Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 5.
|Team||Week 5||Result||Week 6|
|Charlotte||at FAU||L, 21-17||at North Texas|
|FAU||vs Charlotte||W, 21-17||at USM|
|FIU||— OFF —||—||vs MTSU|
|LA Tech||at BYU||L, 45-14||vs UTEP|
|Marshall||— OFF —||—||at WKU|
|MTSU||vs WKU||L, 20-17||at FIU|
|North Texas||vs USM||L, 41-31||vs Charlotte|
|Rice||— OFF —||—||— OFF —|
|Southern Miss||at North Texas||W, 41-31||vs FAU|
|UAB||vs UTSA||W, 21-13||— OFF —|
|UTEP||— OFF —||—||at LA Tech|
|UTSA||at UAB||L, 21-13||at BYU|
|WKU||at MTSU||W, 20-17||vs Marshall|
Notable Week 5 results – Standings
Roadrunners red-hot start runs out
UTSA turned heads with a 3-0 start. Victories over Texas State, SFA and a winless Middle Tenneesse shouldn’t be discounted, 3-0 is 3-0, but Saturday’s result proves Jeff Traylor’s work isn’t quite finished in San Antonio. Losing another quarterback, this time Josh Adkins, and still finding a way to stick around against one of C-USA’s should add some positive spin to the loss.
Third quarter explosion powers FAU past Charlotte
It was a rocky start for Willie Taggart in his FAU debut. The Owls were shut out in the first half, trailing Charlotte 10-0 at half time at home. Then Nick Tronti kicked things into gear, springing a 49-yard touchdown run of his own with subsequent touchdown passes to Logan Peterson and T.J. Chase to put FAU ahead for good. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a win.
North Texas has a defense problem
Standout wide receiver Tim Jones was available for Southern Miss against North Texas in Week 5 and quarterback Jack Abraham was limited to 16-of-30 passing, but the Golden Eagles still hung 41 points against a porous North Texas defense that’s allowed at least 31 points in all three games. It won’t matter how good quarterback Austin Aune is if he’s always playing catch up.
Week 6 storylines
On the lookout for win number one
12 Conference USA teams have played and three (FIU, Charlotte and Middle Tennessee) are still looking for their first win. FIU and Middle Tennessee play each other next weekend, meaning one of that pair is guaranteed to exit the ranks of the winless soon.
BYU continues their C-USA tour
BYU posted a rather convincing win over Louisiana Tech in Week 4 in the first of three games against Conference USA opponents. They’ll get UTSA in Week 5 and take on Western Kentucky on Halloween. If the first pairing was any indication, the UTSA defense had best buckle up before the weekend.
Delayed, but not defeated
Rice football would have opened their conference slate next weekend, but the delayed start of fall camp forced the postponement of those games. Rice has returned to practice, holding their first scrimmage this past week. With FAU getting underway this past week, the conference’s other Owls are the only team awaiting their first game.
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