Blue Raiders, Ragin' Cajuns, and Warhawks win in Saturday Sun Belt pigskin action

Louisiana-Monroe 42, North Texas 16
MONROE, La. (AP) - Kolton Browning returned from a foot injury to throw for 324 yards and three touchdowns as Louisiana-Monroe defeated North Texas 42-16 Saturday to earn its first winning season as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.

Browning completed 25 of 34 passes for the Warhawks (7-4, 5-2 Sun Belt Conference), whose record is the program's best since going 9-3 in 1993.

Wide receiver Je'Ron Hamm caught seven of Browning's passes for a career-high 119 yards, including fourth-quarter touchdowns of 24 and 61 yards that stretched the lead to 35-10.

Brent Leonard had eight catches for 93 yards and a touchdown for the Warhawks, who had lost their previous two games after winning five straight.

Derek Thompson completed 27 of 43 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns for the Mean Green (4-7, 3-4), with Carlos Harris catching eight for 118 yards.

The teams combined for 985 yards total offense.

Middle Tennessee 20, South Alabama 12
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Jordan Parker ran for 154 yards on 24 carries and Logan Kilgore tossed a pair of touchdown passes as Middle Tennessee held off South Alabama 20-12 Saturday.

Kilgore's 49-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Bryson put the Blue Raiders (7-3, 5-1 Sun Belt Conference) up 7-3 with 5:14 left in the first quarter, and Middle Tennessee maintained the lead over the Jaguars (2-9, 1-6) the rest of the way.

Carlos Lopez kicked field goals of 26 and 19 yards for the Blue Raiders, and Anthony Amos caught a 6-yard TD pass from Kilgore, who finished with 233 yards on 16-of-29 passing.

Jajuan Harley intercepted a Ross Metheny pass on the first play of South Alabama's final drive to ensure a Middle Tennessee victory. The pick was Harley's second in the game, and the third and final pick for Metheny.

Harley also forced and recovered a fumble early in the third quarter.

Louisiana-Lafayette 31, Western Kentucky 27
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Terrance Broadway threw for 258 yards and ran one in with 38 seconds left to help Louisiana-Lafayette rally and beat Western Kentucky 31-27 Saturday in a Sun Belt Conference matchup.

Broadway, who completed 23 of 33 passes, struggled early on, throwing two interceptions as the Ragin' Cajuns trailed 27-17 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Louisiana-Lafayette (6-4, 4-2), which lost to Florida 27-20 last week on a blocked punt return for a touchdown with two seconds left, began its rally on its own 28-yard line.

From there, Broadway drove Louisiana-Lafayette 72 yards in 11 plays, connecting with Jamal Robinson for a 4-yard touchdown to draw the Ragin' Cajuns within 27-24.

Western Kentucky (6-5, 3-4) recovered the ensuing kickoff, but after going three-and-out, Broadway drove his team 79 yards in 52 seconds to set up his game-winning, 14-yard touchdown run.

Broadway completed 11 of his last 16 passes.