TROY, Ala. (AP) - Levi Brown threw for 181 yards and three touchdowns as Troy beat Arkansas State 35-9 to clinch its first outright Sun Belt championship and earn a berth in the New Orleans Bowl. Troy (8-4, 6-1 Sun Belt) will play Southern Mississippi in the bowl on Dec. 17.
Arkansas State (6-6, 4-3) is bowl eligible, but must wait to see if it will earn a berth. Troy scored on Brown's 19-yard touchdown pass to Cornelius Williams in the first quarter.
Xavier Moreland caught a 6-yard pass from Brown to make the score 14-0, and DuJuan Harris, who rushed for 72 yards, scored on a 6-yard run to give Troy a 21-0 halftime lead.
Dominique Williams tackled Brown in the end zone to cut the lead to 21-2 with 13:55 to go in the game. Brown hit Austin Silvoy with a 24-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give Troy a 28-2 lead.
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