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2014 Sun Belt Roundup: Week 2

Sept. 6 at ULM 38, Idaho 31 
And You Care Because … Centrarius Donald ran for a one-yard score with nine seconds to play to cap off a 73-yard drive in the final minute to break the 31-31 tie and come up with the win. ULM seemed to have things in hand with a 21-7 first quarter lead on a 34-yard Donald run and two Pete Thomas touchdown passes, and it took a ten point lead into the fourth on a 21-yard Donald run, but Idaho kept pressing with Matt Linehan throwing two touchdown passes including a 32-yard scoring play to Deon Watson with just over four minutes to play, but the defense couldn’t hold. 
What Else? ULM QB Pete Thomas completed 24-of-44 passes for 384 yards and two score with a pick, and Centrarius Donald ran 20 times for 111 yards and three touchdowns to go along with two catches for 22 yards. 
– Idaho committed 11 penalties for 115 yards with three penalties. ULM got flagged five times for 40 yards and turned it over once. 
– Idaho QB Matt Linehan completed 26-of-47 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns with two picks. 
– With the Florida game cancelled, this was Idaho’s first game of the season. 
Game Rating: A 

Sept. 6 New Mexico State 34, at Georgia State 31 
And You Care Because … Tyler Rogers threw his third touchdown pass of the game, finding Teldrick Morgan for an 11-yard touchdown with just 15 seconds to play to give New Mexico State the win. Georgia State scored the first 17 points of the game highlighted by a 68-yard Donovan Harden catch on the team’s opening drive. The Aggies roared back with a 40-yard Rodney Butler interception return for a score and helped by Morgan’s first touchdown catch, coming from 36-yards out, as part of a 27-7 scoring run. Down three, Georgia State went 86 yards in 15 plays, finishing with a one-yard run from Nick Arbuckle, but Rogers led the team back for the game-winning score. 
What Else? NMSU QB Tyler Rogers completed 25-of-44 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns with a pick. 
– Georgia State’s Krysten Hammon ran 25 times for 123 yards and two scores. 
– Georgia State QB Nick Arbuckle completed 21-of-37 passes for 294 yards and a score with two interceptions and a rushing touchdown. 
– The two teams combined for seven turnovers, four from Georgia State and three from New Mexico State. 
Game Rating: A 

Sept. 6 at Tennessee 34, Arkansas State 19 
And You Care Because … Justin Worley threw two touchdown passes and ran for a five-yard score to help Tennessee get up 31-12 in the third and break open a tight game, but Arkansas State stayed alive with a 24-yard DeKeathan Williams touchdown run early in the fourth. The Vol defense tightened up and Aaron Medley put the game away with a 38-yard field goal. 
What Else? Justin Worley only completed 22-of-38 passes, and he gave up a pick, but he threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score. He continued to build off the good performance against Utah State to settle the Vol quarterback situation. 
– Arkansas State killed itself with mistakes with a key turnover and nine penalties that always seemed to come at the wrong times. Tennessee was only flagged twice. 
– Fredi Knighten showed why he’s so dangerous and why he’s such a baller. The ASU quarterback completed 21-of-34 passes for 166 yards and a score, and he ran 14 times for a team-leading 65 yards and a score. 
– The Vols were great at getting behind the line making nine tackles for loss with Owen Williams coming up with two sacks. A.J. Johnson made nine stops with a tackle for loss and a broken up pass. 
Game Rating: B- 

Sept. 6 Duke 34, at Troy 17 
And You Care Because … Troy jumped out to a 14-3 first half lead on short touchdown runs from Brandon Silvers and Jordan Chunn, but it was all Duke the rest of the way, going on a 31-3 run with Anthony Boone running for scores from 30 and five yards out and hitting Isaac Blakeney on a 49-yard touchdown. Troy only managed a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter to pull within seven, but the Blue Devils answered right back with a seven play drive finishing with Boone’s second scoring run. Boone completed 27-of-41 passes for 268 yards and a score, while Troy sputtered after a good start with Brandon Silvers completed 19-of-27 passes for 160 yards. 
Game Rating: C+ 

Sept. 6 Louisiana Tech 48, at Louisiana-Lafayette 20 
And You Care Because … Kenneth Dixon opened up the scoring with a bang running for a 99-yard score in the first quarter and added a 32-yard touchdown run in the fourth on the way to a 41-7 Bulldog lead. Cody Sokol threw two touchdown passes and Xavier Woods added a 46-yard interception return for a score – ULL couldn’t keep up. The Ragin’ Cajuns tuned the ball over three times, but they moved the ball a bit with quarterbacks Terrance Broadway and Brooks Haack combining to complete 29-of-44 passes for 237 yards and two scores with a pick. Dixon ran 12 times for 184 yards and two scores for Tech, and Cody Sokol completed 22-of-33 passes for 295 yards and two scores. 
Game Rating: C- 

Sept. 6 at Georgia Southern 83, Savannah State 9 
And You Care Because … Georgia Southern spotted Savannah State 76 points on the way to a brutal blowout, running for 599 yards and ten touchdowns with eight different Eagles rushing for scores. Favian Upshaw and Kevin Ellison combined to complete 4-of-5 passes for 96 yards and two scores, while Brandon Thomas ran for 117 yards and a score on seven carries and Ean Days ran eight times for 112 yards and two scores. 
Game Rating: F 

Sept. 6 at Appalachian State 66, Campbell 0 
And You Care Because … Appalachian State destroyed Campbell as Marcus Cox and Ricky Ferguson each ran for two scores and Kameron Bryant threw two touchdown passes in the route. ASU outgained Campbell 538 yards to 95 and allowed just six first downs. The D got into the act, too, forcing four turnovers with a 52-yard pick six from Doug Middleton. Cox ran 20 times for 114 yards and two scores. 
Game Rating: F 

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