Final Major Weekend of Non-Conference Games on Tap
A week after matching up in seven non-conference games, the Sun Belt
Conference will go up against six more non-conference foes in week five
of the college football season. All six games are available for home
This will be the last
major week of non-conference play as the bulk of the remaining schedule
will feature head-to-head conference games.
Three teams will be at home as Western Kentucky hosts Navy, Texas State
hosts Wyoming and Louisiana-Monroe hosts Tulane. The Warhawks will play
in the Sun Belt's last regular season game against a Conference USA
opponent. So far this season, the Sun Belt Conference
is 3-0 against Conference USA (Week 1 - Texas State defeated Southern
Miss; Troy defeated UAB; Week 2 - South Alabama defeated Tulane). ULM
defeated Tulane last season by a score of 63-10.
Two road contests will be played at SEC opponents as Arkansas State
plays at Missouri and South Alabama plays at Tennessee. Troy travels to
Durham, N.C. to play ACC member Duke. The Sun Belt has one win against
each of those leagues, with ULM having defeated
Wake Forest out of the ACC and WKU having defeated Kentucky out of the
The AFCA will hold its sixth annual Coach to Cure MD effort with the
games of September 28. More than 110 FBS schools will be wearing a Coach
to Cure MD patch to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular
All Sun Belt coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches
this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org
or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999."
All eight Sun Belt schools are participating, even the two idle teams
will wear the patches during a different game this season (Georgia State
South Alabama at Tennessee - 11:21 a.m. (SEC Network)
Navy at Western Kentucky - 1 p.m. (ESPNews)
Troy at Duke - 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Wyoming at Texas State - 6 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
Tulane at Louisiana-Monroe - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Arkansas State at Missouri - 6:30 p.m. (CSS and CST)
* Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Monroe - 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
All times Central (CT) and subject to change
* denotes Sun Belt Conference game
Jacksonville State 32, Georgia State 26 (OT) - 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
#20 Baylor 70, Louisiana-Monroe 7 - 3 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Memphis 31, Arkansas State 7 - 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Louisiana-Lafayette 35, Akron 30 - 5 p.m. (ESPN3)
#25 Texas Tech 33, Texas State 7 - 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)
Western Kentucky 58, Morgan State 17 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Mississippi State 62, Troy 7 - 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)
West Virginia 41, Georgia State 7 - 11 a.m. (Root Sports)
Louisiana-Monroe 21, Wake Forest 19 - 11:30 a.m. (Raycom Sports Net)
Louisiana-Lafayette 70, Nicholls State 3 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
* South Alabama 31, Western Kentucky 24 - 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
* Arkansas State 41, Troy 34 – 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Sun Belt Conference Players of the Week (as selected by media panel)
Offensive Player of the Week
Terrance Broadway (Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., QB,)
Broadway was responsible for all five Cajuns touchdowns, including a
pair of fourth quarter scores that brought the Cajuns back from a 24-21
deficit to claim a 35-30 win at Akron. Broadway set season highs for
attempts (37), completions (25), touchdowns (3)
and yards (305) while also rushing 15 times for a game-high 68 yards and
two touchdowns. He scored on runs of 15 and 14 yards, the latter
giving the Cajuns the lead for good with 8:07 left. He came back at the
6:19 mark to throw a 14-yard TD pass to Darryl
Surgent to put the Cajuns ahead, 35-24.
Defensive Player of the Week
Xavius Boyd (WKU, Sr., LB)
WKU senior linebacker Xavius Boyd recorded his fourth-straight
double-digit tackle performance when he racked up 10 tackles (seven
solo) against Morgan State in a 58-17 victory. Boyd has recorded
double-digit tackles in each of the Tops' first four games after
recording just three double-digit performances all of last season.
Additionally, the linebacker picked up three tackles for loss, including
a pair of sacks, and forced one fumble, his first of the year. Boyd now
leads the Hilltoppers and the conference in tackles
for loss (9.5), sacks (5.5), assisted and unassisted tackles (22/23) and
total tackles (45). Boyd's 9.5 TFLs are five more than the next closest
player in the SBC and rank him third nationally in the category.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Jonathan Dowling (WKU, r-Jr., DB)
Junior defensive back and team captain Jonathan Dowling returned a
blocked field goal for a touchdown in the second quarter of WKU's 58-17
thumping of Morgan State on Saturday. It was the first time a blocked
field goal had been returned for a touchdown by
the Hilltoppers since they became an FBS member in 2008 and was the
second career touchdown for Dowling's career. The touchdown also marked
the first special teams touchdown of the season for WKU and first since
Antonio Andrews returned a punt 70 yards for
the score in the 2012 season opener against Austin Peay.
Team News and Notes
Arkansas State Red Wolves
A-State continues its non-conference slate Saturday at Missouri, the
second SEC opponent on the Red Wolves schedule . . . A-State suffered a
38-9 setback at Auburn in its second game, and now faces Missouri for
the third time in school history and the first
time since 2005 . . . Coming off a 31-7 setback at Memphis, the Red
Wolves have not dropped back-to-back games since dropping its last four
games of the 2010 season . . . A-State has two SEC opponents on its
schedule for the first time since 2004 (Ole Miss
and LSU) . . . ASU is 2-2 through four games for the third consecutive
season . . . The Red Wolves defeated UAPB 62-11 in their season opener
and are looking for a second non-conference victory for a third straight
year . . . Despite being held under 300 yards
total offense for the first time this year its last time, A-State is
still ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in total offense (472.0
ypg) . . . ASU is ranked 25th in the nation and first in the Sun Belt
Conference in rushing yards (240.3 ypg), but face
a Missouri defense that is ranked 30th in the nation in rushing defense
(115.3 ypg) . . . Although the Red Wolves recorded a season-low two
tackles for loss against Memphis, they are still ranked 15th in the
nation in the stat with 7.8 per game . . . ASU has
recorded at least one fumble in every game this year and has recovered
one in the last three . . . Over 50 percent of Arkansas State's scoring
drives have taken under two minutes this season . . . Soph. WR Julian
Jones has recorded at least six receptions the
last three games and now has 21 total over that span. Jones has either
led or tied for the team-high in receptions every game this season and
is ranked 48th in the nation with 5.8 per game . . . Two A-State players
posted a career-high tackles total against
Memphis, including freshman LB Xavier Woodson with a team-high nine . . .
Soph. WR J.D. McKissic recorded a career-high 82 kickoff return yards
against Memphis, which were also the most by an ASU player since 2010.
Georgia State Panthers
Georgia State's overtime loss to Jacksonville State was the Panthers'
sixth overtime contest in three-plus seasons (37 games). GSU is 2-4 in
Quarterback Ronnie Bell
found Albert Wilson for a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play of
the game, the fourth-longest pass and play from scrimmage in Georgia
State history and the fastest score in GSU annals.
Albert Wilson has a
hand in the four longest plays from scrimmage in GSU history with
receptions of 93, 84, 78 and 75 yards. Add his 100-yard kickoff return
against Old Dominion in 2012 and 97-yard kickoff return
against Alabama in 2010, and he has been involved in six of the eight
longest plays in Panther annals. His 19 career touchdown catches have
covered an average of 46.7 yards, including eight TDs of longer than 50
Albert Wilson's career
average of 19.6 yards per catch ranks first among all active FBS
players. He has 126 career receptions for 2,470 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native also ranks fourth
among active players with 4,759 career all-purpose yards and sixth in
receiving yards per game (72.6).
Albert Wilson achieved
the 10th 100-yard receiving game of his career, and his sixth game with
at least 200 all-purpose yards. His 158 yards receiving is the
third-highest total of his career and third highest
in GSU history, while his 280 all-purpose yards are also third-best for
him and for GSU.
Punter Matt Hubbard
tied his own school record with an 80-yard punt against Jacksonville
State. He also blasted an 80-yard last season against South Carolina
State. Hubbard has a career punting average of 42.3
(ninth among active FBS punters).
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
After rallying for two fourth quarter touchdowns to come from behind to
claim a 35-30 win at Akron last week, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns will
take the week off before returning to action on Saturday, Oct. 5 when
they open Sun Belt play at home against league
newcomer Texas State at 6:00 p.m. in Cajun Field.
Broadway was responsible for all five Cajuns touchdowns, rushing for two
and throwing for three. He completed 25-of-37 passes for a season-high
305 yards and also rushed 15 times for a game-high
Wide receiver Jamal
Robinson was the main target for Broadway, catching a career-high eight
passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. It was his fourth career
100-yard receiving game and his third career multi-touchdown
Senior Darryl Surgent also set a career receiving best with seven receptions for 83 yards and a score.
safety Rodney Gillis celebrated his first start of the season by
intercepting a first quarter pass and returning it 28 yards to set up
the first Louisiana touchdown of the game. It was his sixth
career interception, five of which came in 2012.
Saturday's contest against Tulane will close out ULM's slate for
September as well as its non-conference schedule... The Warhawks are
currently 2-1 in the month of September with wins over Grambling State
(home) and Wake Forest (away) and a loss to No. 19 Baylor
ULM and Tulane are
meeting on the gridiron for the second consecutive season... Last
season, the Warhawks claimed a 63-10 win over the Green Wave in New
Orleans to earn its first win in the all-time series...
ULM dropped the two previous meetings to the Green Wave (L, 9-52, Oct.
5, 2002, Monroe; L, 10-24, Sept. 20, 2008, New Orleans).
Tulane's trip to Malone
Stadium Saturday will be the second trip all-time for the Green Wave...
Tulane's only other trip to ULM was on Oct. 5, 2002 as the visitors
earned a win in the first-ever meeting between
the two clubs.
So far this season, the
Sun Belt Conference is 3-0 against Conference USA (Week 1 - Texas State
def. Southern Miss; Troy def. UAB; Week 2 - South Alabama def. Tulane).
contest against Tulane, ULM will have a short turnaround as they welcome
Western Kentucky for a Thursday night contest (Oct. 3, ESPNU)... It
will be the first of two occurances this season
where the Warhawks play on Saturday and then play the following Thursday
(Oct. 26, Georgia State; Oct. 31, at Troy [ESPNU]).
With 262 yards of total
offense at No. 19 Baylor, Kolton Browning became ULM's all-time leader
in total offense as he passed Steven Jyles (2002-05)... Browing
currently has 10,323 yards of total offense -- 8,917
passing, 1,406 rushing... Jyles totaled 10,234 yards of total offense
during his four-year career (8,987 passing, 1,247 rushing).
South Alabama Jaguars
For the second straight year, the Jaguars visit a Southeastern
Conference opponent prior to facing Sun Belt Conference rival Troy; USA
dropped a 30-10 decision at nationally-ranked Mississippi State on Sept.
22 last fall in their first-ever match-up with an
SEC foe. … USA enters this contest coming off back-to-back wins for
first time since the Jags defeated Henderson (Ark.) State and
Mississippi Valley State on Oct. 29 and Nov. 3, 2011. … While no Jaguar
has ever played at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium, five members
of the program's coaching staff have experience in the environment. As
players at Alabama, head coach Joey Jones (1980, '82) and assistants
Kevin Sherrer ('94) and Freddie Roach (‘02 and '04) all took part in
games in Knoxville at least once, assistant coach
Robert Matthews was part of a Georgia squad that visited in 1997 and
graduate assistant Chevis Jackson played in the venue with LSU in ‘06. …
This will be the first of three games for the Jags this fall following
an open week (the others are Oct. 19 vs. Kent
State and at Navy on Nov. 16) — USA has won five of seven outings the
previous four seasons when playing with at least one extra week to
prepare. … Jeremé Jones has recorded 30 outings in a row with at least
one reception after ending the WKU contest with a
team-high-tying four catches for a season-best 68 yards. … OLB Clifton
Crews has been credited with at least one assist behind the line of
scrimmage in three straight contests, matching the longest streak of his
career first set from Oct. 31-Nov. 12, 2009.
The senior collected a season-high-tying six tackles against the
Toppers. … With a 50-yard completion from Ross Metheny to Shavarez Smith
— the longest for the Jaguars this fall — and Pearson's 49-yard
interception return, USA has now recorded seven plays of
40 or more yards in 2013. That's the same amount the Jags had in 13
outings a season ago. … USA's final two touchdown marches — the first
which tied the contest near the end of the third quarter, the second
that provided the final margin of victory with 98
seconds to go — were on opposite ends of the drive chart. When Jay Jones
reached the end zone from four yards out for his first career score, it
capped the Jaguars' longest drive of the year in terms of both yards
(89 in 14 plays) and time (5:36), while Trey
Fetner's one-yard scoring run ended their shortest, a 16-yard possession
that took just 34 seconds off the clock in four snaps. … Wes Saxton's
His 37-yard catch in the second quarter in the WKU game was not only the
longest of his career, but one of five gains
of 20-plus yards for the junior this year — that equals his total in 13
contests a season ago.
Texas State Bobcats
Texas State enters the Wyoming game looking to win its second straight
home game and open the season with three wins in its first four games
The Bobcats enters the
Wyoming game ranked fourth nationally and leading the Sun Belt
Conference in rushing defense after surrendering an average of 62.0
yards in their first three games.
Texas State also ranks
third nationally and leads the SBC in turnover margin with an average
margin of 2.78 per game. The Bobcats also rank sixth nationally and are
the SBC leader in fumbles recovered with five.
Texas State has forced 10 turnovers this season and that ranks eighth
nationally and leads the Sun Belt Conference.
Texas State's defense
also ranks eighth nationally and leads the SBC in red-zone defense with a
percentage of .571 through its first three games.
Texas State had three
interceptions against Texas Tech to mark the second time this season the
Bobcats have intercepted two or more passes in a game. Xavier Daniels,
Justin Iwuji and Germod Williams had interceptions
against the Red Raiders. David Mayo opened the season with two
interceptions at Southern Miss.
David Mayo led the
Bobcats with nine tackles after recording eight tackles against Prairie
View A&M and six stops at Southern Miss.
Xavier Daniels, who
moved to cornerback this season after playing his first three years as a
free safety, also led the team with seven solo tackles and recorded a
career-best 2.0 tackle for losses of five yards
against Texas Tech. He enters the Wyoming game ranked sixth nationally
with 2.0 passes defended per game.
Michael Orakpo leads
the nation in forced fumbles with an average of 1.0 per game. He forced
two fumbles against Southern Miss and another against Prairie View
Jim Teknip caught his first pass of the season in the first quarter,
becoming the first tight end to have a reception since November 19,
2011, against FAU (also Teknip). It was also the 10th longest play of
the season for the Trojans … Brandon Burks ran for
26 yards late in the first quarter, the longest rush of the season for
the Trojans and the 12th longest play of the year overall … Eric Thomas
caught his sixth touchdown of the season in the first quarter, giving
him at least one touchdown in five consecutive
games. He also now has at least one reception in 29 straight games. He
now has sole possession of second place in Sun Belt history with 23
career touchdown receptions, just one behind T.Y. Hilton … Jed Solomon
took the extra point for the Trojans following
the touchdown in the first quarter, giving him his first career point …
Brandon Burks rushed for a career-high 43 yards … Jordan Chunn's 25
receiving yards is a career-high … Rishad Goode set a career-high with
five tackles … Joe Lofton set a career-high with
four tackles … Martrez Townes had his first career forced fumble … Ryan
Kay had his first career punt … Chandler Worthy's 13-yard kickoff return
in the second quarter moved him into sixth in school history in kickoff
return yards (1204).
WKU's 58 points scored against Morgan State on Saturday were its most in
the FBS era and the most since scoring 87 against West Virginia Tech on
Sept. 8, 2007
WKU's 588 yards were a
season high and the third time the Hilltoppers have racked up 400 or
more yards this season. - WKU has tallied at least 393 yards in every
game this season.
Senior running back
Antonio Andrews finished with 213 rushing yards on 17 carries and five
rushing touchdowns. The five rushing touchdowns set a new WKU single
game record and tied the SBC single game record
in that category
With his 291 all-purpose yards on the night, Andrews now leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with 222.5 yards per game.
Xavius Boyd tallied his fourth straight double-digit tackle performance
after having only three of those games last season. He leads the SBC and
WKU in tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks.
His 9.5 tackles for loss are third most nationally per game (2.4) and
lead the nation overall.
The Hilltoppers host
Navy this week in a 1 p.m. nationally televised game on ESPNews. Navy
carries a 2-0 record over WKU heading into the game.
Appalachian State Mountaineers (Coming in 2014)
Appalachian State opened its final Southern Conference campaign with a 31-21 win at Elon.
Appalachian State raced
out to a 24-0 lead in the first half and set season highs for points
(31), total yards (599), passing yards (404) and rushing yards
(195) in the win at Elon.
avoided its first 0-3 start since 1993. The Mountaineers also avoided
three-straight losses in the same season since '93.
Appalachian State's Scott Satterfield earned his first win as a head coach.
In the first start of
his career, true freshman running back Marcus Cox amassed 308
all-purpose yards (149 receiving, 159 rushing) and scored three
touchdowns, one on a three-yard run and the others on 50- and
employed a two-quarterback system in the win at Elon. Playing the
primarily in the first and third quarters, senior Jamal Londry-Jackson
completed 16-of-21 passes for 205 yards and one touchdowns.
Playing primarily in the second and fourth quarters, sophomore Kameron
Bryant completed 9-of-12 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Appalachian State returns home this week to face 4-0 Charleston Southern. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Georgia Southern Eagles (Coming in 2014)
After its first of two bye weeks in the 2013 season, Georgia Southern
(2-1) plays host to Southern Conference rival Chattanooga, Saturday,
Sept. 28th. Kickoff at Allen E. Paulson Stadium is set at 6 p.m. and the
game is part of the festivities for Family Weekend.
The Eagles lead the
series with the Mocs 22-4 and have won the last two meetings. Georgia
Southern won last year's game at Finley Stadium in a triple-overtime
thriller 39-31. Both teams are coming off a bye week
with Chattanooga defeating Austin Peay in a non-conference game 42-10
and Georgia Southern falling in a conference contest at Wofford 30-20.
During the Monken era, the Eagles are 7-0 at Paulson Stadium during the
month of September.
Redshirt freshman Kevin
Ellison, who started for the Eagles at quarterback with senior Jerick
McKinnon in the backfield, earned the SoCon Freshman of the Week award
with 102 yards of rushing, averaging a team-best
7.3 yards per carry. Ellison posted a career-long rush of 53 yards to
set up the Eagles' first touchdown and threw a career-best six
completions, five coming in the final touchdown drive for Georgia
McKinnon, the Eagles'
top rusher with 243 in 2013 and 3,092 total, is just 120 yards from
tying Georgia Southern great Tracy Ham (3,212) for seventh place on the
all-time career rushing list. Junior running back
Dominique Swope, with the Eagles' best per-game rushing average, moved
into the career rushing top 10 list in 10th place, surpassing Gerald
Harris (1983-85). Ellison, second on the team in total rushing yards,
leads Georgia Southern in total offense per game.
Georgia Southern's linebackers senior Kyle Oehlbeck and junior Edwin
Jackson are have 25 and 24 total tackles, respectively, as the leaders
on the defensive side.
In the NCAA statistics,
Georgia Southern, with a 407.7 per game team rushing average, would
lead the FBS ahead of Navy (398.0), would rank sixth on the NCAA chart
for scoring at 52.0 points per game and 15th
for total offense (542.3).
Idaho Vandals (Coming in 2014)
Idaho is at home next week against Temple. Kickoff for the annual Homecoming game is 2:05 p.m. PT.
This is the first time Idaho and Temple have played.
The Vandals fell to 0-4 after a 42-0 loss at Washington State last Saturday.
New Mexico State Aggies (Coming in 2014)
The NM State football team welcomes the San Diego State Aztecs to Las
Cruces this coming weekend, Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. (MT) at Aggie
The Aggies and Aztecs
last met in 2010, with San Diego State winning the game, 41-21. The
series between the two schools is led by the Aztecs at 8-1-1.
produce and distribute the game. The game will be televised live on
Comcast New Mexico, CW-El Paso, Altitude, FS-Arizona Plus and
KASY-Albuquerque. The game will be broadcast tape delayed on
The series between the
Aggies and Aztecs dates back to 1936. The game was played in Las Cruces
and finished in a tie, 7-7. The Aztecs lead the all-time series with NM
State, 8-1-1, while the Aggies only win coming
in 1955, a 26-6 win in Las Cruces.
Only three of the nine
games in the series have been played in Las Cruces, as the Aggies hold a
1-1-1 record in those games. NM State is 0-7 against San Diego State in
games played in San Diego. All the games
in the series have been decided by 20 points or more with the exception
of the 7-7 tie in 1936 and the 34-17 decision in 2009.
The Aztecs currently
hold a six-game winning streak over NM State. Saturday's game is also
the second meeting between the two schools in the month of September.
The Aggies and Aztecs have met six times in October
and three times in November.