Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
EAST CAROLINA: The Pirates (6-4, 5-1) bounced back with a 48-28 victory over
the Houston Cougars at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Shane Carden threw four
touchdown passes in the first half and finished with 305 yards on 31-of-43
efficiency. Danny Webster was the recipient of three of Carden's four scoring
passes and finished with six catches for 46 yards. Vintavious Cooper continued
to produce out of the backfield, gaining a team-high 140 yards and a touchdown
on 33 carries for his third consecutive 100-yard game. Derrel Johnson made an
impact up front with two sacks and TFLs. East Carolina, which now is bowl
eligible, plays its final road game of the season at Tulane next Saturday.
HOUSTON: The Cougars (4-5, 3-2, were held under 30 points for the first time
since Sept. 15 as they fell 48-28 to ECU in Greenville. Houston gained 369
yards of total offense and allowed the Pirates to amass 550 yards. David
Piland managed to throw for 341 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-51 passing
with one interception. Mark Roberts made a team-high five receptions for 62
yards with a score and Isaiah Sweeney reeled in three passes for 93 yards a
touchdown. The conference's leading rusher, Charles Sims, only carried the
ball five times for a total of 33 yards. Trevon Stewart anchored the defense
with 21 total stops. The Cougars return to the Lone Star State to host Texas
MARSHALL: The Thundering Herd (4-5, 3-2) started their late rally for bowl
eligibility by downing Memphis, 38-28, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Rakeem Cato
registered his 500th career completion as Marshall gained 433 yards of total
offense. Cato finished 34-of-44 for 341 yards and four TDs. Devon Johnson made
the first touchdown catch of his career and Antavious Wilson gained a team-
best 61 yards on seven receptions. MU's offense went 6-o-12 on third downs in
the contest. Billy Mitchell recorded a team-high 13 tackles. The Herd head to
Birmingham this weekend to battle UAB.
MEMPHIS: The Tigers (1-8, 1-4) lost their fourth game in a row as they were
bested, 38-28, by the Marshall Thundering Herd in Huntington. Coach Justin
Fuente's team had its second best offensive performance of the season with 372
yards of total offense, but two lost fumbles hindered the attack. Jacob Karam
went 21-of-31 for 170 yards and a TD. Brandon Haynes paced the rushing attack
with 60 yards on 22 carries. Memphis tries to end its losing skid when it
returns home to host Tulane.
RICE: The Owls (4-6, 2-4) picked up their second consecutive victory by
outlasting Tulane in a 49-47 shootout at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Rice
amassed 482 yards of total offense as it held on to its 28-10 halftime lead
for the win. Taylor McHargue went 12-of-20 for 259 yards through the air and
also rushed for 60 yards and two sores. Charles Ross picked up 95 yards and a
TD on 20 carries. Luke Turner dashed into the end zone twice in the fourth
quarter to help seal the triumph. The Owls need to win both of their final two
contests to become bowl eligible. The first of which is this Saturday at home
SMU: The Mustangs (4-5, 3-2) were unable to stop the Knights' rushing attack
which led to a 42-17 setback at UCF. SMU was shut down and held to 259 yards
of total offense, while allowing UCF to pick up 396 yards including 244 on the
ground. Zach Line moved into second place in school history by rushing for 96
yards. Graham Gilbert went 16-of-29 for 133 yards and was sacked three times.
Gilbert managed to rush for two touchdowns. Jay Scott paced the defensive unit
with 10 total stops. SMU returns home to host Southern Miss on Saturday.
SOUTHERN MISS: The Golden Eagles (0-9, 0-5) failed yet again as they were
defeated 27-19 by the UAB Blazers in Hattiesburg. USM was held under 300 yards
of total offense for the fourth time this season and turned the ball over
three times in the loss. The Golden Eagles seemed the be on pace for their
first win with a 16-0 halftime lead, but had a horrendous second half. Anthony
Alford went 10-of-26 for 112 yards with an interception and rushed for 45
yards and a score on 14 carries. Jalen Richard gained a team-high 82 yards and
a touchdown on nine attempts. Jamie Collins did his best on the defensive side
of the ball with nine total stops, three sacks, four tackles for loss, and two
forced fumbles. The Golden Eagles try to end their nine-game losing slide on
Saturday when they fly into the Lone Star State to play SMU.
TEXAS-EL PASO: The Miners (2-7, 1-4) had a bye week after losing to Houston,
45-35, on Nov. 11. They host UCF in the first of their final three games on
TULANE: The Green Wave (2-7, 2-3) were highly productive on the offensive end
but came up just short and dropped 49-47 decision to Rice in a shootout in the
Big Easy. Tulane had its second highest offensive output with 476 yards and 47
points. Ryan Griffin set the school record for passing yards in a single game
for the second consecutive week with 476 yards on 28-of-49 efficiency. Griffin
also produced four touchdown passes and two interceptions. Rob Kelly pulled in
eight receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown, Ryan Grant caught five passes
for 176 yards, and Xavier Rush roped in five catches for 96 yards and a score.
Ryan Travis made an impact on the defensive side of the ball by returning an
interception 73 yards for six points. Tulane will try to rebound on Saturday
at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium where it will take on Memphis.
TULSA: The Golden Hurricane (7-2, 5-0) had their seven-game winning streak
snapped in a 19-15 loss at Arkansas. Tulsa led in the fourth quarter but could
not counter Dennis Johnson's go-ahead touchdown run which put the Razorbacks
up with 10:08 left to play. Cody Green went 22-of-37 for 222 yards and Trey
Watts gained 81 yards on a touchdown on 19 carries. Senior safety Dexter
McCoil improved his school record total of interceptions to 16 in the loss.
Tulsa will try to protect its perfect as it travels to Houston to play the
Cougars on Saturday.
UAB: The Blazers (2-7, 1-4) ended their three-game losing slide by completing
a second half comeback against Southern Miss to claim a 27-19 victory. UAB won
the second half 27-3 for its first league win of the year. Darris Reaves led
the way by gaining a career-high 223 yards and two TDs on 35 carries. Austin
Brown amassed 228 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-29 passing. Marvin Burdette
paced the defense with 11 tackles and a forced fumble. UAB returns home to
Legion Field to host Marshall on Saturday.
UCF: The Knights (7-2, 5-0) reeled off their fifth win in a row by knocking
off SMU, 42-17, to remain on track to host the conference championship game.
UCF was very efficient on third downs, converting 7-of-10. Blake Bortles
produced three total touchdowns, completed 10-of-15 passes for 110 yards, and
rushed for 33 yards. Latavius Murray eclipsed the century mark for the third
game in a row by racking up 155 yards and two TDs on 23 carries. Former QB
Jeff Godfrey threw a 28-yard touchdown pass on a trick play to Murray. Breshad
Perriman made his first career touchdown reception in the win. The Knights
will try to keep their one-game lead over ECU intact when they travel to El-
Paso to face the Miners.
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