Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bilo's College Football PASS/FAIL Reports Week 6: Conference USA

Conference USA
PASS: UTSA, North Texas, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Charlotte
UTSA exploded for 28 points in the 1st quarter, and rolled over Southern Miss 55-32, the highest scoring output this season for the Roadrunners. Jalen Rhodes rushed for 165 yards on just 14 carries, and scored 3 TDs, averaging 11.8 yards per carry. Jarveon Williams also rushed for 122 yards and 2 more TDs in the win.
North Texas blew open a tight game in the second half, and beat Marshall 38-21 at home this week. UNT rolled up 458 yards, with 254 yards coming on the ground. UNT is now 2-1 in CUSA play under 1st year coach Seth Littrell.
FIU is now 2-0 since firing Ron Turner after beating UTEP 35-21. The Panthers snapped a 7 game road losing streak, and struggling QB Alex McGough passed for 241 yards and 3 TDs, after having tossed just 2 TDs all season. FIU is now 2-0 in CUSA play.
Ryan Higgins passed for 4 TDs, and more importantly, no INTs, as Louisiana Tech held off a furious 4th quarter rally to beat Western Kentucky 55-52. Carlos Henderson, returning from injury, caught 5 passes for 190 yards and 3 TDs, all in the 1st half for the Bulldogs.
Jeremy Cox rushed for 162 yards, and Ray Lawry added 88 more, as Old Dominion cruised to a 36-16 win over U Mass in a non con game at home. Lawry tied former QB Thomas DiMarco with his 30th career TD for ODU.
Charlotte beat FAU Sunday as a late 38 yard toss into the end zone was ruled incomplete on review, allowing the 49ers to escape with the win. Hasaan Klugh broke all his former high marks passing, as he tossed for 223 yards and 3 scores in the win for Charlotte.

FAIL: Southern Miss, Marshall, UTEP, Western Kentucky, FAU
Southern Miss, who has largely been the most disappointing team in CUSA this fall, turned the football over 3 times, and allowed UTSA to jump out to a 28 point 1st quarter. The Eagles were outrushed by 160 yards in the loss.
Marshall is in a freefall at this point, and is now just 1-4 overall. The Herd, who are an offensive super power most seasons, picked up just 271 yards in their most recent loss to North Texas. The wheels are completely off the wagon at this point.
UTEP lost their 5th straight game, and Aaron Jones rushed for just 73 yards in falling to FIU. The Miners also only converted 4/14 on 3rd downs.
Western Kentucky scored 21 points in the 4th quarter but their rally fell short in a 55-52 loss to Louisiana Tech. A late Mike White fumble cost the Hilltoppers, and offset a wonderful night for the QB.

FAU lost for the 5th consecutive game this week, dropping a 28-23 game to Charlotte as a last ditch hail Mary was ruled incomplete with the receiver out of bounds. A 3 TD effort by RB Gregory Howell, Jr. was wasted in the loss, and Jason Driskell has now tossed INTs in 5 of 6 games, all to 1st year defenders. 

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