The Eagles held Louisville to 269 total yards (in a downpour) and limited Boise State to 310 (five turnovers fed that 40-14) debacle. On the other hand, Nebraska riddled the Eagles for 632 yards, and Western Kentucky amassed 560.
"Bandit" end Jamie Collins is a name you might know, and he recorded his 15th and 16th sack at UCF.
Marshall should go no worse than 4-2 the rest of the way, and really should finish 5-1 or better. But the Herd must maneuver through this Mississippi minefield to get where it wants to go.
Chances are when you went to bed Saturday night, Texas A&M was smacking future C-USA entrant Louisiana Tech really, really hard in an off-campus game at Shreveport, La. The Aggies led 39-13 late in the first half.
The final score? A&M 59, Tech 57. In fact, the Aggies had to foil a two-point conversion attempt with 38 seconds left to keep the contest from overtime, and to knock the Bulldogs out of the Top 25.
It is a good thing for the rest of C-USA that the Bulldogs will lose seven senior starters on offense, including quarterback Colby Cameron (44 of 58, 450 yards, five TDs). The defense will be the veteran side, though that may or may not be a good thing.
Whatever the case, Louisiana Tech will be a fun addition to Conference USA, football-wise. Consider the Bulldogs an upgrade from Big East-bound Memphis, for sure.
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