ULM heads up this week's Sun Belt Conference recap by upsetting Troy at Blakeney field. This is the second conference loss for Troy, making it hard for the Trojans to repeat as Sun Belt Champion, a position they have held or shared for five years straight.

ASU & FIU did not play this weekend, as they will face each other in Jonesboro, Arkansas Tuesday October 25th at 7P in an ESPN2 broadcast game.  The game is a key Sun Belt matchup, as ASU is undefeated in conference at 2-0, and FIU is defending its 2010 Sun Belt Championship at 1-1.

The game will mark the first of two Tuesday games for FIU, as the next week the Panthers will host Troy, again on ESPN2 for a 7P kickoff.

Middle Tennessee has a bye week, and will return to action in Boca Raton to face FAU in a 7P matchup.

Current Football Standings

  SBC           All          
Team Rec Pct H A Neut Strk Rec Pct H A Neut Strk
Louisiana 4-0 1.000 3-0 1-0 0-0 W4 6-1 .857 4-0 2-1 0-0 W6
Arkansas State 2-0 1.000 0-0 2-0 0-0 W2 4-2 .667 2-0 2-2 0-0 W3
WKU 2-1 .667 0-1 2-0 0-0 W2 2-4 .333 0-4 2-0 0-0 W2
FIU 1-1 .500 1-1 0-0 0-0 L1 4-2 .667 2-2 2-0 0-0 W2
ULM 1-1 .500 0-1 1-0 0-0 W1 2-4 .333 1-1 1-3 0-0 W1
North Texas 1-2 .333 1-0 0-2 0-0 L1 2-5 .286 2-1 0-4 0-0 L1
Troy 1-2 .333 1-1 0-1 0-0 L2 2-4 .333 2-1 0-3 0-0 L2
M Tennessee 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 0-0 L2 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 0-0 L1
FAU 0-3 .000 0-0 0-3 0-0 L3 0-6 .000 0-1 0-5 0-0 L6

ULM Hands Troy Worst Home Loss in Blakeney Era, 38-10
TROY, Ala. -- ULM scored 35-unanswered points in the second half to blow past defending Sun Belt Conference champion Troy 38-10 Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

It was the worst home loss in Troy head coach Larry Blakeney's career which dates back to 1991 and just the 13th home loss in his career (91-13-1). The Warhawks outgained the Trojans 523-126 in the game, including a dominating 325-6 in the second half. ULM's 523 yards of total offense are the most in Todd Berry's tenure as head coach.

ULM held Troy to -14 yards rushing and forced three turnovers; the Warhawks have forced seven turnovers in the past two games. It was the fewest rushing yards allowed by the Warhawks since they held Grambling State to -4 yards in 2007.

ULM (2-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) quarterback Kolton Browning completed 23-of-31 attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns, while Tavarese Maye caught seven passes for a career-high 161 yards and a touchdown. Centarius Donald rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and Jyruss Edwards added 88 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

ULM travels to Denton, Texas, next Saturday to take on North Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Troy Suffers First Home Loss to ULM, 38-10 
TROY,  Ala. – The Trojans fell for the first time on Larry Blakeney field to ULM on Saturday, 38-10. It was a defensive showing in the first half for both teams however it would be all Warhawks in the second half capitalizing on turnovers to secure their second straight victory over Troy.

“It's disappointing but maybe even predictable watching them on tape coming in,” said head coach Larry Blakeney. “Normally in our business, in this game when you don't win, you got outcoached and outplayed. We certainly got some work to do, it's pretty obvious. I didn't think we played very well at all on offense.We'll go back to work tomorrow and try to figure things out.”

“It doesn't taste very good and I told the players I know it doesn't taste good to them, and there's only one thing to do about it,” said Blakeney.

“We've got to do something, we've got to run a little better or we've got to throw and catch it a little better. I won't leave out coaching. I was standing there watching it, that's where I come in. I think they will bounce back. They are resilient people. And if they are resilient people and we give them 24 hours, they're going to come back in here ready to work and to get better. Nobody likes getting pounded in front of their home folks.”

Troy will now have time to prepare as they will travel to Miami, Florida to take on Sun Belt foe FIU on October 25.

South Al Downs UTM 33-30 
MOBILE, Ala. – Tennessee-Martin came into Saturday’s football game with the University of South Alabama leading the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in scoring and total offense.  After committing two turnovers and being held to a season-low 325 yards of total offense, the Skyhawks left Mobile with another defeat.

B.J. Scott recorded 10 tackles and broke up two passes, Gabe Loper had seven and an interception, and Alex Page forced and recovered a fumble to help lead the Jaguars to a 33-30 victory over UTM at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Kendall Houston posted a game-high 85 yards and two touchdowns while C.J. Bennett threw for 179 yards as the Jags scored 27 points in the second and third quarters to improve to 4-2 on the season.  Quentin Sims scored three times on passes from Derek Carr, but it was not enough to prevent the Skyhawks from falling to 3-3.

“Our guys were really physically and mentally ready to play, and I thought we had a great game plan.  The coaching staff did a great job — offensively, defensively and special teams,” said Jaguar head coach Joey Jones.  “We played really good football for three quarters.  Had we not done that, we would have lost the ball game.  There were a lot of positives in this game, so I was real proud of the way we came out ready to play.

“When we are ready to play, we’re a good football team."

Jake Johnson was credited with six stops, while Logan Bennett and Charles Harris each posted five tackles.  In holding the Skyhawks to their lowest output of the season — the fewest yards UTM had gained entering play was 434 — USA surrendered just 64 yards in the first half and 144 through three quarters.

Houston’s two scores marked the first time since a season-opening victory over West Alabama that he has recorded multiple touchdowns, while it was the first occasion since the Jags’ contest at North Carolina State that he has paced the team in rushing after he carried the ball 16 times on the day.  Demetre Baker added 51 yards on 12 attempts, while Bennett was 12-of-19 passing.  Besteda led the Jaguars with three catches for 64 yards, while Lamontis Gardner added three receptions for 40.  Kevin Helms and Jones also posted multiple catches as USA finished with 325 yards of total offense also.

Carr finished 18-of-32 passing for 177 yards, with Sims catching six passes for 78 yards.  Stephen Shiver paced the Skyhawks with 96 yards on seven receptions.

Ben Johnson’s 11 tackles led all players, with TR Drakeford recording nine stops and Jonathan Utley eight for UTM.

“That is a really good football team,” Jones explained.  “After the first three quarters, people watching might not have thought so because we were playing so well.  But you saw what they could do in the fourth quarter.  They are very well-coached and they never quit.”

It’s the fifth straight game that Baker has reached the end zone, the second-longest streak in school history.

The Jaguars’ 38 minutes and two seconds of possession time in the contest were the most in the program’s two-plus season of competition, while the offense also scored on all six trips to the red zone.  The USA defense held the Skyhawks to just 2-of-11 third-down conversions as well.

USA will play its final road contest of 2011 Saturday when the Jaguars and Georgia State kick off at 2 p.m. Central in Atlanta.