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C-USA Football: Games for Week of 10-26-13

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A big East Division contest Thursday night opens this week's action, as first place Marshall heads to Middle Tennessee. The Thundering Herd and Blue Raiders have not met since the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Expect the defenses to play a key role in this one, as Marshall leads C-USA in total defense and Middle Tennessee leads in turnovers forced.

A pair of West Division showdowns featuring the two unbeaten teams in league play open Saturday's action. Tulane is 3-0 in C-USA play and can become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2002 with a victory over Tulsa at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Rice (3-0 in C-USA, 5-2 overall) is one win from becoming bowl-eligible for the second straight season, but must get past UTEP at Rice Stadium.

UAB is coming off its first win in conference play as it gets ready to play UTSA for the first time. Both teams have a running back with a nose for the end zone as Blazers junior Darrin Reaves is now fourth in school history with 20 rushing touchdowns and Roadrunners junior David Glasco II has a program-record 17 touchdowns (15 rushing).

North Texas and Southern Miss will meet for the first time since they squared off in the 2004 New Orleans Bowl. The Mean Green have won their last two Conference USA games and will be looking to make it three straight wins overall for the first time since 2004.

Louisiana Tech will make its first-ever visit to FIU. This game will be available on the C-USA Digital Network.

Florida Atlantic will play the only non-conference game of the week when it visits Auburn. In his last three games, Owls junior QB Quez Johnson has thrown for 807 yards and rushed for 227, while throwing six touchdowns and running for four more scores.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Marshall 49  MTSU 51


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

UTEP 7  Rice 45

Tulsa 7  Tulane 14

UAB 31  UTSA 52

Louisiana Tech 23  FIU 7

North Texas 55  Southern Miss 14

Florida Atlantic 10  Auburn 45
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Wow, look at those three game numbers for Quez~ Over 12 games that would translate to over 3200 yards passing with 24 TD passes along with over 900 yards rushing with 16 TD's.

Over 4100 yards of total O and 40 combined TD's - what a freaking year that would be! Keep it up Quez and keep improving, in two years you may be NFL bound! Light up Auburn Owls!
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Quez is awesome. Interestingly I was reading one of the Auburn-FAU previews and they pointed out the player to watch on FAU as Frye-Smith. Not debating that but I think they should be aware of Quez too. He's played well enough to deserve special mention.

Rick said

In his last three games, Owls junior QB Quez Johnson has thrown for 807 yards and rushed for 227, while throwing six touchdowns and running for four more scores.

Quick correction: Quez is a sophomore but he certainly plays like a junior.


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Quick reminder for tonight's action:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Marshall at Middle Tennessee (FS1) 7:30p
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FINAL:

Marshall 49  MTSU 51

So much for much defense, as these two squads combine to hit the century mark in total points and tally over 1,033 yards collectively.

On the ropes, the Herd could only watch as MTSU drove 79 yards over the final 2:29 for a last second for the win that was initially set up by an 18 yard 4th down conversion from QB Logan Kilgore (277 yards, 4TD).

MTSU posted 303 yards on the ground, and had two carriers pass the century mark as well in both Jordan Parker (127) and Reggie Whately (104, career high).

Rakeem Kato was 19-of-35 for 235 yards and 3TD for Marshall, and also ran for 47.


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Exciting game, and good press for CUSA too! Too think we lost to MTSU in OT and then to Marshall on a game ending FG. The OWLS ARE MUCH BETTER THIsS YEAR EVERYONE!
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The MTSU blackout uniforms are pretty sweet.

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Brings back memories of that Hail Mary they threw against us to win a few years back on a Tuesday night…I'm gonna go puke
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Today's lineup:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

UTEP at Rice (CSS) 3:30p

Tulsa at Tulane (CST) 3:30p

UAB at UTSA (TW Texas) 5:00p

Louisiana Tech at FIU 6:00p

North Texas at Southern Miss (FCS) 7:00p

Florida Atlantic at (11) Auburn (FSN) 7:30p
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FINAL:

UTEP 7  Rice 45

The Owls remain undefeated as QB Taylor McHargue's tosses 4TDS, and the ground game rumbles for another pair off a 265 yard performance.

Miner RB Aaron Jones posted 186 yards rushing in the loss.
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