Appalachian State 21, Troy 10
If it wasn’t the Sun Belt Championship, it’s close. The Mountaineers got two touchdown passes to Corey Xavier Sutton and a touchdown run from Zac Thomas to take the East title, The defense did the rest, forcing four turnovers and stuffing the Trojans for just 232 yards. They’re both going bowling, but this was it, This was the chance to be the star of the Sun Belt, and the Troy offense that struggled to show up all season, didn’t.
Louisiana-Lafayette 31, ULM 28
The Ragin’ Cajuns are off to play Appalachian State for the Sun Belt title after ULM’s Craig Ford missed on a 36-yard field goal try that would’ve forced overtime. Andre Nunez threw three touchdown passes, and Trey Ragas ran for 115 yards, but Caleb Evans threw two touchdown passes and kept the Warhawks in the game up until the missed kick. Now, Louisiana isn’t just playing for the conference championship; it all but locked in a bowl bid with its seventh win. Even with six wins, ULM will need some help to go bowling – there probably won’t be enough open spots.
Arkansas State 33, Texas State 7
The Red Wolves got 276 yards and two touchdowns from Justice Hansen in the layup of a win – and now they’ll wait for their bowl game. Sluggish early on, ASU exploded in the second half for 21 third quarter points. Warren Wand ran for 145 yards and a touchdown, and the D held the Bobcats to just an Alec Harris touchdown run. TXST ran for 242 yards, but now they’re starting a new era with head coach Everett Withers being fired this week.
Georgia Southern 35, Georgia State 14
The Eagles aren’t going to the Sun Belt title game, but they won their ninth game, they’re going bowling, and the rolled over their rival. The Georgia Southern ground game finished with 276 yards and two scores, with Shai Werts running for 75 yards and a score, and throwing two touchdown passes. Wesley Fields led the way with 151 yards and a score. The Panthers were never in it, closing out its clunker of a season with nothing happening until getting 14 fourth quarter points.
South Alabama 31, Coastal Carolina 28
A late rally fell short, as Coastal Carolina needed this win to get to six and bowl eligibility. Instead, the defense couldn’t stop Jamarius Way – who caught three touchdown passes – and the O couldn’t get past a 24-7 halftime deficit. It was tough first year at USA under Steve Campbell, but he got the third win, and he and his team ruined the Chanticleer season.