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EAST CAROLINA: Shane Carden accounted for four total touchdowns to lead the
Pirates (5-2, 3-1) to a 55-14 rout of Southern Miss at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Carden hit on 30-of-37 pass attempts for 308 yards and three touchdowns while
Vintavious Cooper tallied 54 rushing yards and a score on 14 carries. Justin
Hardy led all pass-catchers with 10 receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown.
ECU outgained Southern Miss on the afternoon, 476 total yards to 233. USM was
held scoreless through the first three quarters of action, allowing the
Pirates to take a 55-0 lead into the final frame. ECU will have an open week
before its Nov. 2 visit to FIU.
FIU: The Panthers (1-5, 1-2) had an open week after their 27-24 loss to UAB.
They return to action this Saturday as they are set to host Louisiana Tech at
FLORIDA ATLANTIC: The Owls (2-5, 1-4) had a bye week after their close, 24-23,
loss to Marshall in week seven. They have a tough non-conference test at
nationally-ranked Auburn scheduled for Saturday.
LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2) let a 10-0 lead slip away and dropped
a 28-13 decision at home to North Texas, which dropped them below the .500
mark in league action. Ryan Higgins finished with 343 yards on 36-of-54
passing and rushed for a score while throwing two interceptions. Andrew
Guillot pulled in 10 passes for 99 yards. Kenneth Dixon carried the ball 12
times for just 25 yards. Louisiana Tech's defense played strong in the opening
half, allowing only one offensive touchdown. Higgins had one of his picks
returned for a touchdown and the offense was held scoreless for a span of
23:46. The Bulldogs will try to avoid consecutive losses as they travel to
Miami to challenge FIU.
MARSHALL: The Thundering Herd (4-2, 2-0) had a bye week after their one-point
win at FAU on Oct. 12. They will visit Middle Tennessee on Thursday night with
a perfect 2-0 league record.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE: The Blue Raiders (3-4, 1-2) had an open week after suffering
a 27-point setback at North Texas in week seven. They will look to snap their
three-game losing slide on Thursday when they host Marshall.
NORTH TEXAS: Despite trailing 10-0 as time in the first half winded down,
North Texas (4-3, 2-1) survived its trip to Ruston as it defeated Louisiana
Tech, 28-13, for its second win in a row. Derek Thompson led the Mean Green as
he passed for 221 yards and a touchdown to go along with a rushing score.
Brelan Chancellor caught five passes for 95 yards and a score. Brandin Byrd
ran the ball 14 times for 71 yards and a touchdown and Antoinne Jimmerson
rushed for 50 yards on 14 carries. Zac Whitfield made a big play as he
returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter
to give the team its first lead at 14-10. UNT had not won back-to-back games
since the 2004 season, a 102-game span. After having just 72 yards of total
offense in the first quarter and 173 for the first half, the Mean Green
exploded for 155 yards in the decisive third quarter. UNT will look for its
third straight decision on Saturday when it takes on Southern Miss in
RICE: Charles Ross tallied a career-high 167 rushing yards to power the Owls
(5-2, 4-0) to a 45-19 rout of New Mexico State in their non-conference finale.
Ross rushed 26 times and averaged 6.4 yards per carry for Rice, as it notched
its fourth win in a row and improved to 2-2 in non-conference action. Taylor
McHargue added 90 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in addition to 89
passing yards on 8-of-14 efficiency. Dennis Parks tied his career-high with
three catches en route to a team-high 51 yards. The Owls finished the game
with 515 yards of total offense, while NMSU produced only 328 total offensive
yards. Rice also held a 27-11 edge in first downs and held possession of the
ball for over 39 minutes. They will try to stay perfect in C-USA action on
Saturday when they host Texas-El Paso.
SOUTHERN MISS: The Golden Eagles (0-6, 0-2) lost their 18th consecutive game
dating back to the 2011 season as they were dismantled in a 55-14 loss to East
Carolina in Greenville. USM was held scoreless through the first three
quarters, which allowed the Pirates to build a sizeable 55-0 lead prior to the
fourth quarter. ECU outgained Southern Miss on the game, 476 total yards to
233. Nick Mullens had 97 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 9-of-17
passing. He replaced an ineffective Allan Bridgford, who was just 2-of-11 for
15 yards. Tyre Bracken was the team's top rusher with 44 yards on seven
carries. The Golden Eagles will try to stop their losing slide, which is tied
for the longest active losing streak in the FBS, on Saturday when they take on
North Texas at home.
TEXAS-EL PASO: The Miners (1-5, 0-3) had the week off after their 14-point
loss to Tulsa on Oct. 12. They are hoping to snap a four-game losing streak
this Saturday when they visit Rice for an in-state duel.
TULANE: The Green Wave (5-2, 3-0) took their perfect league record and three-
game winning streak into a bye. They hope to continue their hot streak on
Saturday when Tulsa intrudes the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for C-USA action.
TULSA: The Golden Hurricane (2-4, 1-1) had the week off following their 34-20
win at UTEP on Oct. 12. The defending conference champions will try to spoil
Tulane's perfect league record in New Orleans on Saturday.
TX-SAN ANTONIO: The Roadrunners (2-5, 1-2) had a much needed week off after
losing to Rice by six points on Oct. 12 to have their losing streak extended
to three games. UTSA will try to turn things around this week as it hosts UAB
at the Alamodome.
UAB: After building some momentum with a three-point win at FIU, UAB (2-4,
1-1) had an open week. It will try to climb over the .500 mark versus league
foes this Saturday when it challenges UTSA at the Alamodome.
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