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Conference USA Football Week One Recap

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A look across some scores from around the conference in week one.

NCAA Football: Southern Mississippi at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

WKU 46 Rice 14

No Brandon Doughty, no problem for the Tops. Mike White threw for 517 yards, and Nicholas Norris added 147 yards receiving and two touchdowns as WKU blew past Rice on Thursday. WKU faces Alabama next week, while Rice gets Army.

Indiana 34 FIU 13

FIU took a 13-12 edge into the fourth quarter, but Indiana reeled off 22 unanswered points in fourth quarter. Alex McGough threw for 263 yards, but threw two pick sixes. FIU hosts Maryland next week.

#19 Louisville 70 Charlotte 14

Louisville jumped out to a 56-0 halftime lead, and well...never looked back. Charlotte will return home next week to face FCS opponent Elon.

Arkansas 21 LA Tech 20

Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen hit Jeremy Sprinkle for a go-ahead four yard touchdown pass with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter to squeak past LA Tech 21-20. LA Tech took a 20-14 lead into the fourth quarter, and quarterback J’Mar Smith threw for 212 yards, and the Bulldogs’ defense forced two turnovers. LA Tech has a home game next week with South Carolina State.

FAU 38 Southern Illinois 30

FAU quarterback Jason Driskel threw for 287 yards, and two touchdowns, while Gregory Howell rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns. SIU led 24-21 at halftime, but the Owls put together two touchdowns drives in the third quarter, and added a field goal in the fourth quarter to hold off SIU. FAU travels across the city to meet Miami next week.

Middle Tennessee 55 Alabama A&M 0

Brent Stockstill threw five touchdowns in the first half, and MTSU piled up 681 yards of total offense in an impressive opening season win. Middle Tennessee will play Tennessee rival Vanderbilt on the road next week.

SMU 34 North Texas 21

North Texas’ new offense showed some flashes of good, but three interceptions thrown by Alec Morris ended up being the difference as the Mean Green played from behind all night. SMU led 34-14 late in the fourth quarter, and racked up 572 yards of total offense. SMU also scored a touchdown on a 3rd-and-45 situation. North Texas welcomes Bethune-Cookman next week.

UTSA 26 Alabama State 13

Dalton Sturm appears to have won the quarterback battle over at UTSA, and threw for 274 yards, and ran for a 51-yard score to usher in the Frank Wilson era. UTSA’s defense was tough in the second half, as the Runners led 26-7 going into the fourth quarter. UTSA travels to Colorado State for week two.

Southern Miss. 44 Kentucky 35

Southern Miss trailed 35-10 with less than a minute left until halftime, but rattled off 44 straight unanswered points to stun Kentucky. Ito Smith ran for 173 yards, and George Payne also ran for 100-yards for the Golden Eagles who put up a balanced 520 yards of offense. Southern Miss will host Savannah State next week.

UTEP 38 NMSU 22

It was the welcome back Aaron Jones party as the junior ran for a FBS Saturday high of 249 yards and two touchdowns. UTEP’s defense kept NMSU in check, and the Miners got 200-plus passing yards from Zack Greenlee in his UTEP debut. UTEP will face Texas next week.