Sep 14, 2013; Denton, TX, USA; North Texas Mean Green running back Reggie Pegram (2) eludes Ball State Cardinals linebacker Zack Ryan (53) during the second half at Apogee Stadium. The Mean Green defeated the Cardinals 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Conference USA Football Recap–Week 3

It was a week of highs and lows for the teams of Conference USA.

Conference USA’s Louisiana teams kicked off the college football weekend as Tulane traveled to Ruston to face Louisiana Tech. Nick Montana, son of Joe Montana, led the Green Wave to a come from behind victory against the Bulldogs. Montana threw for 235 yards and 2 touchdown passes to win the contest 24-15.

Virginia Tech traveled to Greenville this week to face the Pirates of East Carolina. The contest marks the sixth time in seven years these schools have faced each other with the Pirates only winning one of those meetings (2008). The Hokies defense kept the high-powered offense of ECU in check and earned the hard-fought victory 15-10.

Tulsa was on the road this week as they traveled to Norman to face in-state rival Oklahoma. Sooners’ quarterback Blake Bell, in his first career start, went off against the Golden Hurricane as he racked up 413 passing yards with 4 touchdown passes. Oklahoma ran away with this one by a score of 51-20.

Southern Miss‘ losing streak lives on as they fell on the road to Arkansas over the weekend. Poor quarterback play was the culprit once again as the Golden Eagles lost the game 24-3.

The North Texas Mean Green improved to 2-0 at home this season as they defeated the Cardinals of Ball State over the weekend. North Texas didn’t allow a single point in the second half as they overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to win the game 34-27.

The FIU Golden Panthers continue to be winless on the young season as they fell at home to FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. The Wildcats are ranked as the #22 team in FCS and they showed up ready to play, as they dominated FIU by a score of 34-13.

Former Conference USA member South Florida played host this week to current member Florida Atlantic. The Owls picked up their first win of the season as they defeated the Bulls by a score of 28-10.

Middle Tennessee played host this week to in-state rival Memphis in Murfreesboro. The Blue Raiders held off a second half surge from the Tigers by kicking the game-winning field goal with 1:49 remaining  to earn the victory 17-15.

Charlie Weis lead his Kansas Jayhawks into Houston this week to face the Rice Owls. Kansas was trying to avenge the loss they received in Lawrence last season but were unable to do so as the Owls rallied in the 4th quarter to win the game 23-14.

The UTEP Miners got into the win column on Saturday as defeated the New Mexico State Aggies on the road. Sean Kugler also earned his first win as a head coach as he lead his Miners to the 42-21 victory over their rivals.

Marshall went up against another former MAC rival this week as they traveled to Athens, Ohio to face the Ohio Bobcats. The Thundering Herd mounted a 4th quarter comeback but came up just short, losing the game 34-31.

UTSA was on the road on Saturday as they traveled to Tucson, Arizona to face the Arizona Wildcats. The Roadrunners were no match for the Wildcats as they were defeated 38-13.

Future Conference USA member Western Kentucky was also in action on Saturday as they traveled to Mobile, Alabama to face the South Alabama Jaguars. The Hilltoppers let a 21-10 first half lead slip away and were defeated by the Jaguars 31-24.

Week 3 record: 6-8

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