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September 21, 2009
Week three wrap: MT, Troy impress
Another week of Sun Belt action is in the books and the conference picked up another couple of impressive non-conference victories.
Which teams and players got the job done in week three? Who was disappointing?
GoMiddle.com reviews the weekend action with the Sun Belt wrap up.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 32, MARYLAND 31- Middle Tennessee's hard fought road win over the Terrapins featured a little bit of everything. The game included a blocked kick, plenty of turnovers and several clutch plays as the drama unfolded. Down two and with under two minutes to work with, the Blue Raider offense once again rose to the occasion and marched right down the field to set up kicker Alan Gendreau for the game winning 19 yard field goal.
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE
TROY QUARTERBACK LEVI BROWN- Brown needed to play well Saturday for his team to gain some much needed confidence heading into next week's conference opener with Sun Belt contender Arkansas State. Brown answered the challenge with a great passing day in a home win over UAB. Brown threw for a whopping 413 yards and two touchdowns. Under the senior's guidance, the Trojans picked up their first win of the season and the offense finally showed some life.
BEST DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE
MIDDLE TENNESSEE DEFENSIVE END CHRIS MCCOY- McCoy has established himself as one of the Sun Belt's fiercest performers coming off the edge and he only enhanced that stature in the Blue Raiders' road win over Maryland. McCoy was constantly applying pressure on Terrapins' quarterback Chris Turner and did a nice job of getting in the backfield and stuffing the run. The senior racked up a sack, four tackles for loss and six solo stops for the MTSU defense. He also blocked a field goal and recovered a fumble.
TEAM THAT MOST IMPRESSED
MIDDLE TENNESSEE- The Blue Raiders notched one of the most important wins in school history in College Park. The victory was the Blue Raiders' first away from Murfreesboro against an opponent from the ACC. Middle Tennessee showed great character the entire game and constantly rose to the occasion with big plays when the game was hanging in the balance. Quarterback Dwight Dasher's ability to put the team in position to get the winning score in the final seconds gave Middle Tennessee plenty of reason to believe that the junior signal caller has become a true leader and is capabale of leading the offense in critical situations.
TEAM THAT MOST DISAPPOINTED
WESTERN KENTUCKY- The Hilltoppers have a long way to go before becoming competitive in Sun Belt football. It seemed that the Hilltoppers' game with Central Arkansas came at a great time. WKU was blown out its first two games and needed something to spark the team heading into conference play. However, the Hilltoppers were embarrassed at home in every phase in a 28-7 defeat. WKU allowed Central Arkansas to gain more than 400 yards and the Bears controlled the tempo. Through three games, WKU's passing attack is averaging less than 100 yards per game.