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November 16, 2009

Week 11 wrap: MT, ULM close in on bowls

Middle Tennessee vastly improved its bowl chances and ULM became bowl eligible in an exciting weekend of Sun Belt action.

The Blue Raiders played perhaps their best half of the season to dispatch Louisiana-Lafayette and the Warhawks inched past winless WKU.

GoMiddle.com reviews all of the weekend action with the Sun Belt wrap up.

BEST GAME

ULM 21, WESTERN KENTUCKY 18- The Warhawks became bowl eligible for the first time in a wild 21-18 win over Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers fought as hard they could for ousted coach David Elson but were unable to snap an 18 game losing streak. ULM's Rodney Lovett ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 5:09 to play to give the Warhawks the go ahead score after WKU had led for much of the game.

BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE

FAU QUARTERBACK JEFF VANCAMP- The junior signal caller looked impressive in Florida Atlantic's 35-18 win over Arkansas State in Fort Lauderdale. It was only VanCamp's second career start after replacing veteran Rusty Smith who is sidelined with a season ending injury suffered against Middle Tennessee. VanCamp comleted 18 of 27 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Red Wolves. His performance gives plenty of reason to believe the future is bright for the Owls at quarterback.

BEST DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE

MT DEFENSIVE BACK JEREMY KELLEM- Kellem did what most teams have struggled to do all season. He sacked Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Chris Masson twice and forced a key Masson fumble in the Raiders' 34-17 victory. Middle Tennessee finished with five sacks, one more than the Cajuns had the entire year.

TEAM THAT MOST IMPRESSED

MIDDLE TENNESSEE- The Blue Raiders got a recent monkey off their back by beating the Ragin' Cajuns, stopping a slide in which they had lost five of the last six meetings in the series. MT turned the tables in convincing fashion by smashing ULL 34-17 behind a dominating second half effort. Quarterback Dwight Dasher looked outstanding, passing for two touchdowns in the winning effort. Running back D.D. Kyles ran for nearly 200 yards as MT picked up key win number seven.

TEAM THAT MOST DISAPPOINTED

NORTH TEXAS- The problems continue to mount for the struggling Mean Green. After winning its season opener, UNT has dropped seven of their last eight games and blew a golden chance to pick up a much needed win on Saturday night. The Mean Green blew a 14 point second half lead and surrendered 21 unanswered points in a 35-28 loss to Florida International. Coach Todd Dodge has still yet to have a breakthrough season and his job status remains a major question mark.

FINAL SCOREBOARD

ULM 21, Western Kentucky 18
Florida Atlantic 35, Arkansas State 18
Middle Tennessee 34, Louisiana-Lafayette 17
FIU 35, North Texas 28
Arkansas 56, Troy 20


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