just 42
yards on 12 carries, as his string of five consecutive 100-yard efforts came
to an end. QB Derek Thompson started the game and threw for just 43 yards and
an INT before leaving with an injury. Riley Dodge stepped in and didn't fare
much better, completing 8-of-17 tosses for a more 63 yards. The Mean Green
kicks off its league slate this weekend at Florida Atlantic.
TROY: A 44-yard TD pass on the last play of the game gave UAB a stunning 34-33
win over Troy this past weekend. Coming off a tight 41-38 loss at Oklahoma
State, the Trojans (1-2) allowed 21 fourth-quarter points to UAB, which drove
99 yards in the final 1:09 for the victory. DuJuan Harris paced Troy in defeat
with 94 yards and a two scores on 11 carries, while QB Corey Robinson threw
for 404 yards and two TDs on 26-of-44 pass attempts. As a team, the Trojans
racked up 566 yards of offense, but hurt themselves with 15 penalties for 119
yards. The Trojans will begin defense of their Sun Belt title by hosting
Arkansas State this weekend.
UL-MONROE: In their league opener, the Warhawks allowed 474 total yards,
including 234 on the ground, in a 34-20 loss to Arkansas State over the
weekend. ULM (0-2, 0-1) managed 391 total yards, but just 124 rushing, and
committed a pair of turnovers. QB Kolton Browning accounted for a majority of
the team's offense, as he rushed for 83 yards on 18 carries, while passing for
267 yards and two TDs on 19-of-32 throws. He, however, was also intercepted
twice. His main target was Luther Ambrose, who pulled in seven passes for 84
yards and a TD. The Warhawks return home this weekend and will host
WESTERN KENTUCKY: The Hilltoppers jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead before
Indiana scored 31 straight points en route to a 38-21 decision this past
weekend. First-year head coach Willie Taggart remained winless, as WKU (0-3)
suffered its 23rd straight loss, the nation's longest current streak. Bobby
Rainey though, continues to be a bright spot for the Toppers, rushing for 105
yards and two scores on 21 carries. QB Kawaun Jakes added 30 yards on the
ground, while throwing for 144 more and a score on 13-of-20 attempts. The
Toppers hit the road this weekend to take on South Florida in Tampa.