Around the Sun Belt: Week 8

Amanda Arnold

Each week we will give an update of what’s going on around the conference. Here’s a rundown of all the games this past week in the Sun Belt.

Georgia State vs. Arkansas State- Oct.18

Arkansas St. QB Justice Hansen threw three touchdowns and rushed into the end zone twice lead his team to rolling over the Panthers (2-5,1-2 Conf.) GSU struggled with turnovers and converting third downs. They fall to last in the Sun Belt East.

Final score: 51-35

App State vs. Louisiana- Oct.20

The Louisiana Cajuns travelled to NC to take on the aggressive App State defense. ASU succeeded behind a career high 183 rushing yards by sophomore Darrynton Evans. They improved to 3-0 in conference play, while Louisiana falls to 1-2 in the Western conference. They became ranked in the AP poll for the first time in school history, in the 25th spot.

Final score: 27-17

Georgia Southern vs. New Mexico State- Oct.20

On Thursday, the Eagles (6-1, 3-0 Conf.) travelled to New Mexico to redeem themselves from a close loss last season. With a prominent rushing game from Wesley Kennedy II and Logan Wright, the Eagles secured bowl eligibility for the second time in school history.  

Final score: 48-31

Coastal Carolina vs. UMass- Oct.20

This close game was led by CCU’s true freshman QB Fred Payton, who came off of the bench after halftime to pass for two touchdowns. Coastal Carolina improves to (4-3, 1-2 Conf.), standing in second in the Sun Belt East.

Final score 24-13 

Texas State vs. UL Monroe- Oct. 20

TSU fell to ULM in a close game. They have fallen to the bottom of the Sun Belt West with a 0-4 Conference record, led by freshman quarterback Tyler Vitt. With a solid game from ULM kicker Craig Ford, they improve to 4-4.

Final Score: 20-14

Troy vs. South Alabama- Oct. 23

Troy (5-2, 3-0 Conf.) will take on South Alabama (2-5, 1-2 Conf.) The Trojans are looking to bounce back after a surprising loss to Liberty last week. Troy RB B.J Smith is expected to have a big game, considering he is nationally ranked no.29 in rushing yards.

Amanda Arnold, The George-Anne Sports Candidate, [email protected]