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C-USA Football: Games for Week of 11-15-14

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Five games are on this week's schedule, beginning with a nationally-televised Thursday night contest between divisional foes Southern Miss (3-7, 1-5) and UTSA (2-7, 1-4).  This will be the first meeting between the teams.
 
The rematch of the 2013 C-USA Championship Game highlights Saturday's schedule as red-hot Rice (6-3, 5-1), winners of six straight, travels to undefeated Marshall (9-0, 5-0), winners of 10 in a row (dating back to last season). The Owls defense has allowed 267.2 yards of total offense over the last five games, more than 200 yards less than its first four games. The Herd enters the game second in the FBS in total offense at 565.7 yards per outing. Rice leads C-USA with 32 sacks, while Marshall has allowed just 10 sacks, second-fewest in the league.
 
The final 2014 non-conference regular season game begins Saturday's schedule when Army visits WKU (4-5, 2-4). The Hilltoppers already own one victory over a service academy, having won at Navy in September, and have three combined wins over Army and Navy over the past two seasons.
 
Middle Tennessee (5-4, 4-1) returns from its bye week seeking a win for bowl-eligibility when it travels to FIU (3-7, 2-4). The Blue Raiders balanced offensive attack ranks fourth in C-USA and third in rushing. FIU's pass defense is second in the league and fifth overall.
 
C-USA Football will continue late into the night, as North Texas (3-6, 1-4) plays at UTEP (5-4, 3-2). The Mean Green had a strong rushing performance in last week's win over Florida Atlantic, but will be going up against the Miners  second-ranked rushing offense.

Florida Atlantic will enjoy a bye week this period.


Thursday, November 13th

Southern Miss 10  UTSA 12
 

Saturday, November 15th

Army 24  WKU 52

Rice 14  (21) Marshall 41

MTSU 28  FIU 38

North Texas 17  UTEP 35

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FINAL:

Southern Miss 10  UTSA 12

Sean Ianno’s fourth field goal of the night, a 38-yarder with two seconds remaining, lifted UTSA to a 12-10 victory against Southern Miss (3-8, 1-6) on Thursday night at the Alamodome.

It marked the fifth career game-winner — second this season — for the senior from Pflugerville, who helped the Roadrunners (3-7, 2-4 C-USA) improve to 6-0 all-time at home in the month of November.
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Army 24  WKU 52

Leon Allen broke the Conference USA single-game rushing yards record with 345 yards and three touchdowns as the Hilltoppers defeated the Black Knights.

Western Kentucky (5-5, 2-4) registered 561 yards of offense to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, placing themselves one win away from bowl eligibility.
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Rice 14  (21) Marshall 41

The Owls (6-4, 4-2) finished the day with a season-low 180 yards of total offense (99 passing, 81 rushing). Marshall (10-0, 6-0) racked up 581 yards, including 297 passing yards by Rakeem Cato. The quarterback completed 23-of-37 passes with four touchdowns.

Cato’s TD pass to Eric Frohnapfel with 9:29 left in third quarter was the 116th of his Herd career, breaking Chad Pennington’s school career record.
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MTSU 28  FIU 38

FIU (4-7, 3-4) scored a season-high 38 points, which was fueled by five Blue Raider turnovers that resulted in three scores.

The Blue Raiders looked like a fresh team playing just its second game in four weeks after vaulting to a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter, but FIU stormed back.

Quarterback Austin Grammer was 21-of-33 for 286 yards and three touchdowns for MTSU (5-5, 4-2), but also threw three interceptions.
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North Texas 17  UTEP 35

Nathan Jeffery rushed for three first-half touchdowns, as the Miners (6-4, 4-2) built a four-touchdown cushion at the break and cruised to a 35-17 rout of the Mean Green (3-7, 1-5) on Saturday night in the Sun Bowl.
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After setting a new Conference USA single-game rushing record with 345 yards and three touchdowns, WKU junior RB Leon Allen has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week.

FIU junior LB Davison Colimon picks up the Defensive honor after his 79-yard interception return for a touchdown was the game-winning score in a victory over Middle Tennessee.

The Special Teams Player of the Week award was given to UTSA senior K Sean Ianno, honored after kicking four field goals, including the game-winner vs. Southern Miss.

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