Sun Belt football was 2-7 over the weekend, with the highlight being FIU improving to 3-0 with a win over UCF of C-USA.  The number of losses are largely the result of road games against BCS schools.

Panthers Move to 3-0 After 17-10 Win Over UCF
With star receiver T.Y. Hilton having to leave the game in the second quarter due to an injury, FIU's defense stepped up and held UCF's Jeff Godfrey to just 41 yards rushing and sacked him six times. The biggest play of the contest came with just six seconds to go in the first half when Tevin Blanchard sacked Godfrey and forced a fumble that Isame Faciane returned 51 yards to tie the score at seven.

On offense, Kedrick Rhodes led the way for the Panthers with 90 rushing yards on 16 carries. Wes Carroll completed 15-of-29 pass attempts for 126 yards.

Defensively, Jordan Hunt led the way with 11 tackles, and Winston Fraser added 10, including a pair of sacks.

Up next for FIU is a home matchup with Sun Belt foe Louisiana on Saturday, Sept. 24. The game is set for 6 p.m.

Louisiana Overcomes Nicholls 38-21
Louisiana delivered head coach Mark Hudspeth a victory in his Cajun Field debut Saturday evening as the Ragin' Cajuns downed Nicholls State 38-21 in front of 28,741. The attendance, the eighth largest in Cajun Field history, witnessed Louisiana improve to 2-1 through three games for only the third time since 1990.

Blaine Gautier, who completed three passes for 78 yards, engineered a pair of fourth quarter scores that helped the Cajuns put away the Colonels (1-2).

Alonzo Harris led the Cajuns with 76 yards rushing, Gautier added 36 and Qyendarius Griffin 28. The Cajuns ended the night with 170 yards rushing - the third consecutive game with 100-plus gained on the ground.

Louisiana opens Sun Belt Conference play next weekend at FIU. The Cajuns and Panthers kick off at 5 p.m. (CT) at FIU Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Arkansas State Falls at No. 13 Virginia Tech, 26-7
The Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-2) jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead against Virginia Tech, but the 13th-ranked Hokies (3-0) responded with 23 first-half points and went on to defeat ASU 26-7 Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

Ryan Aplin completed 16-of-36 passes for 205 yards and added 29 rushing yards and a touchdown to lead ASU with 234 yards of total offense. Six of Aplin’s passes went to wide receiver Dwayne Frampton, who totaled 59 receiving yards. Wideout Josh Jarboe added four catches for 38 yards and Stockemer logged three catches for a team-high 77 yards.

Linebacker Nathan Herrold and safety Kelcie McCray led the A-State defense with 10 tackles each, with each making five solo stops. Eight players notched tackles behind the line of scrimmage, led by linebacker Najel Byrd with two tackles-for-loss. Cornerbacks Darryl Feemster and Darron Edwards both intercepted passes in the game for the Red Wolves.

Arkansas State will return to action Sept. 24 when it hosts Central Arkansas in a 7:00 p.m. game at ASU Stadium.

ULM Loses to #23  TCU 38-17
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - ULM jumped out to an early first quarter lead over No. 23 TCU, but the Horned Frogs rallied with 24-unanswered points to defeat the Warhawks 38-17 Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Receiver Brent Leonard finished the game with a career-high 13 catches for 92 yards; his 13 receptions are the second most in ULM history just three behind Jackie Harris' school record of 16 set in 1988. Kolton Browning finished 24-of-37 for 194 yards. The sophomore moved into eighth spot on the career completions list (284), ninth on the career total offense list (3,402) and 10th on the career touchdown passes list (20).

The Warhawks return to action on Sept. 24 at Iowa. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 11 a.m. and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.