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Here are the games around the belt today with the one game that will determine the winners of the conference.

MTSU vs Troy
ASU vs ULL
UNT vs ULM
FAU vs FIU

Go Protected Ones.


Go Owls!!
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Scores from around the Belt:

MTSU 20 Troy 21
ASU 13 ULL 28
UNT 3 ULM 23
FAU 31 FIU 0

Belt Overall Standings:

Middle Tennessee 6-1 7-5
Troy 5-1 6-5
Arkansas State 4-3 6-6
Florida Atlantic 4-3 5-7
Louisiana-Lafayette 3-3 6-5
North Texas 2-5 3-9
Louisiana-Monroe 2-4 3-8
Florida International 0-6 0-11
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MTSU found a way to implode yet again, leading 20-7 with 2:19 minutes left in the 4th quarter :o


The Smurfs are feeling a little blue today, then again aren't they blue by nature ;D

Looks like Troy is looking good to play another Bowl this season.

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Correction on the standings

Middle Tennessee State 6-1 7-5
Troy 5-1 6-5
Florida Atlantic 4-3 5-7
Arkansas State 4-3 6-6
Louisiana-Lafayette 3-3 6-5
Louisiana-Monroe 2-4 3-8
North Texas 2-5 3-9
Florida International 0-6


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Made the corrections, copy & pasted the wrong results >:(
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Does Troy still have one conference game left this season?? They are 5-1 and MTSU is 6-1. If Troy loses the final game, MTSU will be in New Orleans. GO OWLS!!!

You can run kitties, but you can't hide!!!
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Troy plays FIU next week for their final conference game, a must win game for the Trogan to go Bowling.
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Bytor said

MTSU found a way to implode yet again, leading 20-7 with 2:19 minutes left in the 4th quarter :o

Was it really with 2:19 to go? Unbelievable…
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Troy travels to FIU at 7 p.m. Saturday. If you all are not doing anything, come down and visit. We'll be tailgating there starting in the afternoon.

Troy has to win to win the conference and go to New Orleans.

The word is, MTSU might get a Motor City Bowl invite, which pays twice that of the N.O. Bowl.

Great game last night, Owls! I enjoyed it immensely.

As for Troy beating MTSU, it was one of the greatest come-backs in Troy history. Haugabook threw for close to 300 yards and two TDs and ran for one, Cattouse ran for almost 100 yards, and the Troy D shut dwn MTSU, holding its top RB to 14 yards on 17 carries.

Troy had an MTSU fumble at the MTSU 3 (called back), failed to score on a fourth-and-one from the MTSU 3 and missed a FG to start the game.

The Trojans came back late for a four-play TD drive, then got the onsides kick and punched it in on eight plays with :17 left. The key play was a fourth-and-17 (after an inexcuseable Haugabook sack back from the MTSU 6!) pass for 19 yards.

I'm told it was awesome game to see. Some of the MTSU people even got into it with the Troy band, and the MUTS were yelling "Troy sucks!" and "Goalposts" (thy had been discussing on line whether to pull them down) with 3:00 to play!

Oops.
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Troy Football: Miracle in Murfreesboro

Drew Champlin / Dothan Eagle
November 26, 2006

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Omar Haugabook pointed to the sky and got ready to take the biggest snap of his life.

Fourth-and-17 at the Middle Tennessee 22, with Troy down 20-14. Fourth-and-17 because Haugabook took a sack with 27 seconds left for a loss of 11, forcing the Trojans to burn their last timeout.

Fourth-and-17, and he hit Smokey Hampton for a gain of 19. One play later, a 3-yard touchdown pass to Gary Banks.

A Greg Whibbs extra point later and a desperation Hail Mary pass by MTSU - ball game, a 21-20 win by the Trojans that will go down as one of the greatest in Troy?s history.

One more win over a winless Florida International team, and the Trojans are going to the New Orleans Bowl.

?It?s amazing,? Banks said. ?I don?t believe there?s enough words in the dictionary to describe the feeling we have right now.?

It wasn?t supposed to happen this way for Middle Tennessee, the surprise of the league who had jumped out to a 6-0 conference record.

It probably shouldn?t have, after Haugabook was stuffed two drives prior on a fourth-and-short at the MTSU 3 with the Blue Raiders leading 20-7.

But the Trojans held on and took over with 3:33 left. Four plays later, Haugabook hit Hampton for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Whibbs? extra point cut the lead to 20-14.

Whibbs then had the second-biggest kick of the ball game. His onside kick bounced off MTSU?s Clinton Corder and was eventually recovered by Troy?s Henry Chubb.

?It was a do-or-die situation,? Chubb said. ?We had to get the ball back and give our offense a chance to score again.

?When I saw the ball, winning was all that was on my mind.?

With 2:19 left, Troy took over on the MTSU 42 and scored the touchdown that kept their season alive.

Brannon Condren broke up a last-ditch Hail Mary pass from MTSU backup quarterback Joe Craddock and the celebration was on - just minutes after chants of ?Troy sucks? and ?Goalposts? came from the MTSU student section, situated behind the Troy bench.

This was when the Blue Raiders held a 20-7 lead as the game wound down. No doubt the students were ready to storm the field and pull down the goal posts in celebration.

?Maybe we should have pulled it down,? Troy defensive end Shawn Todd said.

MTSU finished the regular season with a 7-5 record under first-year head coach Rick Stockstill, though the Blue Raiders can hold out hope for an at-large bowl berth or a Troy loss next week.

?We are disappointed,? Stockstill said. ?It was a heart-breaking, gut-wrenching loss.?

Troy?s Haugabook hit 30-of-40 passes for 235 yards and two scores. Hampton caught seven passes for 104 yards. Kenny Cattouse led the ground game with 83 yards on 18 carries.

The Trojans held Eugene Gross, a probable first team all-conference selection, to 13 yards on 17 carries.

Troy plays at FIU next Saturday at 6 p.m. With a win, the Trojans would tie MTSU with a 6-1 conference record and would go to the New Orleans Bowl by the head-to-head tiebreaker.


Troy Football: Hampton comes up big

Drew Champlin / Dothan Eagle
November 26, 2006

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - It hasn?t been a dream senior season for Smokey Hampton.

But Saturday night was a dream for Hampton, who had the game of his life.

Hampton caught seven passes for 104 yards and a score, but his 19-yard reception on 4th-and-17 from the Middle Tennessee 22 set up the game-winning score in Troy?s 21-20 win over MTSU.

Troy?s leading receiver last year, Hampton was only fourth on the squad this year with 17 catches for 199 yards. He had lost his starting spot midway through the season.

?It hasn?t been a great year for me,? Hampton said. ?I haven?t had the year everybody expected me to have.

?I have a chance to play at the next level and I didn?t have the year I was supposed to have.?
But Hampton had the game Troy needed Saturday. His 19-yard touchdown catch was set up by a 19-yard reception.

?Thank God we didn?t give up on Smokey,? offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said. ?He responded and we?re proud of him.?

It was Franklin who had a gut feeling this week that Hampton would have a big game. The two had a long conversation this week, as Franklin did with all of his receivers, about what this game meant.

?I knew he could make the plays,? Franklin said. ?He proved me right. I?m so happy for him.?

Hampton went over the 1,000-yard mark in his career with a 14-yard reception early in the game. The last two weeks, it was sophomore Mykeal Terry who stepped up. For the whole season, it?s been Gary Banks.

Saturday, it was Hampton.

?Smokey had a hell of a practice (this week),? quarterback Omar Haugabook said. ?His best practice of the year, and he showed it today.?

Haugabook, who said the 4th-and-17 defensive formation ?looked like it was drawn up in the sand? and he ?could have ran for the first down? saw Hampton cut in, then briefly out and back in before putting it right over his shoulder.

?He made a hell of a catch,? Haugabook said. ?I knew he was holding on to it.?

Hampton took a shot on the play from a Blue Raider defender but wasn?t about to let go of the ball.

?I felt like their whole team was around me,? Hampton said. ?I just had to block it out.?

Then, Hampton went off the field and watched his teammate Banks score the game-winner.

?All this week, I thought about playing for my team and getting us to the New Orleans Bowl,? Hampton said.
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