FIU receiving Top 25 votes, Week 3 Sun Belt Players of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (Sun Belt) - The Sun Belt released their football news and notes for the upcoming week, along with announcing the conference players of the week.

Upcoming Games

September 24 
Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa - 11 a.m. (Big Ten Network)
* Middle Tennessee at Troy - 3:30 p.m. (Sun Belt Network)
* Louisiana-Lafayette at FIU - 5 p.m. (ESPN3)
Indiana at North Texas - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Florida Atlantic at Auburn - 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State - 7 p.m. (ESPN3/KAIT)

Recent Results

September 17 
#23 TCU 38, Louisiana-Monroe 17 - 1 p.m. (The Mtn.)
#13 Virginia Tech 26, Arkansas State 7 - 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
FIU 17, UCF 10 - 5 p.m. (ESPN3)
Indiana State 44, Western Kentucky 16 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Louisiana-Lafayette 38, Nicholls State 21 - 6 p.m. (Cox4)
#2 Alabama 41, North Texas 0 - 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
#14 Arkansas 38, Troy 28 - 6:30 p.m. (CSS)

All times Central (CT) and subject to change 
* denotes Sun Belt Conference game
TV carrier in parenthesis

Sun Belt News and Notes

FIU Moves to 3-0, Receiving Votes in Top-25 Polls
Coming off a 17-10 victory over the UCF Knights, the FIU Football team is receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll. The Panthers received four votes in the AP poll and 11 in the Coaches Poll. This marks the first time in program history that the team receives Top-25 votes in any poll. 

FIU is one of only six non-automatic qualifying BCS teams that is still undefeated on the year, the others being Houston, Wyoming, Boise State, San Diego State and Ohio.

FIU will now turn their attention to conference play this week when they host Louisiana-Lafayette. FIU already stands at 1-0 in Sun Belt play with an opening week win over North Texas. Louisiana-Lafayette stands at 2-1 for the season and first year Head Coach Mark Hudspeth will be facing his first Sun Belt opponents as the Cajuns travel to Miami for the FIU game and then return home to face the league's other Florida school - Florida Atlantic.

Also on tap for conference play Saturday is the "Battle for the Palladium" pitting Troy against Middle Tennessee in the annual trophy game. The game marks the first Sun Belt Network telecast of the season. The Sun Belt Network, a partnerships with Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and Cox Sports Television (CST), will televise 11 games this season. 

Sun Belt Players of the Week (Selected by Media Panel)

Offensive Player of the Week

Corey Robinson (Troy, So., QB)
Robinson established new career highs for pass attempts (63), completions (36) and rushing yard (33) in leading the Trojans to within 10 points of the 14th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. His 373 passing yards were the third most of his career and he moved up two spots on the Troy career passing list, becoming just the sixth player in school history with more than 4.000 career passing yards (4,357). His three TD passes moved him into sixth on the Troy career list with 32. Robinson helped Troy out-gain the Razorbacks, who came in ranked 8th in the nation in total offense, 457 yards to 454.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Isame Faciane (FIU, So., DT)

Isame Faciane didn't fill up the stat sheet against UCF (9/17), but he had arguably the biggest play of the game when he picked up a Jeff Godfrey fumble and returned it 51 yards for a game-tying touchdown with six seconds left in the first half. He finished the game with just one tackle, but his play inside freed up linebackers Winston Fraser and Jordan Hunt who combined for 21 tackles vs. UCF.

LaDarrius Madden (Troy, Sr., DB)
Making his first start of the year, Madden had a huge game against No. 14 Arkansas, recording six total tackles, including 1.5 TFL. He also had a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter to bring the Trojans within 10 points in the game and then recovered a fumble later in the fourth quarter to give the Trojans a chance to draw within one score in the game. The interception was the fourth in 14 games in Madden's career and the fumble recovery was his third.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Melvin White (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., DB)
White made the momentum turning play in Saturday's game with a 68-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown. The play came with the Cajuns facing a Nicholls State field goal opportunity, in a tied game midway through the second quarter. The kick was blocked and White scooped the ball and raced into the end zone. The Cajuns starting cornerback also made three tackles, 0.5 sacks and forced a fumble on the Nicholls 17-yard line that led to ULL's first score of the game. The Cajuns outscored the Colonels 24-7 after the blocked field goal.