Conference USA Football Recap–Week 8

October 19, 2013; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Justin Hardy (2) runs with ball after his catch against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. East Carolina Pirates defeated Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 55-14. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

It was upset Saturday in college football but that was not the case for the teams of Conference USA.

The week actually kicked off on Tuesday night when future member Western Kentucky played Sun Belt rival Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin’ Cajuns forced 5 Hilltopper turnovers in route to dominating the 2nd half and earning the victory 37-20.

Southern Miss faced a tough task this week as they tried to end their long losing streak against East Carolina and their high-powered offense. The Pirates stayed true-to-form as they once again racked up over 400 yards of total offense and jumped out to a 55-0 lead heading into the 4th quarter. The Golden Eagles could do nothing on offense but turned to freshman QB Nick Mullens who lead them to 2 touchdown scoring drives in the 4th quarter to give a little bit of hope to Southern Miss fans. East Carolina won the game 55-14 and are 1 victory away from bowl eligibility.

North Texas was trying to match their win total from last season as they traveled to Ruston, Louisiana to face the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech. The Mean Green fell behind early as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the 2nd quarter but North Texas used turnovers and big plays to run away with the victory 28-13.

Rice played out-of-conference this week as they traveled to Las Cruces, New Mexico to face the Aggies of New Mexico State. The lowly Aggies were no match for the Owls as Rice accumulated over 500 yards of total offense to run away with the win 45-19. Rice is now also 1 victory away from bowl eligibility.

Old Dominion‘s transitional season continued as they traveled to Heinz Field to face the Pitt Panthers. The Monarchs jumped out to a 10-0 lead heading into the 2nd quarter but their leaky defense once again plagued them as Pittsburgh then scored 28 unanswered points to take the lead. The Panthers had to hold off a furious comeback attempt by Taylor Heinicke and the Monarchs but ultimately won the game 35-24.

Topics: Charlotte 49ers, Conference USA

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