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C-USA Football: Games for Week of 11-08-14

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West leader Louisiana Tech (5-0, 6-3) will look to remain unbeaten when it travels to UAB (3-2, 5-4). The Bulldogs have reached bowl-eligibility, while the Blazers need a win to be eligible for the first time since 2004. LA Tech RB Kenneth Dixon is fifth in C-USA in rushing and second in scoring, while UAB’s Jordan Howard is second in rushing with 9 TDs.  
 
Rice (3-1, 5-3) is on a roll with five straight wins as it returns home to face UTSA (2-6, 1-3). The Owls have have won 12 consecutive November home games, dating back to 2007, head coach David Bailiff’s first season. The Roadrunners are looking to get their offense back on track and return to the win column.
 
New East Division foes FIU (2-3, 3-6) and Old Dominion (3-6, 1-4) meet in Norfolk. Taylor Heinicke and the Monarchs have the league’s second-ranked passing offense, while the Panthers possess the circuit’s top-ranked pass defense.
 
WKU (1-4, 3-5) welcomes UTEP (5-3, 3-1) for a first-time meeting. Hilltoppers QB Brandon Doughty is the first WKU passer to throw for 3,000 yards, but will be tested by an improving Miners defense that scored two touchdowns off turnovers in posting a third straight victory last Saturday.  
 
Southern Miss (1-4, 3-6) returns to host an unbeaten Marshall team (8-0, 4-0) that is coming off a bye week. The Golden Eagles have passed for more than 300 yards in four straight games, but will face a balanced Thundering Herd offense that ranks second in the FBS at 571.3 yards per game.
 
Florida Atlantic (3-6, 2-3) travels to North Texas (2-6, 0-4) in a game of teams trying to keep bowl-eligibility hopes alive. Both squads feature outstanding special teams play.


 
Saturday, November 8th

Louisiana Tech 40  UAB 24

UTSA 7  Rice 17

FIU 35  Old Dominion 38

UTEP 27  WKU 35

FAU 10  North Texas 31

#22 Marshall 63  Southern Miss 17


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Louisiana Tech at UAB has me salivating. If you love old school, smash-mouth game with dominating runningbacks and strong defenses, make sure to tune in.
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Louisiana Tech 40  UAB 24

Cody Sokol threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns and Kenneth Dixon ran for three scores as Louisiana Tech (7-3, 6-0) overpowered UAB at Legion Field.

Tech's defense, which registered at least eight tackles for a loss for the seventh consecutive game, limited UAB to 326 total offensive yards as the Blazers averaging almost 450 yards per game in league entering the game.

Jake Ganus recovered a fumble and returned it 56 yards for a score for UAB (5-5, 3-3) and Jamarcus Nelson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
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UTSA 7  Rice 17

Driphus Jackson rushed for a 9-yard touchdown in the first quarter and later passed for another score, as the Owls (6-3, 4-1) defeated the Roadrunners.

UTSA (2-7, 1-4) lost its third consecutive outing, but it did end a string of seven scoreless quarters when Austin Robinson found Kenny Bias with 9:36 remaining in the game.
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UTEP 27  WKU 35

The Hilltoppers (4-5, 2-4) score 21 unanswered points in comeback fashion to down the Miners.

UTEP (5-4, 3-2) was in control until late in the third period.

Brandon Doughty was 23-of-34 for 324 yards and 3TD.
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FIU 35  Old Dominion 38

Satchel Ziffer kicked a 28-yard field goal with no time left to lift the Monarchs (4-6, 2-4) to a dramatic 38-35 victory over the Panthers, and the 50th overall in program history.

With the score tied at 35 FIU QB Alex McGough tried to throw a shovel pass but it was deflected and intercepted.

The Monarchs then centered the ball in the middle of the field before Ziffer drilled his first career field goal.

The Panthers (3-7, 2-4) fell out of post season consideration with the loss.
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7 teams in CUSA are still in the hunt for Bowl games?
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FAU 10  North Texas 31

Andrew McNulty accounted for two touchdowns as North Texas snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Mean Green (3-6, 1-4), who led 21-3 at halftime, also saw Antoinne Jimmerson rush for 111 yards on 17 carries.

Jaquez Johnson threw a 34-yard touchdown strike to Alex Deleon to pull the Owls within 21-10 with 4:32 left in the third quarter, but finished just 14-of-25 for 99 yards.

Florida Atlantic (3-7, 2-4), which entered the game having thrown just two interceptions, added another in the loss.
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#22 Marshall 63  Southern Miss 17

The Thundering Herd (9-0, 5-0) fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but exploded for a a 63-3 run thereafter to defeat the Golden Eagles (3-7, 1-5).

Ito Smith ran for 141 yards and 2TD for Southern Miss in the loss.

Marshall, who pounded out 335 yards with 7TD on the ground, will return to Joan C. Edwards Stadium to face Rice in a rematch of the 2013 Conference USA Championship game next Saturday.
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A pair of players earning their third C-USA Player of the Week honors this season are joined by a player gaining his second award in 2014 for their performances in games this past Saturday.

WKU senior QB Brandon Doughty has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the third time after throwing for 324 yards and three touchdowns.

UAB senior J.J. Nelson gains his second Special Teams honor in three weeks and third of the year after taking back a kickoff 100-yards for an FBS-leading third time this season.

The Defensive Player of the Week award was given to WKU junior DB Wonderful Terry, honored for the second time after scoring his third touchdown of the season on a 90-yard interception return that proved to be the game-winning score.

C-USA Football Players of the Week are voted on by a panel of the league's media.
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