Final game decides title
C-USA Football Update
The competition for Conference USA champion
has boiled down into a two-horse race to the finish line. East Carolina
and Louisville sit atop the conference with identical 5-0 records. The
teams will have a showdown Thursday to decide the championship.
Louisville cruised to an easy 34-10 win
over UH, extending Houston's school record losing streak to 13 games.
The Cougars are one of only four teams
in the nation that have yet to win a game this season. Houston, a 31-point
underdog, managed to cover the spread, losing
by a mere 24 points to the heavily favored
Louisville quarterback Dave Ragone extended
his record to 18-4 as a starter as Louisville showed why it is the No.
19-ranked team in the nation.
Houston struggled on both sides of the
ball, with quarterback Kelly Robertson going 16-30 for 157 yards. The UH
defense also struggled, giving up 34 or more
points for the sixth time this season.
In another matchup featuring a winless
team, Tulane beat Navy, 42-28. Tulane rode the strong shoulders of sophomore
running back Mewelde Moore to an easy
victory. Moore ran 22 times for 131 yards
and two touchdowns.
Navy is 0-8 this fall, meaning former UH
Athletics Director Chet Gladchuk's new school sports exactly the same number
of wins his former school Houston has won
— none. Even more interestingly, Gladchuk
served as Tulane's athletic director from 1987 to 1990.
The Black Knights of Army fell to Buffalo
in a tight game. Bulls running back Marquis Duarte scored the winning touchdown
with nine minutes,12 seconds remaining
in the game.
Army quarterback Curtis Zervic replaced
injured starter Chad Jenkins in the second half. Zervic breathed life into
the struggling Army offense. He led the Black
Knights on three scoring drives, but Army
fell short in its comeback effort.
East Carolina won a nail-biter over the
Cincinnati Bearcats, 28-26, to maintain the Pirates' perfect league record.
Cincinnati had a chance to tie the game
with just 46 seconds remaining, but running back DeMarco McCleskey was
tackled short of the endzone on the Bearcats'
two-point conversion play.
Pirate running back Leonard Henry ran for
a career-high 234 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns, all but 66
of those yards coming in the first quarter.