It’s true, Tulsa held a late lead over an SEC school, on the road even, last Saturday. The opponent was lowly Arkansas, owners of two wins over FBS opponents entering the game, but given Conference USA’s dismal performance this season it would have been a marquee win. Unfortunately for the Golden Hurricanes, they could not hold onto their 15-13 advantage, allowing the Razorbacks to score a touchdown with just under eleven minutes left to secure a 19-15 victory.
The rest of the leagues action was in conference, most notably Houston’s trip to ECU. The Pirates scored 28 unanswered points to open the game and never looked back, taking down the Cougars 48-28. After completing 31 of 43 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns, ECU quarterback Shane Carden earned a share C-USA’s offensive player of the week award with Marshall’s Rakeem Cato.
Looking at other cross division matchups, UCF easily handled SMU at home, taking down the Mustangs 42-17.
In the East, Marshall let a feisty Memphis squad score 21 unanswered points in the second half, turning a 31-7 blowout into a 31-28 nail biter with just over 11 minutes to play. On a gutsy forth down call on the Tigers 28 yard line, Cato hit wide receiver Davonte Allen for a touchdown pass, sealing a 38-28 Thundering Herd victory.
Southern Miss was in line for their first win of the season, taking a 16-0 lead over UAB into halftime but, the Blazers had different ideas. Behind 223 rushing yards and two touchdowns by Darrin Reaves, UAB scored 27 second half points and walked away with a 27-19 road win.
Out West, Rice kept its bowl hopes alive, wining at Tulane 49-47.
1) UCF: 7-2, 5-0
2) ECU: 6-4, 5-1
3) Marshall: 4-5, 3-2
4) UAB: 2-7, 1-4
5) Memphis: 1-8, 1-4
6) USM: 0-9, 0-5
1) Tulsa: 7-2, 5-0
2) SMU: 4-5, 3-2
3) Houston: 4-5, 3-2
4) Tulane: 2-7, 2-3
5) Rice: 4-6, 2-4
6) UTEP: 2-7, 1-4