Beating state rival Georgia Southern won’t make Georgia Tech’s season. Even so, it provided much-needed relief.
Justin Thomas was the difference in the matchup of spread-option offenses, running for two touchdowns and passing for another, and Georgia Tech (4-3) beat Georgia Southern (3-3) 35-24 on Saturday to end a three-game losing streak at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Troy 31, Georgia St. 21: Brandon Silvers threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as the Trojans (5-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) held off the Panthers at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Alabama.
Georgia State (1-5, 1-2) scored to close within 10 and was driving midway through the final quarter when Junior Gnonkonde sacked Conner Manning, causing a fumble. Troy’s Baron Poole fell on the loose ball to stop the Panthers.
UL-Monroe 40, Texas St. 34: Will Collins threw two touchdowns passes, Ben Luckett ran for two more scores and the Warhawks (2-4, 1-2) held on to beat the Bobcats (2-4, 0-2 Sun Belt) at Malone Stadium in Monroe, Louisiana.
Arkansas St. 17, So. Alabama 7: Chris Humes returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown, and the Red Wolves (2-4, 2-0 Sun Belt) held the Jaguars (3-2, 0-3) to 255 total yards in a home win at Centenial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
After a scoreless first quarter, South Alabama moved the ball to Arkansas State’s 41-yard line. Kevin Kutchera caught a pass from Cole Garvin, but the Red Wolves defense swarmed Kutchera, with Humes forcing the fumble and returning it for the touchdown with 12:50 left in the half.
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