Sep 28, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates running back Chris Hairston (22) is congratulated by quarterback Shane Carden (5) after a third quarter touchdown against the North Carolina Tarheels at Kenan Memorial Stadium. ECU won 55-31. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Conference USA Football Recap–Week 5

Week 5 was another turbulent week for the members of Conference USA.

Tulsa kicked off the weekend on Thursday, as they faced Iowa State for the third time in a little over a calendar year. The Cyclones proved to be the victor in this rubber match, as they ran away in the 2nd half to earn the 38-21 win.

Next up was Middle Tennessee who traveled to Provo, Utah to face BYU on Friday night. The Blue Raiders jumped out to a 10-7 lead in the 1st quarter, but were shut out for the rest of the game as they lost to the Cougars 37-10.

By far the most impressive victory on Saturday belonged to East Carolina. The Pirates made the short trip to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels of North Carolina. ECU completely dominated the Tar Heels and racked up 603 yards of total offense to win convincingly, 55-31.

UTEP traveled to Fort Collins, Colorado to face the Rams of Colorado State on Saturday. The Miners could not overcome a 28-7 halftime deficit and fell to the Rams 59-42.

The tough, rebuilding season continues for Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs traveled to Dallas to face the Black Knights of Army in the Cotton Bowl. Army, and their option rushing attack, racked up over 400 yards on the ground as they throttled LA Tech 35-16.

An undefeated Houston Cougars team traveled to the Alamo Dome to face UTSA on Saturday. The Roadrunners stood toe-to-toe with their in-state opponent for three quarters but Houston pulled away in the 4th quarter to win the game 59-28.

It was the Battle of the Owls on Saturday night as Florida Atlantic traveled to Houston to face Rice. FAU’s defense was stingy but the offense let them down once again, as Rice converted 2 turnovers into points to come from behind and win 18-14.

Tulane faced another in-state opponent this week as they went up against UL-Monroe on the road. Nick Montana only threw for 65 yards but the Green Wave rushing attack picked up the slack, as they rushed for 253 yards on the ground. Tulane picked up the easy victory 31-14.

UAB was also on the road this week as they traveled to Nashville to face Vanderbilt. The Blazers were completely overmatched against the Commodores and were throttled 52-24.

The blue turf of Boise State awaited Southern Miss on Saturday as they looked to earn their first victory in more than a calendar year. It proved not to be, as the Broncos destroyed the Golden Eagles by the score of 60-7. Southern Miss may finally end the winless streak next weekend as they face lowly FIU in Hattiesbug.

Future member Western Kentucky also faced a Service Academy this weekend as they played host to the Navy Midshipmen. The Hilltoppers kept the Navy option attack in check by  only allowing 162 yards of total offense. WKU racked up 417 yards of offense as they scored 19 unanswered points to win 19-7.

Total Weekly Record: 4-8

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