C-USA Football scoreboard: Home teams rule the day


It was a day which saw every home team win in conference play, and the lone C-USA school not in conference play got the victory on the road. We know we’re a day late, but here’s our week sseven C-USA football scoreboard.

It was a battle of early season C-USA giants, and the Herd stood tall when the day was done, earning them a spot in the AP Top 25 polls. Rakeem Cato threw for 337 and three scores, two of them going to Craig Wilkins, while Devon Johnson ran for three more, eclipsing 130 yards in the process. Austin Grammer threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns, while Jordan Parker ran for 100 yards as well, but the Herd are hard to stop, and hopefully the Tops wont need a W against them to become bowl eligible.

In a game that featured a future Hilltopper opponent, the defending conference champions put up 34 points in the second and third quarter combined and put up nearly 400 yards of total offense to defeat Army. Owl QB Driphus Jackson had himself a 209 yard passing day, complete with three touchdowns, and a different Owl caught or rushed for a touchdown each time. Army was able to move the ball, finishing with 341 yards of offense, but couldn’t keep up with the scoring of Rice.

The Blazers scored four times before North Texas could, and scored double digit points in every quarter but the fourth en route to the blowout home win. Cody Clements tossed two touchdowns for 316 yards, with 104 of them going to Jamarcus Nelson. The Blazers are proving that they could be for real this year.

The closet game of the weekend around the conference saw UTSA get back on the right track, as they recorded their first conference win of the year, while handing FIU their first conference loss of the year. FIU’s defense did their job, forcing UTSA to settle for field goals, but the Panther offense couldn’t find the endzone, and let a 13-10 lead slip by. Both Alex McGough and Austin Robinson threw for over 140 yards, and the UTSA offense outgained FIU 317-259.

Another close game, but this one was decided by a touchdown. The Miners also won their first conference game of the year, and played from behind the entire afternoon, but nearly pulled off the upset. UTEP widely won the total offense battle, 465-357, but did most of the damage on the ground, as Monarch QB Taylor Heinicke out-threw Jameill Showers, by passing for 196 yards and three touchdowns. UTEP did have 103 yards rushing from Aaron Jones, as well as three rushing TDs from Josh Bell, while Autrey Golden was the only miner to catch a touchdown pass, doing so twice.

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Next week will see UTSA, UAB, MTSU, Marshall, FIU and North Texas back in action, while FAU, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and, of course, the Hilltoppers return to the field following bye weeks.