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ASU will face the SBC Defensive Player of the Week on Thursday

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NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.org) - Sun Belt teams combined for four more non-conference wins on Saturday with Texas State and Troy moving to 2-0 on the season and Louisiana-Monroe and South Alabama earning their first wins of the season.

Notably, South Alabama's win over Tulane pushed the Sun Belt's record to 3-0 against Conference-USA on the season. The two conferences have only one remaining regular season contest as Tulane visits ULM on September 28. Those two teams met last season with ULM winning 63-10.

Texas State opened with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2005 and just the third time since 1992 when Dennis Franchione was head coach. The Bobcats will remain undefeated for at least one more week as they have off this upcoming Saturday before travelling to Lubbok to face Texas Tech on September 21.

Troy will take its 2-0 record to Jonesboro for a Thursday night ESPNU clash with conference rival Arkansas State. The two teams have combined to win at least a share of the Sun Belt Championship for the last eight years. Arkansas State has won the last two SBC titles outright along with a share of the 2005 championship, while Troy took at least a piece of the championship for five seasons from 2006 through 2010.

Next Saturday will see another early season conference game as WKU travels to Mobile to play USA. Louisiana-Lafayette will be playing its home opener for the 2013 season after playing on the road the previous two weeks. ULM will begin a two-game non-conference road swing as it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., for its first ever meeting with Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon.

Upcoming Schedule

September 12
* Troy at Arkansas State – 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

September 14
Georgia State at West Virginia - 11 a.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at Wake Forest - 11:30 a.m. (Raycom Sports Net)
Nicholls State at Louisiana-Lafayette - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
* Western Kentucky at South Alabama - 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
September 21
Jacksonville State at Georgia State - 1 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette at Akron - 5 p.m.
Texas State at Texas Tech - 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)
Morgan State at Western Kentucky - 6 p.m.
Arkansas State at Memphis - TBA
Louisiana-Monroe at Baylor - TBA
Troy at Mississippi State - TBA
All times Central (CT) and subject to change
* denotes Sun Belt Conference game

Recent Results

September 7

Tennessee 52, WKU 20 - 11:21 a.m. (SEC Network)
Chattanooga 42, Georgia State 14 - 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
South Alabama 41, Tulane 39 - 2:30 p.m.
Kansas State 48, Louisiana-Lafayette 27 - 5:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Texas State 28, Prairie View A&M 3 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Troy 66, Savannah State 3 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Louisiana-Monroe 48, Grambling State 10 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Auburn 38, Arkansas State 9 - 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)
August 31
Arkansas 34, Louisiana-Lafayette 14 - 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)
#16 Oklahoma 34, Louisiana-Monroe 0 - 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Network PPV)
Troy 34, UAB 31 (OT) - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
^ WKU 35, Kentucky 26 (ESPNews) - 6 p.m.
Arkansas State 62, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 11 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Texas State 22, Southern Mississippi 15 - 6 p.m.
^ Game played at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

Sun Belt Conference Players of the Week (as selected by media panel)

Offensive Player of the Week


Ross Metheny (South Alabama, Sr., QB)

Metheny set school game records with 365 yards of total offense and four touchdowns accounted for to help lead USA to a 41-39 victory at Tulane Saturday, snapping a seven-game Jaguar losing streak. The senior left-hander completed 19-of-30 attempts for 290 yards and two scores, adding a career-best 75 yards on 11 carries to pace all players in rushing as well in leading the Jaguars to 465 yards of total offense, the most for the program against an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. Metheny put the Jaguars up 7-0 with a career-long 35-yard run on the fourth play from scrimmage, reaching the end zone in the opening minute of the second quarter from 12 yards out to make the score 28-7. In between, he hit Shavarez Smith for a 14-yard score and Davin Hawkins for a 30-yard touchdown for his third game with multiple touchdown passes in the last four outings.

Defensive Player of the Week

Jadarius Garner (Troy, So., DL)

Jadarius Garner dominated in the trenches with two sacks for a negative 20 yards, 3.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a quarterback hurry in Troy's victory over Savannah State. The Troy defense held the Tigers to three points and 147 yards of total offense.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Darryl Surgent (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., RS)

Senior return specialist Darryl Surgent set a Cajuns school record by returning a second half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Kansas State. Surgent's touchdown keyed a 24-7 spurt by the Cajuns in the game. Surgent's return broke the old school long of 99 yards set by Mike McDonald at Pensacola Navy in 1978 and tie Mike McKenzie's career record with two career kickoff return touchdowns.
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