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C-USA Football: Games for Week of 11-01-14

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Red-hot Rice (2-1, 4-3) has won four games in a row as it travels to Miami to face FIU (2-2, 3-5). The Owls  have scored 41 or more points in four of their last five outings, but will be tested by an opportunistic FIU defense. The Panthers are coming off a bye week after playing eight straight weeks and are back at home for the seventh time this season.
 
WKU and Louisiana Tech will meet for the first time since the 1973 NCAA Division II playoffs. The Hilltoppers (1-3, 3-4) posted their first C-USA league win last week in a shootout, 66-51 over Old Dominion. The Bulldogs (4-0, 5-3) are off to just their sixth 4-0 league start since moving to Division I in 1975. The teamís quarterbacks, Brandon Doughty of WKU and Cody Sokol of LA Tech, combined for 798 passing yards in wins last Saturday.
 
UAB (4-4, 2-2) travels to Florida Atlantic (3-5, 2-2) in an East Division battle that spotlights a pair of all-purpose performers. Blazers senior WR J.J. Nelson had his second 100-yard kickoff return of the season last week and leads C-USA in kick return (34.7) and punt return average (10.3). Owls senior Lucky Whitehead tops the circuit in receptions per game (6.9) and is third in all-purpose yardage (162.5 per game).
 
Southern Miss (1-3, 3-5) visits UTEP (2-1, 4-3), a  team coming off its best defensive performance in a decade. Golden Eagles sophomore WR Michael Thomas is emerging, having caught a TD pass in four straight games. The Miners allowed just two first downs and 70 total yards in a 34-0 shutout at UTSA, its first blanking since 2005.
 
Middle Tennessee (5-3, 4-1) returns to action by hosting BYU, while just up the road, Old Dominion (3-5, 1-4) plays its first SEC opponent, visiting Vanderbilt.


Saturday, November 1st

Rice 31  FIU 17

WKU 10  La Tech 59

BYU 27  MTSU 7

UAB 31  FAU 28

ODU 28  Vanderbilt 42

South Miss 14  UTEP 35

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The other Owls have opened a can of whoop arse on FIU.

Rice leads 17-0 with 4:34 left in the 1st.
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Now 24-17 rice
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Rice 31  FIU 17

After falling behind 17-0, the Panthers (3-6, 2-3) battled back to trail by just a score at intermission.

But adjustments from the Owls limited FIU's offense to under 40 yards for the second half.

FIU quarterbacks Alex McGough and E.J. Hilliard were sacked seven times collectively.

Driphus Jackson passed for 230 yards for the Owls and ran for another 66.

Rice (5-3, 3-1) has now won five in a row.

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"Per a source at the game, #FIU AD Pete Garcia took several fans chanting "Fire Pete" up to his suite."



Looking at the picture, that must have emptied the stadium.

FAU - THE REAL SLEEPING GIANT
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FINAL:

WKU 10  La Tech 59

Brandon Doughty had his worst outing in quite some time, completing just 14-of-35 attempts for a chilly 134 yards.
But that was only part of it, as he also tossed four picks.

Meanwhile, counterpart Cody Sokol was on fire for La Tech (6-3, 5-0), with 335 yards and 5TD.

The Bulldogs shut the Toppers (3-5, 1-4) out in the 2nd half, and doubled-up on first downs with a 31-15 advantage for the game.



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BYU 27  MTSU 7

Tied at 7-7, it was close at halftime, but the Cougars pulled away in the second for the win.

The Blue Raiders struggled again offensively, netting averages of just 3.3 yards in passing and 2.9 yards on the ground.

BYU (5-4) snapped a four game skid.
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UAB 31  FAU 28

In a heroic effort, the Owls (3-6, 2-3 C-USA) storm back with 21 4th quarter points to tie the game, but can't stop the Blazers (5-4, 3-2 C-USA) final drive, which results in a game winning field goal.
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ODU 28  Vanderbilt 42

Old Dominion (3-6) trailed 28-21 entering the fourth quarter to SEC opponent Vanderbilt but the Commodores (3-6) pulled away in the final frame.

Monarch QB Taylor Heinicke finished the day 21-of-36 for 291-yards with two touchdowns and an INT.
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South Miss 14  UTEP 35

Turnovers (5) doom the Golden Eagles (3-6, 1-4 C-USA), who post a 402-234 yard advantage over the Miners.

South Miss WR Casey Martin had six catches for 129 yards, and Trey Brown registered a 51 yard pick six for UTEP (5-3, 3-1 C-USA).
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