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Georgia Southern won its first ever Sun Belt Conference championship with a 22-16 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. The Eagles are one of only three teams (Florida State and Ohio State) to go undefeated in conference play this season.

Georgia Southern became the first team in their first year of Sun Belt Conference membership, other than the league's initial year in 2001, to win a title. It is the first undefeated conference season in the Sun Belt since 2011 and the first-ever undefeated league record by a team in its first year of FBS participation.

""We've got a bunch of I-AA players and a I-AA coach," GSU coach WIllie Fritz said. "We don't have any players who were recruited by a division I-A program. This was the only Division I-A program to recruit me."

This past weekend's winners Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas State all won by wide margins. Of those four teams, the lowest scoring total was 42 points by ULL against Troy. Appalachian State notched 45 points against Idaho, Arkansas State scored 68 versus New Mexico State and Texas State put up 54 points against Georgia State.

Appalachian State closed the regular season with a 7-5 record in its first FBS campaign. Appalachian State finished with a 6-2 record in Sun Belt Conference play, good for a third-place finish in its first season in the league. After a 1-5 start, Appalachian State won its final six games of the regular season.

"I think it turned out to be a great season," ASU coach Scott Satterfield said. "If I were asked if I would take 7-5 at the beginning of the year, I would have said certainly. That would have been a great season for us. At times we have played as good as any team that has ever played here, especially the last couple weeks. This team exemplifies what this program is about, good things happen when you keep fighting. They will be remembered by how they finished."

Arkansas State had a record breaking day against the Aggies as the Red Wolves set a new Sun Belt Conference record for total offense in a game with 764 total yards. Arkansas State finished the regular season 7-5, securing its fourth consecutive season with a winning record.

Louisiana-Lafayette secured its fourth straight 8-4 regular-season record under coach Mark Hudspeth after posting a come-from-behind win against Troy. After allowing 342 yards of total offense and trailing 23-21 at halftime, the Ragin' Cajuns shut down the Trojan offense in the final 30 minutes yielding 52 yards and keeping Troy off the board.

Texas State's victory at Georgia State gives the Bobcats a winning record for just the first time since 2009 and ninth time in the last 32 seasons. The Bobcats were coached by Dennis Franchione during three of those seasons. They were also 6-5 in 1990 and 7-4 in 1991.

APPALACHIAN STATE (7-5, 6-2)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
OFF; Next TBD

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


QB Taylor Lamb, a freshman, finished the season with 2,381 passing yards to set a new school record for passing yards by a freshman. The previous record for passing yards by an Appalachian State freshman was 2,251, set by Armanti Edwards in 2006. Lamb broke the record on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tacoi Sumler in the second quarter of Saturday's 45-28 win over Idaho. In his final game of the 2014 regular season, Lamb threw for 223 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns on 13 of 20 passing.

RB Marcus Cox rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in Saturday's win over Idaho. The 100-yard game was his sixth in the last seven games, eighth of the season and 14th in 24-career games. He finished the season with 1,415 yards on the season and 2,665 for his career, which is on pace to shatter Appalachian State's career record of 4,804, held by Kevin Richardson (2004-07)

LB John Law John Law led all players with 14 tackles in Appalachian State's 45-28 win over Idaho. His 14 stops were tied for the third-most of his career. No other player in the Appalachian State-Idaho game had more than nine tackles.



ARKANSAS STATE (7-5, 5-3)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
OFF; Next TBD

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


DE Ja'Von Rolland-Jones has been a force during a breakout campaign for the Red Wolves' defense. The redshirt-freshman has a team-high 12 tackles for loss and a team-high eight sacks. Rolland-Jones has 30 total tackles to go along with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

RB Michael Gordon posted his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the past eight games. The junior totaled 143 yards on 18 carries and scored three times in the finale against New Mexico State. Gordon ended the regular season with 1,064 rushing yards despite only playing in 10 of 12 games and rushing for just 85 yards the first two weeks of the season.

QB Fredi Knighten recorded a career-high 449 yards total offense and was responsible for a career-tying record four touchdowns, leading Arkansas State to a Sun Belt Conference record 764 yards total offense in a 68-35 victory over New Mexico State. His 449 yards total offense were the most by a Sun Belt player this season and the second most in A-State history, falling just five yards shy of the school record. Knighten posted a career-best 153 rushing yards, averaging 10.2 yards per attempt while also scoring two rushing touchdowns. He also completed 15 of 21 passes for 296 yards and another two touchdowns through the air. Knighten had a 63-yard run that was the third longest by an A-State player this season, and he also recorded a 67-yard completion that was the second longest passing play by the Red Wolves this year.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN (9-3, 8-0)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
OFF; Next TBD

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


LB Edwin Jackson had a monster senior season for the Eagles. Jackson finished with a team-high 100 stops four for a loss to go along with an interception and a forced fumble. Jackson also led GSU in tackles as a junior with 93.

RB Matt Breida was held to a season-low 51 yards on 19 carries in the season finale against ULM. The sophomore's previous low was 60 yards in limited action during a blowout win against Savannah State on Sept. 6. Breida still finished the season with 1,485 yards to go along with 17 rushing touchdowns.

QB Kevin Ellison returned to his productive ways in the win against Louisiana-Monroe before leaving late in the contest with an injury. Ellison, a sophomore, ran for 104 yards and a score while also throwing for 136 yards on 8 of 19 passing. Ellison finished the year with 1,001 yards passing and 1,096 yards rushing.

GEORGIA STATE (1-10, 0-7)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
vs. Texas State, Saturday, 2 p.m. ET. Georgia State will try to break a 15-game Sun Belt Conference losing streak and 10-game losing streak overall when it welcomes Texas State to the Georgia Dome. The Bobcats broke a two-game losing streak and became eligible with a 45-27 win over Arkansas State on Nov. 20. Texas State won the 2013 matchup 24-17.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


LB Joseph Peterson is third in the Sun Belt with 9.7 tackles per game. He has led the Panthers in tackles each of his three seasons and is GSU's career leader with 265 tackles.

QB Nick Arbuckle broke nearly every school record for passing in a season and career. The junior from Camarillo, Calif., now holds the GSU season records for passing yards (3,283), touchdown passes (23), completions (259), total offense (3,293) and touchdown responsibility (25). He also has the career records for passing yards, touchdown passes and completions and is second in total offense by five yards. Arbuckle leads the Sun Belt in passing (273.6 yards per game, 16th in NCAA) and touchdown passes (23, 22nd NCAA) while ranking second in total offense (274.4).

S Tarris Batiste finished the season with 25 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss in the final two games. After two seasons, he ranks fourth in GSU history in tackles (163) and third in tackles for loss (15).

IDAHO (1-10, 1-6)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
vs. Appalachian, Saturday, 2 p.m. ET. Appalachian State will go for a sixth straight win when it welcomes in Idaho in the season finale for both teams. State started the year 1-5, but has reeled off six straight victories. Idaho has dropped three in a row and is coming off a bye week.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


QB Matt Linehan had the best season by a Vandal freshman in school history. His 2,540 yards are the best since Nate Enderle threw for 3,314 in 2010.

RB Elijhaa Penny, a junior college transfer who started to hit his stride as the season progressed, was third in the Sun Belt and 24th nationally in rushing touchdowns with 12. That is the most by a Vandal since DeMaundray Woolridge had 18 in 2009 and 13th best in school history.

WR Joshua McCain notched his sixth 100-plus game with 128 yards on seven catches Nov. 15. With 1,115 receiving yards, he is the first Vandal to surpass 1,000 yards since Max Komar in 2009. He has the most since Antonio Wilson went for 1,203 in 1996 and has moved into ninth on the single-season list. He leads the Sun Belt in all four categories. McCain is in just his ninth month of playing receiver after spending his entire career high school, junior college and his first year at Idaho as a quarterback.



LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (8-4, 7-1)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
OFF; Next TBD

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


QB Terrance Broadway finished his season strong. The senior threw for 142 yards and rushed for 78 and a touchdown last week against Troy. Broadway threw for more than 2,000 yards for the third straight season and rushed for more than 400 for the third year in a row. He has 71 touchdowns in a career that started at Houston.

RB Elijah McGuire rushed for 169 yards last week and became the fourth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. McGuire increased his season total to 1,165 yards, joining Brian Mitchell (1989), Michael Desormeaux (2007-08) and Tyrell Fenroy (2005-08) as the only players to rush for 1,000 yards.

DL Christian Ringo has 19 stops behind the line and 10 1/2 sacks as part of his 42 tackle total. He's also recovered two fumbles. A senior, Ringo made seven starts in 2012 as a sophomore and missed the entire 2013 season.

LOUISIANA-MONROE (4-8, 3-6)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
Season over

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


WR Rashon Ceasar finished the year as ULM's top receiver and will return as the team's top target in 2015. The junior caught 77 passes for 872 yards and now has 10 career TDs after grabbing one in the season finale at Georgia Southern. Ceaser has just over 2,000 receiving yards for his career.

QB Pete Thomas finished his final collegiate game 28 of 45 for 307 yards and two TD passes. The totals in Saturday's game at Georgia Southern put Thomas at the top of the single-season record books in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and total plays. ULM will likely turn the offense over to junior Brayle Brown in 2015.

DL Gerrand Johnson finished the 2014 campaign as ULM's leading tackler. The 6-foot, 280-pound Johnson made 93 tackles (12 1/2 for loss) and six sacks for the Warhawks.

NEW MEXICO STATE (2-10, 1-7)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
Season over

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


QB Tyler Rogers finished the season with 2,779 passing yards. The sophomore completed 61.5 percent of his passes and his four touchdowns in the finale at Arkansas State was a new career high. Rogers only had two games of less than 100 yards passing and only four games of less than 200 yards through the air.

RB Larry Rose III became the first freshman since 1995 to run for over 1,000 yards in a season after posting 137 yards in a 68-35 loss to Arkansas State Nov. 29 in Jonesboro, Ark. Rose III posted 1,102 yards on the year averaging 5.9 yards per rush. He was the first Aggie rusher to go for over 200 yards in a game since 2003 as he rushed for 229 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

LB Rodney Butler has had a breakout season for the Aggies after making just 39 stops as a freshman in 2013. Butler has a team-high 119 stops 7 1/2 for a loss to go along with an interception and two forced fumbles. Butler has played in 24 straight games since arriving in Las Cruces, N.M.

SOUTH ALABAMA (6-6, 5-3)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
OFF; Next TBD

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


WR Shavarez Smith tied a program record with two touchdown catches, giving him a season-record eight in 2014. The senior finished with six receptions for 80 yards, tying a program standard he set a year ago with 50 on the season, while he now owns the top two marks for receiving yards in a campaign with a team-high 714 in 2014.

QB Brandon Bridge threw a school-record four touchdown passes in the Jaguars' season finale against Navy, finishing 19 of 28 passing for 172 yards for a season-high-tying 67.9 completion percentage.

RB Terrance Timmons led the Jaguars with a career-best 124 yards on 15 attempts last week, which included a career-long 44-yard gain on USA's second touchdown drive after providing the team's initial points with a touchdown from four yards out. It was the second time in three outings that he has led the Jag rushing attack, as he has collected 276 of his 382 yards (72.3 percent) in November.

TEXAS STATE (7-5, 5-3)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
OFF; Next TBD

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


RB Robert Lowe caught his first touchdown reception of the season against Georgia State on a nine-yard reception from Tyler Jones. He has scored 13 touchdowns this season overall with 12 rushing TDs. Lowe rushed for 146 yards on 20 carries against the Panthers to mark the second straight week and third time this season that he has run for 140 or more yards. He began the season running for 150 yards against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and had a career-best 236 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries against Arkansas State.

QB Tyler Jones tallied 332 yards in total offense and was responsible for four of Texas State's six touchdowns to lead the Bobcats to a 54-31 victory over Georgia State and give the Bobcats their first winning season since 2009. Jones threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions while completing 26 of his 32 passes for a completion percentage of 81.25 percent. In addition, he rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. It marks the first time that he has rushed for more than one touchdown in a game throughout his career.

LB David Mayo is a candidate for the Sun Belt's defensive player of the year and continued to prove why after 12 games. Mayo has a team-high 147 stops 4 1/2 for loss. Mayo has also forced three fumbles to go along with 1 1/2 sacks. Mayo's 13.4 tackles per game ranks first in the nation.

TROY (3-9, 3-5)

THIS WEEK'S GAME:
Season over

PLAYERS TO WATCH:


QB Brandon Silvers, a redshirt-freshman, set an NCAA freshman record with a season completion percentage of 70.5 (191 of 271). The previous record was held by Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, who completed 237 of 341 passes in 2007. Silvers' completion rate of 70.5 percent ranks him first in Troy history in completion percentage

RB Jordan Chunn finished the season with 509 yards on the ground five fewer than he had all of 2013. Chunn now has 20 rushing touchdowns, the seventh most in Troy history. The sophomore averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2014.

WR Bryan Holmes will return as Troy's leading receiver in 2014. The junior caught 34 balls for 460 yards and will begin his senior season with 1,142 yards and 12 touchdowns in Troy's pass-happy offense.




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