EAST CAROLINA - The Pirates' defense failed to show up this past weekend, allowing Navy 521 yards and eight TDs on the ground in an embarrassing 76-35 loss. ECU (5-4) was down by just seven points at the half, but four fumbles in the third quarter resulted in 24 points for Navy, which pulled away from that point. Despite the setback, QB Dominique Davis had a record breaking day, completing 43-of-56 pass attempts for 413 yards and five TDs. Lance Lewis and Dwayne Harris each hauled in a pair of TDs, with Lewis finishing with 118 yards behind nine receptions. Losers of two straight, ECU gets right back at it with a Thursday night showdown at UAB this week.
MARSHALL - QB Brian Anderson tossed three TDs and the Thundering Herd earned a 31-17 win at UAB this past weekend. Anderson completed 25-of-41 pass attempts for 304 yards, as Marshall (3-6, 2-3) tallied its second win in a row. Lee Smith was Anderson's top target, snaring nine passes for 81 yards and a pair of TDs. Troy Evans also got involved with a rushing and receiving TD for Marshall, which possessed the ball for over 34 minutes thanks to a 10-of-20 effort on third downs. The Herd will try to continue its run versus Memphis this weekend.
MEMPHIS - The Tigers turned the ball over five times and gave up 509 yards of offense, as they were handled, 50-14, by Tennessee over the weekend. It marked the sixth straight loss for Memphis (1-8), which hasn't even been competitive over the last several weeks. QB Ryan Williams threw for 221 yards and a pair of TDs in the loss, but he was also picked twice. His main outlet was Marcus Rucker, who brought in five balls for 76 yards and two TDs. The struggling Tigers will return to action this weekend, when they tangle with Marshall.
SOUTHERN MISS - The Golden Eagles ran for 230 yards, as they pushed their way to a 46-30 win over Tulane this past weekend. Tracy Lampley scored on a 60- yard run for Southern Miss (6-3, 3-2), while Kendrick Hardy toted 14 times for 63 yards and a TD. QB Austin Davis added 40 yards on the ground, in addition to throwing for 102 yards and a TD. The defense also got involved, recording a safety and scoring on an Alexander Walters 41-yard fumble return. The Eagles face a stiff challenge this weekend with a visit to Orlando to face UCF.
UAB - The Blazers gave up a pair of TDs in the final 9:32, as they suffered a 31-17 loss to Marshall over the weekend. UAB (3-6, 2-3) managed just 318 yards of total offense, while going only 6-of-18 on third downs. QB Bryan Ellis led the team in defeat with 235 yards and two TDs through the air, though he completed only 20-of-44 pass attempts. Marvin Burdette turned in a tremendous effort for the defense, as he racked up 20 tackles. The Blazers will have a quick turnaround, as they continue their three-game homestand against East Carolina on Thursday.
UCF - QB Jeff Godfrey threw a pair of TDs and ran for another, lifting the Knights to a 40-33 win over Houston this past Friday. The freshman gunslinger completed 15-of-19 pass attempts for 294 yards, while leading the way with 105 yards and a score on the ground. Jamar Newsome had five receptions for 123 yards, and Latavius Murray ran for 78 yards and a TD on 11 carries. The Knights (7-2, 5-0) racked up 228 yards on the ground, as they possessed the ball for over 36 minutes. Winners of five straight, UCF will next clash with Southern Miss this weekend.
HOUSTON - QB David Piland threw for 334 yards and four TDs, but it wasn't enough for the Cougars in a 40-33 loss to UCF this past weekend. Piland completed 27-of-44 pass attempts, but was picked twice, one of which was returned for a TD. Houston (5-4, 3-2) also received a big effort from Patrick Edwards, who caught 10 balls for 162 yards and three TDs. Michael Hayes had 110 rushing yards on 20 carries for the Cougars, who saw their two-game win streak come to an end. Houston will conclude its home slate this weekend when it welcomes Southern Miss to town.
RICE - The Owls scored less than two minutes into the game before watching Tulsa rip off the next 41 points of the first half in a 64-27 setback over the weekend. Rice (2-7, 1-4) gave up 612 total yards, including 439 through the air, in dropping its second straight decision. Sam McGuffie was a bright spot in the setback, as he ran for 178 yards and a TD on 28 carries. QBs Taylor Cook and Nick Fanuzzi combined for 221 yards and a pair of TDs, while Luke Wilson had 85 receiving yards and a score. The Owls will travel to Tulane this weekend for their final road contest.
SMU - The Mustangs' West Division title hopes took a big hit this past weekend, as they fell 28-14 at Texas-El Paso. SMU (5-5, 4-2) is now one of three teams in the West Division with two league losses following its third setback in four games overall. QB Kyle Padron threw for 255 yards and a TD, in addition to rushing for another score. His primary target was Aldrick Robinson, who caught nine passes for 131 yards and a TD. Taylor Reed led the defense with 15 stops, but SMU failed to record a single takeaway or sack. The Ponies are off this weekend before returning to action against Marshall on November 20th.
TEXAS-EL PASO - QB Trevor Vittatoe threw for 183 yards and three TDs, as the Miners came away with a 28-14 win over SMU this past weekend. The victory ended a three-game slide and made UTEP (6-3, 3-4) bowl eligible for the first time in five years. Marlon McClure snared four passes for 60 yards and a TD, while Evan Davis pulled in three balls for 44 yards and a score. The UTEP defense also played a part in the win, recording three sacks and keeping SMU to just two TDs. The Miners will finish out the regular-season on the road, starting with a visit to nationally-ranked Tulsa this weekend.
TULANE - The Green Wave surrendered the final 19 points, as Southern Miss rallied for a 46-30 win this past weekend. Tulane (3-6, 1-4) had a costly safety and turnover late in the game on its way to a second straight defeat. Orleans Darkwa paced the team in defeat with 138 yards and a pair of TDs on 27 carries. QB Ryan Griffin passed for 242 yards and a pair of TDs, while D.J. Banks grabbed seven balls for 65 yards and a score. Tulane continues its four- game homestand against Rice this weekend.
TULSA - Damaris Johnson scored three TDs and racked up 322 all-purpose yards, carrying the Golden Hurricane to a 64-27 victory over Rice this past weekend. Johnson had eight receptions for 163 yards and two TDs, while recording his final score on a 94-yard kickoff return. QB G.J. Kinne also had a big game for Tulsa (6-3, 3-2), passing for 371 yards and four TDs on 26-of-39 attempts. He added 46 yards on the ground for Tulsa, which racked up 173 rushing yards as a team. The Golden Hurricane converted 9-of-13 third downs en route to its third win in a row. Tulsa heads out to the road this weekend to take on Houston.