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September 28, 2009Conference play is underway and three teams jumped out to 1-0 league records as Middle Tennessee, Troy, and ULM all notched a road win.
Which teams and players got the job done in week four? Who was disappointing?
GoMiddle.com reviews the weekend action with the Sun Belt wrap up.
TROY 30, ARKANSAS STATE 27- This one lived up to the hype as the Sun Belt's two preseason favorites battled it out to the bitter end Saturday in Jonesboro. The game went back and forth before Trojans quarterback Levi Brown hit Cornelius Williams on an eight yard touchdown pass to give Troy the go ahead score and a 30-27 road victory. The winning score was set up by an Arkansas State fumbled punted at its own 25 yard line.
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE
TROY QUARTERBACK LEVI BROWN- In what could be a pivotal game in the conference title race, Brown once again rose to the occasion and led his team to a crucial Sun Belt opening win over Arkansas State. The Trojans and Red Wolves were picked to finish first and second in the league and the win for Troy certainly gives it the inside track for another championship. Brown threw the winning touchdown pass to Cornelius Williams midway through the 4th quarter. The senior finished with 355 yards and two touchdowns.
BEST DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE
MIDDLE TENNESSEE SAFETY KEVIN BROWN- Brown had a monster day for the Blue Raiders defense. He intercepted two passes and accounted for six tackles in Middle Tennessee's 37-21 win over North Texas. Brown's first interception of the night came in the first quarter. He returned that pick 36 yards to the Mean Green six yard line to set up the Blue Raider offense for a touchdown. Brown increased his career interception total to five.
TEAM THAT MOST IMPRESSED
ULM- The Warhawks showed Sun Belt onlookers that they too have big plans of challenging for the postseason in 2009. ULM shocked Florida Atlantic and handed the Owls their third straight loss in a 27-25 win in Boca Raton. Warhawks quarterback Trey Revell provided the steady hand the team needed by throwing for more than 200 yards and picking up 48 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
TEAM THAT MOST DISAPPOINTED
FLORIDA ATLANTIC- FAU was expected to continue on its previous two seasons of unprecedented program success. The Owls have been riding high coming off back-to-back bowl wins, but the start to the 2009 season has been rocky as the Owls find themselves at 0-3 and 0-1 in Sun Belt action. Led by senior quarterback Rusty Smith, FAU dropped a heartbreaker at home Saturday to ULM, a team that was not expected to contend in preseason. The supposedly high powered Owls offense has struggled to put the football in the end zone. They are currently eighth in the Sun Belt in scoring offense, and managed just 25 points against ULM despite racking up nearly 500 yards of offense in the game.
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