C-USA Football Scoreboard: A victorious day for the home teams


12. 2408. 10. 2385. Final

This game kicked the C-USA football weekend off on Thursday, and boy was it ugly. Six total points in the first half (all belonging to the ‘Runners) only to be answered by 10 consecutive points by Southern Miss to actually take a lead, but a

Sean Ianno

38-yard field goal with two seconds to play barely lifted the Roadrunners. Needless to say, the Hilltoppers should be excited they have to come to Smith Stadium next week.

Each week I think, maybe this is the week a team contains the Herd. And, each week, I’m in shock with how the Herd completely come alive in the second half. Rice saw a six game win streak come to an end and Marshall clinched the C-USA Eastern Division and moved to 10-0 on the year. A 20-7 game at halftime (still

kind of

close, right?) would result in three straight Marshall scores before Rice answered with their lone second half score with 5:16 to play.

Driphus Jackson

threw for 99 yards and the Owls only ran for 81, while

Rakeem Cato

tossed 297 yards and four touchdowns, while

Devon Johnson

had 199 of Marshall’s 284 rushing yards. If the Tops don’t clinch bowl eligibility next week, that’s it. Just go ahead and draw it up a loss.

The MTBR’s were hoping to become bowl eligible, but instead they fell to 5-5 on the year and dropped just their second C-USA game of the year, as FIU came back from a 21-3 deficit to win the ballgame. MTSU nearly pulled off a comeback of their own, as they made it 31-28, but an Anthon Samuel run with 2:15 to play in the third quarter put the game out of reach. Yes, this was a shutout on both sides in the final 15. Both quarterbacks had a fun day though, as Austin Grammer threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns (three interceptions as well), and Alex McGough threw 231 yards and three scores as well.

The Miners become bowl eligible after putting up 28 points in the first half and cruising at home against North Texas.

Jameill Showers

and the passing offense for UTEP only put up 87 yards, but

Aaron Jones

rushed for 177 and twotouchdowns while

Nathan Jeffery

picked up three on the ground as UTEP ran for 351 yards.

Leon Allen

broke a C-USA record that’s stood since 2007, as he rushed for 345 yards, which is the most in any C-USA football game ever. The previous record holder was

Matt Forte

, now playing on Sundays.

Brandon Doughty

threw for 178 yards, which seems low, but when your running back has nearly 400 yards, it’ll do. And, for what it’s worth, Doughty also tossed a trio of scores. Not even the nation’s sixth best rushing attack could outrun what Allen did on the day, as the Army triple option hung 293 yards on the Tops defense. WKU now needs a win next week to be eligible for a bowl game for the fourth year in a row.