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C-USA Football: Games for Week of 10-17-20

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Five conference games, including two division rivalries and three cross-division contests, are on this Saturday’s schedule. One non-conference game is also on the slate as we move into the seventh week of play in Conference USA.
 
WKU (1-3, 1-1 in C-USA) will head to Birmingham to take on UAB (3-1, 1-0 in C-USA), where the Blazers have won 20 consecutive games at Legion Field. Impressive defensive standouts will be on display in this one as WKU senior DE DeAngelo Malone (31 tackles, 6 TFL’s, 2 sacks) and senior S Devon Key (33 tackles ) square off against UAB LB Kristopher Moll (26 tackles, 2 TFL’s, 2 PBU’s) and DE Jordan Smith (5 TFL’s, 2 sacks, 4 QBH).
 
UTSA (3-2, 1-1 in C-USA) plays its second straight non-conference game when it hosts Army (4-1) for the second straight season at the Alamodome. Roadrunners sophomore WR Zakhari Franklin caught a team-leading and career-high tying seven balls for 79 yards and a TD last week at BYU and has 208 yards and two scores in three games played this season.
 
Middle Tennessee (1-4, 1-2 in C-USA) returns home from a thrilling win at FIU to host a high-powered offense in North Texas (1-3, 0-2 in C-USA). Two of C-USA’s most productive receivers will be on display in Blue Raiders senior WR Jarrin Pierce (36 catches for 366 yards) and Mean Green senior WR Jaelon Darden (36 receptions, 485 yards, 9 TDs), who posted the sixth-best single-game receiving yardage total in league history (244 yards) last week vs. Charlotte.
 
Marshall (3-0, 1-0 in C-USA) has been dominant in its three wins, outscoring its opponents 114-21, as the Thundering Herd head to Ruston for the first time since 1942 to face Louisiana Tech (3-1, 2-0 in C-USA). Talented runners will be on display, as reigning C-USA Offensive Player of the Year Brenden Knox of Marshall (110.0 yards per game, five touchdowns) meets up with All-C-USA RB Justin Henderson of LA Tech (66.7 yards per game, two touchdowns).
 
A West Division showdown will take place on the western edge of Conference when Southern Miss (1-3, 1-1 in C-USA) travels to UTEP (3-2, 0-1). The league’s top two freshman running backs will square off in this one as the Golden Eagles’ Frank Gore, Jr., who ran for 130 yards and a touchdown in the Golden Eagles win at North Texas two weeks ago, meets up with Miners rookie Deion Hankins (300 yards and five touchdowns in four games).
 
FIU (0-2, 0-1) has dropped two games by a total of just five points and will look to get into the win column when it visits Charlotte (1-2, 0-1). The Panthers have the top rushing offense in C-USA (229.0 yards per game), led by RB D’Vonte Price who is averaging 10.0 yards per carry.  With junior QB Chris Reynolds at the helm, the 49ers have been strong through the air, averaging 254.0 yards per game on 9.0 yards per attempt.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th

WKU at UAB (Stadium)  1:30 pm

Army at UTSA (CBSSN)  1:30 pm

North Texas at MTSU (Stadium)  5 pm

Marshall at La Tech (CBSSN)  6 pm

Southern Miss at UTEP (ESPN2)  7:30 pm COVID

FIU at Charlotte (ESPNU)  8 pm COVID
 
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BREAKING: FIU at Charlotte has been called off due to multiple positive COVID-19 cases within the Panther program. Both programs will look for possible make-up dates.

What a kick in the crotch for the 49ers and their fans, who still haven't played at home this season.

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Southern Miss at UTEP has been postponed due to COVID (Southern Miss).
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Rick said

Southern Miss at UTEP has been postponed due to COVID (Southern Miss).
Posted On: Oct 16th 2020, 1:52 PM #396786

At least S. Miss. cannot blame us!!!
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FINAL:

 Army 28  UTSA 16
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FINAL:

UAB 37  WKU 14
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FINAL:

North Texas 52  MTSU 35

The Blue Raiders (1-5, 1-3) squander a 28-21 halftime lead, as the Mean Green's (2-3, 1-2) offensive adjustments after the break produce a 31-7 advantage the rest of the way.

UNT rushed for 462 yards in the win.

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FINAL:

Marshall 35  La Tech 17

QB Grant Wells was 19-of-24 for the Herd (4-0, 2-0) for 227 YDS and 2TD.

The Bulldogs (3-2, 2-1) saw their ground game shutdown, while amassing just seven YDS on 24 attempts.
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After accounting for 350 total yards and five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) in less than three quarters and leading North Texas to a come-from-behind victory at Middle Tennessee, Mean Green redshirt sophomore RB Jason Bean earned the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award.

The Defensive Player of the Week honor went to Marshall sophomore LB Eli Neal, who had seven tackles, one TFL and an interception to lead the Thundering Herd’s strong defensive showing in a win at Louisiana Tech.

The Special Teams Player of the Week award was given to UAB redshirt sophomore OLB Nikia Eason, Jr., who blocked a third quarter punt which the Blazers returned for a touchdown in the win over WKU.

C-USA Football Players of the Week are voted on by a panel of the league’s media.
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North Texas quarterback Jason Bean has been named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the weekend of October 17th.
 
Bean entered the game against Middle Tennessee with the Mean Green down 21-7 early in the second quarter on Saturday.  The redshirt sophomore was a game-changer, accounting for 350 total yards and five touchdowns in a little under three quarters, while leading North Texas to a 52-35 win on the road.
 
Bean completed 12-of-17 passes for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions, while rushing 10 times for a career-high 169 yards and three scores as the Mean Green outscored the Blue Raiders 45-14 with Bean in the game.  The 350 yards accounted for 46% of North Texas’ total of 768 yards, a new program record, and also the second-highest offensive output in college football this season (UCF put up 798 this week in a losing effort).  
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