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Conference USA Football Week 12 Recap

NCAA Football: Texas-San Antonio at Texas A&M Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

#25 Texas A&M 23 UTSA 10

UTSA held their own against Texas A&M, but they did not have an answer for future NFL-er Myles Garrett who racked up 4.5 sacks for the Aggies. UTSA was one or two plays away from making things even more interesting, but went 6-of-17 on third downs, and only gained 252 total yards of offense. UTSA was only down 16-7 at halftime, but only managed a field goal in the second half. The Runners are now 5-6 and will play for their first ever shot a bowl appearance next week at home against Charlotte.

Rice 44 UTEP 24

Rice scored 34 unanswered first half points, and simply rolled UTEP for their second straight win. Destri White picked off Ryan Metz and it took back to the house 23 yards which put Rice up 34-3 with 1:30 left until halftime. The Rice defense forced five UTEP three-and-outs, and held the Miners to just 232 total yards of offense. Jackson Tyner threw two touchdowns and caught another in relief of the injured Tyler Stehling, while Jowan Davis ran for 84 yards and a touchdown. UTEP drops to 3-8 and will host North Texas next week. Rice ends their season next week at Stanford.

Middle Tennessee 38 Charlotte 31

Middle Tennessee’s Ty Lee broke off a 61-yard touchdown run with a little more than a minute left in the game to dash Charlotte’s bowl hopes. Middle ran for 221 yards, 101 of those rush yards coming from I’Tavius Mathers. John Urzua threw four touchdown passes for the Blue Raiders who improve to 7-4 overall, and 4-3 in conference play. The Blue Raiders were up 24-6 at one point, but the 49ers scored 17-unanswered points to tie the game at 31 with 4:53 left in the game. Haasan Klugh accounted for four Charlotte touchdowns, but the 49ers were 4-of-20 on their third down conversion tries. Charlotte finishes their next season at UTSA, while MTSU hosts FAU.

North Texas 29 Southern Miss 23

North Texas nearly blew a 20-0 lead, but their defense stepped up big down the stretch to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Mean Green took a 20-7 lead into the halftime break, then Ito Smith and George Payne tied things up at 20 with touchdown runs. Nate Brooks had two interceptions for North Texas, including the game winner in the final minute of the game. Willy Ivery ran for 111 yards and a touchdown for North Texas (5-6) who will play for a shot at a bowl next week at UTEP. Southern Miss (5-6) will be in the same situation against LA Tech next Friday.

Old Dominion 42 FAU 24

FAU jumped out to a 14-3 first quarter lead, but ODU quarterback David Washington had himself a ballgame. Washington threw for 411 yards and five touchdowns to give ODU their 8th win of the season. Zach Pascal caught nine passes for 178 yards, while Jonathan Duhart caught three touchdown passes. ODU (8-3, 6-1), will host FIU next week, FAU drops to 3-8 overall and face Middle Tennessee on the road next week.

FIU 31 Marshall 14

Anthony Jones, and Alex Gardner each ran for 100 yards to drop Marshall. Jones ran for 121 yards, while Gardner added 119 yards and two touchdowns. Jones lone touchdown of the day put FIU up 24-7 with 6:04 left in the fourth quarter. Marshall drops to 3-8 overall and will host WKU next week. FIU (4-7, 4-3) will travel to Old Dominion next week.