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Conference USA Football Week 11 Recap

NCAA Football: Louisiana Tech at North Texas Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports

Rice 22 Charlotte 21

Tyler Stehling threw for 279 yards and a late fourth quarter go-ahead touchdown to help Rice knock off Charlotte. The 49ers jumped out to a 21-0 lead after a 41 yard interception returned for a touchdown by Terrance Whinchester. Rice then scored 22 straight points to pull off their first C-USA win of the season. Rice improves to 2-8 overall and will host UTEP next week. Charlotte drops to 4-6 overall and will host Middle Tennessee next week.

LA Tech 63 UTSA 35

LA Tech secured first place in the C-USA West as they had no trouble dropping UTSA. Carlos Henderson scored three touchdowns, the third was a 14-yard TD run to put the Bulldogs up 35-7 late in the first half. He returned the opening kickoff 90-yards for a score. UTSA was held to just 310 yards of total offense, and piled up 92 penalty yards. Ryan Higgins threw for 293 yards and four scores for LA Tech who has won seven straight and improves to 8-3 overall and 6-1 in C-USA West and will have a bye next week. UTSA (5-5, 4-3) will play at Texas A&M next week.

Western Kentucky 45 North Texas 7

WKU continues to quietly roll as they won their fifth straight in a 45-7 blowout over North Texas. Mike White threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns for the Tops who improve to 8-3 overall, and hold a game lead over Old Dominion for first place in the C-USA East. WKU’s defense forced a pair of turnovers and held the Mean Green to just 232 total yards of offense. WKU will have a bye next week. North Texas’ record drops to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in C-USA play and will host Southern Miss next week.

Old Dominion 51 Southern Miss 35

Minus Nick Mullens, Southern Miss continues their downward spiral with a shocking loss to Old Dominion. The Golden Eagles turned it over five times on offense and trailed 42-7 after a 67-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Cox. ODU only had 320 yards of offense, but cashed in on turnovers to improve to 7-3 overall and are a game behind WKU in the C-USA East. The Monarchs will travel to FAU next week. Southern Miss drops their second straight game and falls to 5-5 overall and 3-3 in C-USA play.

FAU 35 UTEP 31

UTEP led 31-20 with 7:34 left in the game, but FAU engineered two late scoring drives to pull off a comeback win. Jeff Driskel threw for 233 yards, and led a 96-yard touchdown drive capped off by 7-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds left to grab a late lead. Aaron Jones ran for 229 yards, but the Miner defense could not stop FAU in the final seven minutes. UTEP is knocked out of the bowl picture as they drop to 3-7. FAU improves to 3-7 on the season.

Marshall 42 Middle Tennessee 17

Marshall trailed 17-14 at halftime, but shutout Middle in the second half, and put together four second half scoring drives for a much needed win. Chase Litton threw four touchdown passes leading the Herd to 453 total yards. Marshall ran for 207 yards led by Anthony Anderson who ran for 109, Tony Pittman added 88 yards. The Blue Raiders were without stud quarterback Brent Stockstill who out of the year with injury and have lost two straight to drop their record to 6-4 overall, and 3-3 in conference play. Marshall is now 3-7, and 2-4 in C-USA play.