Around the Belt

The first week of Sun Belt action was, well...about as expected. Here's a look at how our conference mates fared over the weekend.

Around the Sunbelt

MTSU (0-1) lost at Alabama 39-34. MTSU is staking its claim as the class of the conference. The Raiders were down 22-0 in the first quarter and almost pulled out the upset. They went 6-6 in the redzone and posted 385 yards of total offense. First year starter Andrico Hines went 16 of 24 for 164 yards and one pick. Hicks ran for 42 yards on 11 carries.
NEXT: At Tennessee.

NMSU (0-1) lost at South Carolina 34-24. The Aggies posted a gutsy performance and were down to the Game Cocks at the end of the 3rd quarter by just 3 points (20-17) in this tough opening weekend loss. They ended up having more yards of total offense, led in time of possession, and although they are typically a running team, threw an uncharacteristic 28 passes on the night for 207 yards (212 yards rushing). Sophomore QB Buck Pierce was named SBC offensive player of the week.
NEXT: At California.

UNT (0-1) lost at Texas 27-0. The Longhorns scored all their points in the first half, and punted on every possession in the second half. Texas QB Chris Simms was sacked 8 times on the night. UNT passing stats were 6-19 for 55 yards…that's not a misprint. Returning starter Scott Hall was pulled in the 4th quarter after going 4-13 for 35 yards. He was replaced with redshirt freshman Andrew Smith who went 2-6 for 20 yards. They also had just 90 net yards rushing on the night for 145 yards total offense. Ouch.
NEXT: Home against Nichols State.

UL-L (0-1) lost at Texas A&M 31-7. The Texas A&M Aggies forced a Big-12 record 10 turnovers (including another Big-12 record 6 interceptions in a single game) to route the Cajuns in College Station, Texas.
NEXT: Home against Minnesota.

UL-M (0-1) lost at Ole Miss 31-3. Was never even close.
NEXT: At Kansas State.

ASU (0-2) lost at home to San Jose State 33-14. ASU jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, but couldn't keep it going. The Indians went 17 of 35 passing on the night for 185 yards. They added 85 yards rushing.
NEXT: Home against Tulsa.

Idaho's Non-Conference Foes

Boise State (1-0), beat Idaho 38-21. NEXT: At Arkansas
WSU (1-0), beat Nevada 31-7. NEXT: Idaho
Oregon (1-0), beat Miss State 36-13. NEXT: Fresno State
SDSU (0-1), lost at Fresno State 19-16. NEXT: At Colorado
UW (0-1), lost at Michigan 31-29. NEXT: San Jose State
Montana (1-0), beat Hofstra 37-0. NEXT: Albany (NY)

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