C-USA Football: Games for Week of October 16, 2021
LA Tech 3 UTEP 19
Thanks to a stout defensive effort, the Miners remain a perfect 3-0 in C-USA play and find themselves sitting at 6-1 for the first time in 16 seasons (2005).
The win also snapped an eight game losing. streak to the Bulldogs, and Sophomore WR Jacob Cowing posted the 10th 100-yard receiving game of his career. He needs just three more to tie the program record (13).
LA Tech saw three interceptions and two safeties on the night.
Sterns continued his incredible receiving run in WKU’s 43-20 victory at ODU, as he totaled 13 receptions for a career-high 221 yards and career-long 74-yard touchdown. Sterns became the second Hilltopper in program history to eclipse the 200-yard receiving mark and first since 1995. He had eight catches for 188 yards in the first half alone, as WKU took a commanding 30-3 lead into the break. In a three-game span – against undefeated Michigan State, undefeated UTSA and the Monarchs, who previously had the No. 2 defense in Conference USA – Sterns has accumulated 46 receptions for 602 yards and four touchdowns. Sterns leads all FBS receivers with 69 receptions for 962 yards, while his eight touchdowns are tied for fourth.
Taylor tied a school record with a career-high 3.5 sacks in UTEP’s defensive victory against LA Tech on Oct. 16. Taylor added career bests in tackles (six) and tackles for loss (3.5). Taylor’s 3.5 sacks totaled 13 loss yards. Louisiana Tech QB Austin Kendall started 6-6, but ended the night 14-28 due to UTEP’s strong defensive effort. The Bulldogs’ three points were the fewest in a conference game since 2008 (members of the WAC). Additionally, all of Taylor’s sacks came during the first half.
With UAB leading Southern Miss 10-0 in the second quarter, Cash blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone to spark a 34-0 victory. It was Cash’s second blocked punt of the season and his second straight game scoring a touchdown after his 100-yard interception return for a touchdown last week. Cash also added one tackle and a PBU against Southern Miss.
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