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Oct 5, 2013; Tulsa, OK, USA; Rice Owls safety Julius White (7) carries the ball during the first half of a game against the Tulsa Hurricanes at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Rice defeated Tulsa 30-27 in an overtime. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Conference USA Football Recap–Week 6

Week 6 was a week of conference matchups for the teams of CUSA.

Future member Western Kentucky kicked off the weekend as they went on the road to face Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday night. The Warhawks were playing without starting quarterback Kolton Browning, and it showed, as the Hilltoppers went on to the convincing victory, 31-10.

Impressive newcomer UTSA traveled to Huntington, West Virginia this weekend as they faced Marshall. The Thundering Herd proved to be too much for the Roadrunners and won easily on Homecoming, 34-10.

UAB also played host this weekend as they faced another newcomer, Florida Atlantic. The Owls, who were spurred by a demanding 2nd quarter, went on to win their first Conference USA game 37-23. The Blazers remain winless against FBS opponents.

The Rice Owls were on the road this week as they traveled to Tulsa to face the outgoing Golden Hurricane. Rice let a 14-point haltime lead slip away as Tulsa tied the game with 1:07 to go and force overtime. The Owls scored the game winning touchdown in overtime after holding the Golden Hurricane to only a field goal. Rice won by a score of 30-27.

Middle Tennessee had a lot to prove this week as they faced perennial, Conference USA powerhouse East Carolina in the Blue Raiders’ Homecoming game. Middle Tennessee stood toe-to-toe with the Pirates as they tied the game just before the 4th quarter. The Pirates, who once again went over 500 yards of total offense, scored what ended up being the game winning touchdown early in the 4th quarter to earn the victory 24-17.

Tulane was trying to stay undefeated in conference as they hosted North Texas in the Superdome. The Green Wave survived against a rallying Mean Green squad by kicking the game winning field goal as time expired to win the game, 24-21.

Both UTEP and Louisiana Tech were looking to earn their first Conference USA win of the season as they faced off in El Paso. The Bulldogs’ star runningback Kenneth Dixon rushed for exactly 200 yards as Louisiana Tech survived a furious comeback by UTEP to win the game 38-35.

Southern Miss was trying to end a 16-game losing streak as they played host to lowly FIU on Saturday. The Golden Panthers had other plans as they earned their first victory of the season. FIU kicked the game winning field goal in the 4th quarter to win 24-23. It will be a tough task for Southern Miss to get their first win next week as they face East Carolina in Greenville.

Old Dominion was also in action this weekend as they played host to FBS-hopeful Liberty. The Monarchs scored the final 14 points of the game to earn the come-from-behind victory over the Flames, 21-17. ODU is now 4-2 on the season.

Speaking of comebacks, this also happened on Saturday: Charlotte 53 – #24 Gardner-Webb 51.

Weekly record: 10-7

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