It was a less than stellar week for the teams of Conference USA.
Kicking off the college football weekend was the matchup between Florida Atlantic and East Carolina on Thursday. The Owls were no match for the Pirates and their high powered offense, as they fell 31-13.
Friday night saw a matchup between current and former Conference USA members, as UCF made the trip down to Miami to face FIU. The Golden Knights proved to be the far superior team as they shut out the Golden Panthers in their home stadium by a score of 38-0.
The UTSA Roadrunners faced a tough test in their home opener as they welcomed the #13 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys into town. The Cowboys dominated the first half as they led 35-7 at the break, but the Roadrunners outscored Oklahoma State in the 2nd half 28-21 to make the final score a more respectable 56-35.
Middle Tennessee faced another opponent from the Old North State this week as they traveled to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina. Larry Fedora, a former offensive coordinator for the Blue Raiders, led his Tar Heels to victory 40-20.
Outgoing Conference USA member Tulane was in action on Saturday as they hosted the South Alabama Jaguars. The Jaguars, who were defeated last week by FCS opponent Southern Utah, proved to be too much for the Green Wave as they earned the victory, 41-39.
For the second year in a row, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers. Nebraska’s heavily criticized defense dominated the Golden Eagles and their quarterbacks, who threw a combined four interceptions on the day. Southern Miss is still looking for their first win in more than a year as the #22 Cornhuskers won in a rout 56-13.
Marshall welcomed FCS opponent Gardner Webb to Huntington on Saturday. The Running Bulldogs, who face Charlotte on October 5th, were completely manhandled by the Thundering Herd and were defeated 55-0.
The North Texas Mean Green traveled to Athens, Ohio this weekend as they faced the Ohio Bobcats. After being down 21-7 at the half, the Mean Green rallied to tie the game at 21 in the 4th quarter but the Bobcats scored the final 6 points of the contest to earn the victory 27-21.
Tulsa opened their home schedule this weekend as they hosted the Rams of Colorado State. The Golden Hurricane bounced back from their humiliating loss to Bowling Green last week by rallying in the 4th quarter to defeat the Rams 30-27. Tulsa scored the final 13 points of the contest to earn the victory.
The rebuilding Louisiana Tech Bulldogs hosted FCS opponent Lamar in their home opener on Saturday. The Cardinals scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter to bring the score to 17-14, but the Bulldogs scored the final 10 points of the contest to get the win 27 -14.
UAB traveled to Baton Rouge this week as they played #9 LSU in Death Valley. The Blazers went into the half only trailing 35-17 but were completely shut out in the 2nd half and lost the game 56-17.
This week’s most heartbreaking loss goes to the UTEP Miners. The Miners scored a touchdown in the final minutes to tie New Mexico and send the game into overtime. In overtime, UTEP failed to match the touchdown by the Lobos and were defeated 42-35.
Future Conference USA member Western Kentucky was trying to go 2-0 versus SEC opponents as they traveled to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols scored at will against the Hilltoppers to earn the victory 52-20.
Week Record: (4-10)