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Conference USA Football Week Seven Recap

WKU 44 Middle Tennessee 43 (2OT)

In a double overtime thriller that was a back-and-forth battle from the opening kickoff. The 2016 version of the 100 Miles of Hate rivalry was decided by a blocked extra point in double overtime. Deon Yelder blocked an extra point in the second overtime, then Ace Wales ran in a 1-yard score with the extra point from Skyler Simcox snapping the Tops two game losing skid. Wales ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns for WKU. Mike White threw for 391 yards, Taywan Taylor caught 12 passes for 197 yards for the victorious Tops. Brent Stockstill threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns for MTSU who is now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the C-USA East, and will play at Missouri next week. WKU improves to 4-3, and 2-1 and will host Old Dominion next week.

LA Tech 56 UMass 28

LA Tech turned a 28-21 third quarter lead into a fourth quarter rout with some big plays to down UMass on the road at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. LA Tech wide out Carlos Henderson caught 12 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns (that’s not a typo). Henderson had touchdown catches of 50, 42, and 83 against the UMass defense that gave up 690 yards of LA Tech total offense. Ryan Higgins finished with 484 yards passing and all five of his touchdowns were to Henderson. The Bulldogs have won three straight games and sit 2-1 in an early four way tie for first place in the C-USA West. LA Tech travels to FIU next week.

FIU 27 Charlotte 26

Alex McGough found Jonnu Smith for a go-ahead touchdown with 1:05 left in the game helping FIU squeak past Charlotte. McGough threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns, also running in another score on the ground. Kalif Phillips ran for 99 yards, and quarterback Hasaan Klugh added 95 yards on the ground for Charlotte who led 26-13 with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. The 49ers (2-5, 1-2) travel to Marshall next week. FIU has now won three straight since firing Ron Tuner and is 3-0 sitting up-top the C-USA East.

Marshall 27 FAU 21

A 14-play, 80 yard Marshall scoring drive in the final minute capped off a by a Keion Davis 1-yard touchdown run lifted Marshall over FAU. Greg Howell sent FAU into the locker rooms with a 21-16 halftime lead with a late second half touchdown run. Howell ran for 108 yards, Devin Singletary ran for 111 yards for FAU who turned it over twice. Chase Litton threw for 330 yards, 128 of those to Josh Knight as he hauled in eight catches and a touchdown. Marshall ups their record to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in C-USA play and will host Charlotte next week. FAU has dropped six straight and will have a bye next week.

UTSA 14 Rice 13

UTSA jumped out to a 14-6 lead early in the second quarter with a pair of long touchdown passes from Dalton Sturm to Josh Stewart. Rice would shut out the Runners in the second half, but could not figure out UTSA’s defense failing on multiple chances to grab the lead in the fourth quarter including a missed field goal in the final two minutes. UTSA kept Rice’s run game in check, and forced the Owls into an 8-of-17 mark on third down conversions. Sturm finished the night with 220 yards through the air. Rice out-gained UTSA 351-334, but drop to 0-6 on the season and will host Prairie View A&M next week. UTSA improves to a surprising 3-3, and 2-1 mark in the wide open C-USA West race and plays UTEP in the Alamodome next week.

LSU 45 Southern Miss 10

LSU broke up a 10-10 tie in the second quarter with four touchdowns all 20-yards or longer before halftime to bury Southern Miss in Death Valley. Southern Miss got on the board first with an early touchdown drive, but were held to just 242 total yards of offense. Derrius Guice ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns for LSU. Southern Miss is 4-3 overall and 2-1 in C-USA play and will enjoy a bye next week.