Arkansas State visits #25 Troy Thursday.... (2016-11-14 18:39:52)

NEW ORLEANS - Troy made school and Sun Belt Conference history Sunday as the Trojans cracked the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the first time ever. Winners of seven straight games, Troy is ranked No. 25 in this week’s AP Top 25.

Troy is home to the nation’s fourth-longest winning streak and is off to its best start as an FBS program. The Trojans’ lone loss of the season came by six points, 30-24, at Clemson back on Sept. 10.

The Trojans return to Veterans Memorial Stadium for the final time this season as the No. 25 Trojans play host to Arkansas State in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPNU. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Thursday’s game between the Red Wolves and Trojans marks the latest date in a calendar year that two teams undefeated in Sun Belt Conference action have ever played each other. The game will also be the first ever between two Sun Belt teams that both hold a 5-0 or better record in league play. Arkansas State stands 5-0 in Sun Belt Conference play for the second consecutive season and third time in school history (2016, 2015, 2011).

Elsewhere, Appalachian State will look to bounce-back from the loss at Troy when they host UL Monroe. The loss to Troy was App. State’s first Sun Belt loss since Nov. 5, 2015 - ending an eight game conference win streak. Winners of their last two games, UL Monroe has pulled their record to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

In-state rivals Georgia Southern and Georgia State will face-off in the Georgia DomeSaturday afternoon. Both teams will be looking to halt three game losing streaks.

Out of conference, UL Lafayette heads to Athens, Ga. to face the Georgia Bulldogs and South Alabama hosts the Presbyterian College Blue Hose.

Upcoming Schedule

Thursday, November 17
* Arkansas State at #25 Troy - 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, November 19
UL Lafayette at Georgia - 12 noon. (SEC Network)
* Georgia Southern at Georgia State – 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
* UL Monroe at Appalachian State – 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
* Texas State at New Mexico State – 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Presbyterian College at South Alabama – 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

* denotes Sun Belt Conference game
All times Eastern (ET) and subject to change

Recent Results

Thursday, November 10
* UL Lafayette 33, Georgia Southern 26 - 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, November 12
* UL Monroe 37, Georgia State 23 – 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
* Arkansas State 41, New Mexico State 22 – 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
* Troy 28, Appalachian State 24 – 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
* Idaho 47, Texas State 14 – 3 p.m. (ESPN3/Texas State Sport Properties Production)

Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week

Thomas Koufie (UL Monroe, So., RB, Kinesiology)
Sophomore running back Thomas Koufie became the first player in ULM program history to rush for five touchdowns in a single game on Saturday afternoon as the Warhawks won their first road game in nearly two years with a 37-23 victory over Georgia State inside the Georgia Dome. Koufie notched 201 yards rushing on 31 carries, as the ULM running back group combined for 264 yards on 54 carries. Koufie becomes the first ULM running back in program history with five rushing touchdowns. The last time a running back had recorded four touchdowns in a game was Marquis Williams against UL Lafayette on Oct. 25, 1997. Koufie finished with 201 rushing yards, becoming the first ULM running back with 200+ rushing yards since Irving Spikes (231 yards – Nov. 20, 1993 vs Idaho), and his 201 yards is now the sixth-most in a single game in program history, and the first over 200 yards since the 1993 season. ULM recorded its first road victory since Nov. 22, 2014 at New Mexico State (30-17 win) with the victory over Georgia State. Koufie’s career day came on the same field as ULM running back coach Alan Ricard’s first NFL touchdown – a 19-yard touchdown run for the Baltimore Ravens against the Atlanta Falcons on November 3, 2002.

Defensive Player of the Week

Money Hunter (Arkansas State, Sr., DB, Communication Studies)
Senior safety Money Hunter became the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in career interception returns for a touchdown, collecting his fourth during Arkansas State’s 41-22 victory over New Mexico State.  Hunter, who also recorded five tackles, a pass break-up and recovered a punt return fumble by the Aggies, picked off an NMSU pass with 10:12left in the first quarter and scored on a 46-yard return to give the Red Wolves a 13-0 lead.  He pushed his career interception return yards total to 268, which gave him the second most in Sun Belt history and the third most ever by an A-State player.  He is also now tied for the most pick-six’s in the nation among active players, while his 268 return yards are the sixth most among the same group.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Sr., P/K, Exercise Science and Health)
Rehkow, a Lou Groza Award semifinalist, was good on all six of his PAT kicks as well as his long field goal attempt – a 25-yarder that gave Idaho a 31-14 lead heading into halftime of the Vandals’ victory at Texas State. He also doubles as Idaho’s punter and averaged 42.5 yards on four kicks with a long of 51. He is the nation’s leader in field goals per game (2.25) and is eighth in field goal percentage (.917 – second in the Sun Belt). He also is second in the Sun Belt in punting average at 43.2 yards per kick. He also kicks off for the Vandals.

Sun Belt News and Notes

Sun Belt Membership
The Sun Belt’s 11-school football membership includes Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Idaho, UL Lafayette, UL Monroe, New Mexico State, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy. Little Rock and UT Arlington compete in all sports as non-football members while Idaho and New Mexico State are football-only members. Coastal Carolina official entered the league on July 1, 2016 and currently competes as an all-sport member. The CCU football program will begin Sun Belt play in 2017.

Sun Belt Bowl Partners
In 2001, the Sun Belt Conference began sponsoring football and created the inaugural New Orleans bowl in December of that year. The conference now stands as one of the 10 premier college football leagues in the country.

As part of the College Football Playoff a worthy football team in the Sun Belt can be in the national championship picture, and the league is a permanent part of the “Group of Five” conferences (joining the American Athletic Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA) that sends its highest-rated champion to a premier January 1st bowl game.

In the last three years the Sun Belt Conference has gone from having two primary bowl partnerships to five in 2016. From 2001 to 2009 the Sun Belt Conference had only one bowl partner.

College Football Playoff
Opportunity to select Sun Belt Champion for one of six bowls or CFP semifinals

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
First Selection (vs. CUSA)

Dollar General Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)
Second Selection (vs. MAC)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.)
Third Selection (vs. MAC)

AutoNation Cure Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Fourth Selection (vs. American)

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl (Tucson, Ariz.)
Fifth Selection (vs. Mountain West)

Sun Belt Conference Championship Game
The Sun Belt Conference will hold its first ever football championship game as the league’s presidents and chancellors, as well as athletic directors, voted unanimously to play the game beginning in 2018. The addition of Coastal Carolina and the decision to move forward as a 10-team football league, along with the NCAA Division I Council’s new rules on championship games, means that the championship game has become a reality.

The Sun Belt Conference Experience
For student-athletes, Sun Belt institutions are leaders in providing career services and the tools to assist in the pursuit of personal goals. Sun Belt members all employ full-time academic advisors and have on average more than 20 tutors for academic support. During the 2015-16 academic year, Sun Belt member institutions awarded over $50 million in scholarships to more than 3,100 student-athletes, while also providing life experiences such as team building, domestic and foreign travel, community service, mentoring, and recognition through honors and awards. The Sun Belt’s commitment to academic excellence remains a hallmark, with the league and its institutions annually rewriting the Sun Belt record book for grade-point averages and academic honors. This past spring, a record-tying 14 league programs were recognized for outstanding performance in the classroom, with those teams earning NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting APR scores in the top 10 percent of their sport nationally. It was the second straight year for the Sun Belt to have 14 programs honored, doubling the amount of the previous years.

Team News and Notes

Appalachian State Mountaineers
App State (7-3, 5-1) lost for the first time since Sept. 17 on Troy’s touchdown with just over a minute to play, 28-24, on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Troy converted a 4th-and-6 with 90 seconds remaining to set up the winning score.

The loss was the first for App State on the road since September of 2014. The Mountaineers streak of consecutive conference road wins was snapped at nine.

App continues to lead the Sun Belt in Scoring Defense (11th nationally, 18.0 ppg), Total Defense (16th Nat., 331.1 ypg), and is second in Rushing Defense (14th nationally, 113.7)

Running back Marcus Cox has 4,667 career rushing yards and needs 138 yards to pass Kevin Richardson (4,804, 04-08) to become App’s all-time career rushing leader.

RB Jalin Moore had two rushing touchdowns and 90 yards in Saturday’s loss. He continues to lead the Sun Belt with 1,121 rushing yards and has nine rushing TDs.

Quarterback Taylor Lamb is second on App’s career list for touchdown passes, tied with Richie Williams at 59. Lamb did not have a TD pass on Saturday.

App is No. 2 nationally in passes intercepted. The Mountaineers had their second defensive touchdown of the season on Saturday as A.J. Howard stripped a bobbled pass away from a Troy receiver and raced 71 yards for a touchdown.

CB Clifton Duck is fifth nationally in interceptions with five, while CB Mondo Williams and Eric Bogga are both 43rd with three each.

App hosts UL Monroe on Saturday for Senior Day. RB Marcus Cox, LB John Law, LB Kennan Gilchrist, OL Parker Collins, DB Alex Gray, DB Mondo Williams, and Punter Bentlee Critcher are among the seniors who will be honored before the 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Arkansas State Red Wolves
The only two remaining undefeated teams in Sun Belt Conference play, Arkansas State and Troy will meet Thursday night in a showdown for first place in the league standings . . . Arkansas State is set to play Troy for the 11th time as Sun Belt Conference opponents and 14th time overall in the series that dates back to 1951, but also find the Trojans on their schedule for the first time since 2013 . . . The Red Wolves lead the all-time series 8-5 and have won the last three meetings (2011-13) . . . The Red Wolves will carry a 14-game conference winning streak into the contest, while the Trojans have won their last seven overall games . . . While A-State has won 17 of its last 20 conference road games, Troy is undefeated at home this season with a 5-0 record at Veterans Memorial Stadium . . . Thursday’s game marks the latest date in a calendar year two teams undefeated in Sun Belt Conference action have ever played each other . . . The game will also be the first ever between two Sun Belt teams that both hold a 5-0 or better record in league play . . . Arkansas State stands 5-0 in Sun Belt Conference play for the second consecutive season and third time in school history (2016, 2015, 2011) . . . A-State holds an 18-3 record in November since the 2011 season and has won six consecutive games in the month . . . The Red Wolves are 38-6 over their last 44 league games . . . Arkansas State holds a winning record after nine games for the sixth consecutive year . . . With a 4-2 mark at home this year, Arkansas State has secured a winning record at Centennial Bank Stadium for the 12th straight season . . . The Red Wolves need one more victory to become bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive year and ninth time over the last 12 seasons . . . A-State has recorded a non-offensive touchdown in three of its last four games (two defensive and one special teams) . . . Sophomore quarterback Justice Hansen has completed multiple touchdown passes in four of the last six games and thrown for over 200 yards the last three in a row . . . Junior defensive end Ja’Von Rolland-Jones has 25 career sacks and needs only one more to tie the Sun Belt Conference record . . . With a pick-six versus NMSU last game to give him four for his career, Money Hunter became the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in career interception returns for a touchdown.

Georgia Southern Eagles
Despite their proximity Georgia Southern and Georgia State have met just twice before with the Eagles winning 69-31 in 2014 in Atlanta and the Pathers winning 34-7 last season in Statesboro.
Southern vs. State Rivalry Series

The Georgia Southern Eagles and the Georgia State Panthers go head-to-head inSaturday’s football game at the Georgia Dome for a “W” in the Sun Belt Conference and two points added to the winning team’s current standing in the Georgia Southern/Georgia State Rivalry Series. Georgia State currently leads the rivalry 3-2 and two points are up for grab Saturday.
Georgia on Our Minds

Saturday’s contest at Georgia State is the sixth of seven games in the state of Georgia for the Eagles this season, where they are 2-2 so far.

Georgia Southern is 23-11-1 in the modern era against teams from the state of Georgia.

This will be Georgia Southern’s fifth game played all-time in the Atlanta Metro area during the modern era. Georgia Southern is 2-2 in those games, beating Georgia State in 2014 and Middle Tennessee in 1995 and falling twice to Georgia Tech.
Dome Sweet Dome

Georgia Southern is 10-7 all-time when the roof is over its head as it will be Saturday in the Georgia Dome. The Eagles are 2-0 all-time in the Georgia Dome.

Senior kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 54-yard field goal at the end of the first half at Ole Miss to break his streak of made field goals at 14. His 14 straight makes is a school record for consecutive field goals made in a season over previous record-holder Tim Foley’s (12 set in 1985). Koo has four makes of 40 yards or more, including a 53-yarder at Arkansas State. For his career, he has eight made field goals of 40 yards or longer. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist is 18 for 19 on the season.

Georgia State Panthers
Receivers coach Tim Lappano will serve as Georgia State’s interim head coach for the remainder of the season. He joined the GSU staff in 2014 after five seasons with the Detroit Lions, coaching tight ends and then wide receivers, and also coached with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. His previous college experience includes stops at Power 5 programs Washington, Oregon State, California, Washington State and Purdue.

Already Georgia State’s career leader in receptions (209), Robert Davis broke the GSU record for career receiving yards. Davis had 114 yards vs. ULM to raise his career total to 3,203 as he surpassed Albert Wilson (3,190).

Davis now ranks second in Sun Belt Conference history with 3,203 career receiving yards, trailing only T.Y. Hilton of FIU (3,531). Davis is tied for fifth in receptions with 209.

Among active FBS players, Davis ranks eighth in receiving yards and 13th in receptions.

Davis has caught at least one pass in 47 straight games, the longest active streak in FBS.

Davis’ 16 career touchdown receptions have covered an average of 40.1 yards.

Conner Manning passed for a career-high 422 yards on just 19 completions vs. ULM. That is the second-highest single-game total in school history, bettered only by Nick Arbuckle’s record of 471.

Georgia State had three 100-yard receivers in the same game for the first time in school history vs. ULM: Glenn Smith (4-123), Robert Davis (5-114), Jawan Nobles (5-103).

Sophomore linebacker Michael Shaw tied the GSU record with four tackles for loss vs. ULM.

Idaho Vandals
Idaho’s victory at Texas State last Saturday night was another total team effort but, often, the defense stood out. The Vandals, with eight tackles for loss totaling 41 yards (four were sacks for -29), had the Bobcats in retreat with a total -18 rushing yards – an historic best for Idaho.

Errant snaps from center led to some of the lost yardage but Texas State’s leading rusher (Stedman Mayberry) still managed just 29 total yards and he was caught for a loss once. Since 1999, the Vandal defense has limited opponents to less than 50 rushing yards 10 times and to fewer than 100 39 times. The -18 yards was the fewest since they yielded just 15 to the University of Hawai`i in 2011. Third on the list is 22 to Montana State in 2000.
Certainly the offense did its part with Matt Linehan completing 78.8 percent of his passes for his fifth-best career total yardage output of 336 yards. He added another 24 rushing for 360 yards total offense. Isaiah Saunders had his second successive game of more than 100 all-purpose yards with 89 rushing and 14 passing for a total 103.

And, making his offensive debut, was defensive tackle Tueni Lupeamanu who scored twice on one-yard plunges as the Vandals had their second-highest point total of the season and their second-best total yardage game this year. Their 47 points were the 13th best as an FBS team (since 1996).

Austin Rehkow’s six point-after kicks and one field goal enabled him to keep the Sun Belt scoring lead (18th nationally). He leads the league with 92 total points (16th among FBS players). His 22 field goals this season (he had a 25-yarder at Texas State) enabled him to keep the NCAA lead in field goals per game at 2.2. His 91.7 percent accuracy rate is second in the league and eighth nationally and his punting average of 43.2 yards per kick is second in the conference and 29th nationally.

Linehan took the Sun Belt lead in total passing yards with 2,446 with two games to play. That’s 36th nationally. He is third in yards per attempt (7.39), and fourth in passing yards per game (244.6) and completion percentage (.616).

UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will step out of Sun Belt Conference play on Saturday, Nov. 19 when it travels to Athens, Ga., to face SEC opponent Georgia in an 11 a.m. CSTcontest at Sanford Stadium.

The game will be televised by SEC Network Alternate.

UL Lafayette (4-5) makes its second venture to the Peach State in nine days after recording a 33-26 victory at Georgia Southern on Nov. 10. Anthony Jennings completed 17 of 26 passes for 210 yards while rushing for a season-high 96 yards on nine carries as the Ragin’ Cajuns evened its road record at 2-2.

Elijah McGuire scored on a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter to record his school-record 50th career TD, moving past Tyrell Fenroy (49, 2005-08). McGuire also caught a team-high six passes as UL Lafayette recorded 482 yards of total offense, its second-best mark of the season, including 224 on the ground.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Dion Ray saw his most significant action of the season for UL Lafayette, rushing eight times for 71 yards and a touchdown. His 16-yard TD run in the second quarter capped an 11-play drive and gave the Ragin’ Cajuns a 14-6 lead.

Al Riles caught five passes for 81 yards, extending his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 25. The senior also threw a 48-yard TD pass to Keenan Barnes in the third quarter that gave UL Lafayette a 31-13 lead.

UL Monroe Warhawks
Sophomore running back Thomas Koufie became the first player in ULM program history to rush for five touchdowns in a single game last Saturday afternoon as the Warhawks won their first road game in nearly two years with a 37-23 victory over Georgia State. Koufie notched 201 yards rushing on 31 carries, becoming the first ULM running back with 200+ rushing yards since Irving Spikes (231 yards – Nov. 20, 1993 vs Idaho), and his 201 yards is now the sixth-most in a single game in program history, and the first over 200 yards since the 1993 season. Koufie became the first ULM running back in program history with five rushing touchdowns. The last time a running back had recorded four touchdowns in a game was Marquis Williams against UL Lafayette on Oct. 25, 1997. Koufie was recognized for his efforts by ESPN, who gave him a #HondaHelmetSticker on its College Football Final show Saturday night. He becomes the third Warhawk to receive the ESPN helmet sticker, joining Quentez Secka (following the 2007 Alabama win) and Kolton Browning (after the 2012 Arkansas win).

ULM finished with 457 total offensive yards in the win over Georgia State, its fifth game this season with over 400 yards of offense and first game on the road with over 400 yards. It was the second week in a row the Warhawk offense was over 450 total yards after amassing 460 yards in the win over South Alabama.

Defensively, ULM held Georgia State to just 42 total rushing yards - the least a Warhawk defense has allowed since giving up just 81 yards against Troy in Sept. 2014, and it was the first time ULM has held an opponent under 50 yards rushing since holding Wake Forest to -3 yards in the 2014 season opener.

ULM recorded its first road victory since Nov. 22, 2014 at New Mexico State (30-17 win) with the victory over Georgia State.

Since 2011, the Warhawks are now 21-5 in games scoring 28 or more points (5th time this season they have hit that mark).

New Mexico State Aggies
Rodney Butler remains the nation’s leading tackler with 14.2 tackles per game (128 Total) and 13th in solo tackles with 5.8 per game (52 total)

Rose III moved into sixth all-time for career all-purpose yards after the first half, passing Jim Bohl (3,726 yards). The junior finished with 207 all-purpose yards to bring his career total to 3,871 yards.

Tyler Rogers moved into fifth-place in touchdowns responsible for at NM State (45) with his last-second throw, passing Buck Pierce (44). After the one touchdown game, Rogers now sits one touchdown shy of K.C. Enzminger (1998-2001, 39) for fifth all-time in passing touchdowns. Rogers is also 22nd in total offense with 293.1 yards per game and also 19th in the country with 22.22 completions per game. His 266.9 passing yards per game is also good for 26th in the country.

Kourtland Busby recorded the first safety of his career in the third quarter.

Dalton Herrington set a career-high in total tackles with 16. Herrington is also 19th in the nation in total tackles with 9.6 tackles per game (86 total)

Jaden Wright moved to 16th in the country when he picked of A-State QB Justice Hansen for his fourth interception of the season.

South Alabama Jaguars
The Jaguars play host to Presbyterian in the last of four non-conference contests on a day they were originally scheduled to face Louisiana State in Baton Rouge. LSU exercised its option to cancel the game in order to reschedule its match-up with Florida — the Gators were originally slated to face the Blue Hose in Gainesville Saturday — due to Hurricane Matthew. ... USA is looking to go undefeated outside of Sun Belt Conference competition for the first time since joining the league in 2012, having already defeated Mississippi State, Nicholls and San Diego State the first five weeks of the campaign. ... The Jags defeated the only other Big South Conference team to visit Ladd-Peebles Stadium after opening the 2015 season with a 33-23 victory over Gardner-Webb. ... This will mark the first time USA plays host to an institution from South Carolina; the Jaguars’ only previous match-up with a Palmetto State opponent was a 37-12 loss at South Carolina on Nov. 22, 2014. … For the second time in four contests, junior Darrell Songy posted a double-figure tackle total after finishing with 11 against ULM — that was also the last time the Jaguars had three individuals record 10-plus stops in the same outing. One of Songy’s tackles was an assist behind the line of scrimmage, marking the first time this fall he has made a stop for loss in back-to-back games. … CB Jeremy Reaves intercepted a pass on the Warhawks’ final offensive play in regulation, running it back 36 yards to set up a game-winning field-goal attempt that was blocked, and he also broke up another pass to go along with eight stops in the game. It was the junior’s third pick and sixth pass defensed of the season as he set a new career-high in the former category and matched one in the latter. Reaves is now one shy of tying the standard on the school’s all-time list for both with five interceptions and 13 passes broken up in 34 career appearances. … Tyrone Williams had a career-long 38-yard reception on the Jaguars’ next-to-last drive of the final quarter, ending the night with a career-best 67 yards on four catches. After hauling in multiple balls in each of USA’s first four games, it marked the second time the senior has accomplished the feat since the start of October. … The Jaguars had 516 yards of total offense against the Warhawks, the most the unit has posted since recording 582 in a win at Appalachian State on Oct. 4, 2014. Despite the output, it marked just the second time in program history — the first was on Oct. 5, 2013, at Troy — that South has fallen with 500 or more total yards from scrimmage. … South has finished with 30 or more minutes time of possession in each of its four victories this fall, going 0-4 when losing the time of possession battle. After holding the ball for nine minutes and five seconds — scoring on both of its possessions — in the third quarter at ULM, the Jaguar offense was on the field for less than five-and-a-half minutes in the final period before ending the contest with just over 29 minutes time of possession.

Texas State Bobcats
Redshirt freshman Bryan London recorded a league-high 13 solo tackles against Idaho. London’s 13 solo stops also was the fifth-highest, single-game total in the nation this season. His 13 solo tackles and six assists gave him a career-high 19 total tackles against the Vandals.

Bryan London’s 19 tackles are the third-highest total in the nation and makes him one of only two Sun Belt players to record 19 tackles in a game this season. His 19 total tackles also are the most tackles by a Bobcat player since David Mayo recorded 22 at ULM in 2014. In addition, his 19 tackles move him into fourth place among the nation’s tackling leaders this season with a total of 102 stops.

London has recorded a combined 52 tackles in the last four games and he has recorded 10 or more tackles in seven of Texas State’s nine games this season. London tallied a game-high 10 tackles at Appalachian State, 10 tackles against UL Lafayette after collecting a career-high and game-high 13 tackles at ULM. He began this season with 12 tackles at Ohio, and had 11 stops against Houston, and 10 tackles at Arkansas.

Gabe Loyd also recorded 11 tackles and became the first Bobcat this season to record two sacks in a game. He leads the Bobcats with 2.0 sacks for a loss of eight yards this season after logging both against the Vandals. His 11 tackles against Idaho gives Loyd 41 stops in the last four games. He tallied nine tackles at Appalachian State and against UL Lafayette after recording a career-best 12 tackles at ULM. He has logged double digit tackles in three times this season with the other game being his Bobcat debut at Ohio.

Texas State leads the nation in blocked kicks with six blocked kicks after Anthony D. Taylor blocked his third punt against Idaho. Taylor leads the nation individually and the Bobcats are tied nationally with three blocked punts. Ishmael Davis is tied for fourth place nationally with two blocked kicks this season. Jordan Eastling has Texas State’s other blocked kick.

Troy Trojans
Troy is ranked 25th in this week’s Associated Press Poll for the first time in school history; the Trojans are the first team from the Sun Belt Conference to be ranked in either the AP or Coaches Poll … Troy is the first team in Sun Belt history to open the season 8-1 … Neal Brown is the fourth-youngest head coach at the FBS level. Brown turned 36 on March 11 ... only Memphis’ Mike Norvell, Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck and Georgia Southern’s Tyson Summers are younger … The game between Troy and Arkansas State marks the first time that two Sun Belt schools with perfect league records of at least 5-0 have ever met in a game … Troy became just the second team to hold both of App State’s running backs (Jalin Moore & Marcus Cox) under 100 yards [Miami, Fla.] ... the pair had 10 combined 100-yard games entering their contest with Troy … The Trojans are 60-20 at home since moving to the FBS level in 2001 … Troy has scored 50+ points in five games under Neal Brown (21 overall games); the Trojans had done so just once in the previous 66 games … Troy has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing five times this season, which is the tied for the third most in Troy’s FBS history … Troy’s two-minute offense has converted points on 3-of-5 drives (60 percent); the national average is 15.9 percent … Troy has won five straight home games for the first time since the 2012-13 seasons when the Trojans also won five straight home contests. Troy won 13 straight home games from 2008-10 … Neal Brown coached offenses -- OC at Troy, Texas Tech and Kentucky & HC at Troy -- have never been shutout ... a span of 109 games … Troy has adopted the motto #RebuildTheWall. The saying is crafted from Greek mythology and the Iliad. The city of Troy had a mighty wall that surrounded the city before it was eventually destroyed thanks to the Trojan Horse … Troy Football built a wall around the Sun Belt with five straight league titles (2006-10) & is now looking to #RebuildTheWall under Neal Brown … Troy has worn a different uniform combination in all nine of its games this season … The crowd of 25,782 to watch Troy beat App State was the largest to watch a SBC game in Veterans Memorial Stadium history and the fifth largest overall … The Troy defense is averaging 3.6 sacks in its five Sun Belt games this season; it is the sixth most in the country by a team in league games … Troy’s seven-game winning streak is the fourth longest nationally.