Wednesday, November 14, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 60


 
 









 
Final game decides title

C-USA Football Update

Christian Schmidt

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 Cardinals.

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.
 
 
 
 
 

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