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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
EAST CAROLINA: Shane Carden passed for 158 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted three times as the Pirates (2-1) were defeated, 15-10, in a non- conference matchup with Virginia Tech at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ECU moved the ball at will on its 75-yard opening drive that resulted in a touchdown on the fifth play, but it finished the game with a season-low 204 yards of total offense. Virginia Tech recorded seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss to frustrate ECU's attack. Vintavious Cooper accounted for 28 of the team's 46 rushing yards. Justin Hardy caught a team-high six passes for 31 yards to extend his streak of games with three or more receptions to 26. The Pirates have a bye this week before their road game on Sept. 28 against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
FIU: The Panthers (0-3) continued to struggle in the post-Mario Cristobal era as they lost, 34-13, to FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman in Miami. FIU was limited to just nine first downs and 229 yards of total offense by the Wildcats, who amassed 349 yards of offense with 311 of them coming on the ground. Jake Medlock passed for 149 yards on 9-of-15 efficiency with one touchdown and an interception. Medlock was also sacked four times. T.J. Lowder made six catches for 125 yards and a score in the setback. Markeith Russell paced the team with 14 total tackles. FIU will try to upset Louisville on the road on Saturday.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC: The Owls (1-2) notched their first win of the campaign as they upset South Florida, 28-10, at Raymond James Stadium. FAU scored a pair of defensive touchdowns on a 10-yard fumble return by Cory Henry and a 75-yard interception return by D'Joun Smith. Jaquez Johnson completed 10-of-17 pass attempts for 98 yards and also rushed for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jonathan Wallace also rushed for two scores while adding 65 yards on 13 carries. Daniel McKinney hauled in six passes for 42 yards. FAU will try to pick up its first-ever C-USA decision on Saturday when it hosts Middle Tennessee.
LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs (1-2) had an unfriendly welcome into the C-USA and fell, 24-15, at home to Tulane on Thursday. Tevin King had 14 carries for 88 yards and added 40 yards receiving on three catches for Louisiana Tech, which took a 9-7 lead into halftime but was held out of the end zone until there were just under four minutes remaining in regulation. Starting quarterback Scotty Young went 9-of-28 for 108 yards, but suffered a rib injury late in the first half and didn't return from the locker room after the break. Young's injury put freshman Ryan Higgins on the field for the first time in his career. Higgins completed 7-of-16 attempts for 57 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Tevin King gained 88 yards on 14 carries in the loss. Louisiana Tech returns to its non-conference slate on Saturday when it plays Kansas on the road.
MARSHALL: The Thundering Herd (2-1) could not overcome their four turnovers or their failure to register any takeaways and lost, 34-31, to rival Ohio for the third straight year in the Battle for the Bell series. Rakeem Cato extended his streak of games with a touchdown pass to 21 as he went 30-of-45 for a season-high 366 yards. He finished with one passing and running touchdown and an interception, while Tommy Shuler (95 yards) and Demetrius Evans (59 yards) each brought in nine passes. Gator Hoskins had four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown for Marshall, which out-gained Ohio, 482-335 in total yards. MU will try to pick up its first road win this Saturday when it visits Blacksburg for a bout with Virginia Tech.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE: Cody Clark connected on a 40-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter and the defense stopped the Tigers, as Middle Tennessee defeated Memphis, 17-15, at Floyd Stadium. Logan Kilgore completed 23-of-36 pass attempts for 224 yards with a touchdown an interception. MT allowed the Tigers to score 12-straight points before Clark's game-winning kick. Memphis gained 350 yards of total offense to the Blue Raiders' total of 284, but interceptions by T.T. Barber and Kevin Gilstrap kept MT's chance of winning alive. Jordan Parker rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and Tavarres Jefferson caught seven passes for 78 yards. The Blue Raiders will make their C-USA debut on Saturday at FAU.
NORTH TEXAS: Derek Thompson passed for 274 yards and added 72 more on the ground as he led the Mean Green (2-1) to a 34-27 comeback victory over Ball State in a non-conference bout at Apogee Stadium. Thompson completed 31-of-47 pass attempts and averaged 12 yards per carry for NT, which trailed by 11 points in the second quarter and for 47 minutes of the game. Brelan Chancellor and Darnell Smith both made nine receptions in the win. Chancellor finished with a team-best 88 yards and a touchdown, while Smith amassed 64 yards. Brandin Byrd and Reggie Pegram combined for 144 yards on the ground. Zachary Orr paced the defense with 11 total tackles, one stop for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. NT held a narrow, 505-496 edge in total yards of offense in the shootout despite running 26 more plays and picking up 31 first downs to BSU's 19. The Mean Green will conclude their non-conference slate against Georgia in Athens this Saturday.
RICE: The Owls (1-1) scored 10 points and held Kansas scoreless in the fourth quarter to secure a 23-14 victory over the Jayhawks in a non-conference matchup at Rice Stadium. Charles Ross racked up a career-high 157 rushing yards and a late touchdown. Taylor McHargue completed only 14-of-31 pass attempts for 169 yards and was picked off twice. Senior linebacker Michael Kutzler scored a defensive touchdown on a 52-yard interception return for Rice's first score of the day. The Owls' defense limited Kansas to only 270 yards of total offense and registered three sacks on Jayhawks' QB Jake Heaps. The Owls will play their crosstown rival Houston this Saturday at Reliant Stadium.
SOUTHERN MISS: The Golden Eagles (0-3) suffered their 15th consecutive loss as they were handed a 24-3 setback by Arkansas at Razorback Stadium. Jalen Richard had 94 yards on 14 carries, but Southern Miss finished with only 254 yards of total offense for the game. Arkansas gained more yards on the ground (258) than USM gained altogether on offense for the game. Allan Bridgeford connected on 17-of-33 pass attempts for 133 yard. Alan Howze set a career-high with 16 total tackles. DeBarrius Miller recorded 12 stops to make it two games in a row with double-digit tackles. USM has a week off before it plays Boise State on the blue turf on Sept. 28.
TEXAS-EL PASO: The Miners (1-1) ran for 293 yards and five touchdowns as the they posted a 42-21 win over New Mexico State in the 91st edition of the Battle of I-10 rivalry. UTEP was held to just 49 rushing yards in the first half before it erupted in the final 30 minutes. Aaron Jones picked up 97 yards on the ground and fellow freshman Darrin Laufasa gained 74. Jameill Showers completed 18-of-28 passes for 253 yards for UTEP, and Jordan Leslie had seven catches for 103 yards. Ian Hamilton also had strong contribution to the passing game with six receptions for 81 yards. Now with his first career win out of the way, Sean Kugler will aim for number two as the Miners host Texas- San Antonio on Saturday.
TULANE: Nick Montana threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Green Wave (2-1) to a 24-15 win over Louisiana Tech in the team's conference opener. Tulane outscored the Bulldogs 17-6 over the final 30 minutes. Orleans Darkwa ran the ball 20 times for 68 yards and a touchdown and Rob Kelley tallied 87 yards on the ground on nine rushes. The victory snapped an 11-game road losing streak. The defense stepped up and registered a pair of takeaways. All- American PK Cairo Santos was perfect on the day with a 51-yard field goal and three PATs. He has now converted each of his last 25 field goals and 37 PATs dating back to last season. The Green Wave will step out of conference play to battle the Orange at Syracuse on Saturday.
TULSA: The Golden Hurricane (1-2) fell below the .500 mark after falling 51-20 to No. 14 Oklahoma in Norman. The Sooners racked up 607 yards of total offense to 321 for Tulsa. Oklahoma scored on its first five drives of the game and went 12-of-16 on third-down conversions. Cody Green completed just 17-of-33 attempts for 226 passing yards with an interception. Trey Watts led the Golden Hurricane on the ground with 60 yards and a touchdown. Senior linebacker Shawn Jackson had a milestone day as he brought his career tackles for loss total up to 40.5, which gives him sole possession of the school record. Jackson finished with 15 total tackles. Tulsa has a bye week before its Sept. 26 meeting with Iowa State.
TX-SAN ANTONIO: The Roadrunners (1-2) were overpowered for the second straight week and suffered a 38-13 loss at Arizona in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Eric Soza completed 30-of-46 passes for 277 yards with one interception for UTSA, which held an early 3-0 lead before the Wildcats scored 17 consecutive points to pull away. David Glasco II had a productive outing, rushing 10 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Freeman led the Roadrunners' receivers with six catches for 57 yards. Triston Wade anchored the defense with 12 tackles, 11 of which were solo stops. UTSA will have its inaugural C-USA competition on Saturday when it plays UTEP at the Sun Bowl.
UAB: The Blazers (0-2) had a bye week after losing their first two games of the campaign. They will have their 2013 home opener against Northwestern State on Saturday.
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