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ECU is 4-0; Ramsey and Tulane pick an 'Orange'

C-USA Football Notebook
By Sharif Talukder

It was a disappointing weekend for Conference USA overall. Yes, East Carolina shocked Miami and is now ranked 19th in the nation with an up-and-coming quarterback in sophomore David Garrard.

Also, the C-USA boosters can say that Memphis almost beat Tennessee in Knoxville and Cincinnati was up by 14 points against Ohio State before falling 34-20.

Is that what we have come to -- that almost winning is good enough? That is the wrong attitude to take if we want C-USA to succeed as a football conference.

Yes, it's a basketball conference, but that shouldn't take away the idea that C-USA should still win games against quality opponents.

Also, Southern Miss lost its second-straight game against a top 10 opponent, this time against Texas A&M.

The Golden Eagles were held to only 127 total yards of offense and starting quarterback Jeff Kelly was replaced in the third quarter in favor of Cable Davis, who in the fourth quarter threw the only touchdown for the Golden Eagles.

Louisville was supposed to go undefeated this year. On paper, it had one of the best offensive teams in the nation.

Well, the Cardinals fell flat on their face last week with an embarrassing 42-21 loss against Oklahoma.

The star quarterback was not Chris Redman, but the Sooners' Josh Heupel, who threw for a school record 429 yards passing and five touchdowns.

He has 13 total touchdowns for the year and is tied for second in Oklahoma history for passing touchdowns in a single season.

Redman, on the other hand, threw for only 293 yards and had two interceptions.

This is the second-straight loss for the Cardinals (2-2), who lost last week against Illinois.

C-USA Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week -- Quarterback David Garrard from East Carolina led the Pirates over Miami in an epic comeback.

Garrard connected on 30-of-46 passes for 328 yards and a touchdown (a 27-yard pass with 4:51 left for the game-winner).

Defensive Player of the Week -- Linebacker T.J. Slaughter from Southern Miss was one of the bright spots in the loss against Nebraska.

Slaughter had a game-high 17 tackles (10 solo) for the Golden Eagles, including seven tackles for loss (-18 yards) and two sacks (-11 yards).

Slaughter also forced a fumble as he led the Golden Eagles defense. They did not allow an offensive touchdown.

Special Teams Player of the Week -- Kicker Ryan White from Memphis continues his dominance in the kicking game.

White went three-for-three in field goal attempts in the Tigers' one-point loss at No. 7 Tennessee, connecting from 32, 34 and 21 yards.

Last year, White was perfect in both field goal and extra points attempts. Two of his three field goals came in the fourth quarter, giving Memphis a 16-10 lead.

Standings:

Southern Miss (2-2, 1-0 C-USA)

UAB(1-2, 1-0 C-USA)

Tulane (2-1, 1-1 C-USA)

East Carolina (4-0, 0-0 C-USA)

Cincinnati (2-2, 0-0 C-USA)

Louisville (2-2, 0-0 C-USA)

Memphis (1-3, 0-0 C-USA)

Houston (2-2, 0-1 C-USA)

Army (1-2, 0-1 C-USA)

Game of The Week

This week, Tulane travels to Syracuse in a battle of dome teams.

Tulane enters the game 2-1, riding an offensive wave with quarterback Patrick Ramsey, making people forget about Shawn King.

Ramsey has been named C-USA Player of the Week two times in the past four weeks.

Ramsey leads C-USA in both passing efficiency with a 156 rating and total offense with 355 yards per game.

For the season, Ramsey has a 68 percent completion percentage and passed for 1,047 yards.

The last time they faced was in 1997 when Tulane's Shawn King threw an interception in the final drive as Tulane was trying to come back.

Other C-USA games this week: Louisiana-Monroe at UAB, East Carolina at Army, Eastern Michigan at Louisville, Missouri at Memphis and Tulane at Syracuse.

TV Listings:

Thursday:

7 p.m. -- Maryland at Georgia Tech on ESPN.

Saturday:

11 a.m. -- Purdue at Michigan on ESPN; Iowa at Michigan State on ESPN2.

1:30 p.m. -- Oklahoma at Notre Dame on NBC

2:30 p.m. -- Missouri at Memphis on Fox Sports Net; Alabama at Florida on CBS; Kansas State at Texas on ABC.

5 p.m. -- Virginia Tech at Virginia on ESPN2.

6 p.m. -- Texas A&M at Texas Tech on Fox Sports Net.

6:30 p.m. -- Auburn at Tennessee on ESPN.

8 p.m. -- Air Force at San Diego State on ESPN2.

9:15 p.m. -- Oregon at Washington on Fox Sports Net.
 

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