Conference USA Week 11 Roundup

Rice take first conference win over Charlotte

Owls head coach David Bailiff can rest somewhat easier now that his team has beat an FBS team, as Rice upset Charlotte 22-21.

Tyler Stehling took it upon himself to become the entire Rice offense, throwing for 279 yards, running for 93 yards and scoring three touchdowns (two rush, one pass) on the night.

On defense, Rice held Charlotte to 153 yards of total rushing, the team’s lowest total since running for 48 yards against Louisville in a 70-14 season-opening loss. Notably, the 49ers did not score in the second half, while the Owls scored 22 unanswered points

After the loss, Charlotte now need to win out to make it to 6-6 on the year. Reaching that point will be easier said than done for the 49ers, as they will face Middle Tennessee and UTSA.

Without Nick Mullens, Southern Miss blown out of water by Old Dominion

Southern Miss may be facing its worst nightmare without starting quarterback Nick Mullens, proven in part by their 51-35 loss to Old Dominion.

With Mullens out after suffering a concussion last week versus Charlotte, freshman Keon Howard took the helm for the Golden Eagles. Even with over 328 total yards and two touchdowns (one pass, one rush), Howard’s presence was not enough to keep up with ODU.

An absence from Mullens will affect if USM can make a bowl game, as its offense looks a lot less potent without him.

Running back Jeremy Cox only had three carries for the Monarchs, but was able to turn his few opportunities into 77 yards of rushing and two touchdowns. Ray Lawry also picked up 71 yards of rushing and a pair of touchdowns while working in tandem with Cox.

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ODU quarterback David Washington only passed for 129 yards, but threw two passing touchdowns and avoided throwing an interception.

Louisiana Tech beat UTSA to clinch west division title

Louisiana Tech flexed its muscle as the best team in the conference with a dominant 63-35 win over the UTSA Roadrunners.

The Bulldogs will be the west division champions after beating second place UTSA and creating a two-win bubble between them and the Roadrunners. LA Tech now have won seven straight games in the conference after falling to MTSU to begin their CUSA schedule.

Look no further than quarterback Ryan Higgins for a reason why the Bulldogs controlled the game, as he threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns. Higgins has thrown no less than two touchdowns in a game this season and has thrown for 200 or more yards in six straight games.

Western Kentucky secure east division with victory over North Texas

In a game no one felt would be in doubt, Western Kentucky smacked around North Texas to take a step closer to securing a spot in the conference championship game with a 45-7 win.

Old Dominion is a win away from the Hilltoppers, but unless WKU lose to Marshall and ODU win out against FAU and FIU (which could happen) Western Kentucky look to have the division in the bag.

Hilltopper quarterback Mike White threw for 316 yards of passing and four touchdowns, while running back Anthony Wales ran for 121 yards and a touchdown. WKU had 543 total offensive yards, taking complete control of the game’s pace.

The Mean Green did not reach the endzone until the 4:35 mark of the third quarter, only managing 232 total yards of offense for the game.

FAU win second game in a row over UTEP

Florida Atlantic was able to take a 34-31  win from UTEP to win consecutive games for the first time this season and match their win total from last year.

Owls tight end Nate Terry caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Jason Driskel to cap off a 96-yard drive with less than a minute left in the game, avoiding another late game loss on the season.

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Devin Singletary once again was a major factor, as he ran for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Despite his production, FAU was unable to stay out of its own way for much of the game, committing three turnovers to handicap their momentum and nearly put themselves out of the game.

Aaron Jones was able to expose the Owls defense and its weakness against the run, totaling 229 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the night. This is the second game in a row in which Jones has run for 200 or more yards

MTSU get upset by Marshall

After falling to UTSA last week, Middle Tennessee was unable to recover against Marshall, who had lost three straight before their 42-17 victory Saturday.

John Urzua and Chase Litton both wound up with over 200 yards of passing each, but Urzua threw a pair of interceptions that were costly to his team. Litton threw four touchdowns to complete his night, compared to only one from Urzua.

The running game was a difference maker between the two teams, as MTSU ran for only 63 yards compared to Marshall’s 207. Hyleck Foster and Anthony Anderson each had a rush touchdown for the Thundering Herd, while I’Tavius Mathers had the lone rush touchdown for the Blue Raiders.

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