Saturday in the Sun Belt – Troy Gets a Big Win
Saturday's action has been anticipated fora while as the two best teams, record-wise, met with first place on the line in the Sun Belt. Now the scene shifts to Thursday, when the only two teams left that are unbeaten in league play meet head to head.
Here's what happened yesterday in the league:
TROY 28, APPALACHIAN STATE 24--Jordan Chunn capped an 85 yard run by scoring from eleven yards out with 1:02 remaining to lead the Trojans (8-1, 5-0 Sun Belt) to the big win. Appalachian State (7-3, 5-1) had battled back from a 14-0 deficit to take the lead before the winning drive. Chunn finished with 129 yards on 31 carries. Jalin Moore led the Mountaineers' ground game with 91 yards and a pair of scores.
ARKANSAS STATE 41, NEW MEXICO STATE 22--Make it five in a row for the Red Wolves (5-4, 5-0 Sun Belt) as quarterback Justice Hansen threw for 257 yards and a pair of scores to pace Arkansas State. Warren Wand led the ground game with a pair of scores. Tyler Rogers had a strong game, throwing for 256 yards and a score, but Arkansas State's Money Hunter picked off a tipped pass and returned it for a score. It was the fourth pick-six of Hunter's career, a new league record. With the loss, New Mexico State (2-7, 1-4) has been eliminated from bowl consideration.
IDAHO 47, TEXAS STATE 14--The Vandals (6-4, 4-2) are going bowling for the first time since 2009 as Matt Linehan threw for 336 yards and Idaho ran away from Texas State after a 14-14 tie. The Vandals outgained the Bobcats (2-7, 0-5) 490-175 in the game and have given up just 27 points in their last two games. Idaho had won just six total games in the last three seasons combined. Tyler Jones completed 12-16 passes for 175 yards for Texas State, which has been officially eliminated from bowl consideration.
ULM 37, GEORGIA STATE 23--Give that kid a helmet sticker. Thomas Koufie ran for five touchdowns in Atlanta Saturday and gained 201 yards on 31 carries to lead the Warhawks (4-6, 3-3 Sun Belt) to a big day. Georgia State was 42nd in the nation in scoring defense, but the Warhawks rolled in the second half after leading just 9-6 at halftime. Connor Manning threw for 422 yards and three scores for the Panthers (2-8, 1-5) Georgia State fired head coach Trent Miles following the game.
Arkansas State heads to Troy in another showdown for first place this Thursday night in Troy.