Last year was the first C-USA failed to fill all of its bowl agreements, and it was the first season the league finished the regular season with seven teams below .500.
Houston won't sniff a bowl game if it repeats its nine-turnover performance in a 72-42 loss a week ago Thursday at SMU. To put that in perspective, 24 FBS teams haven't relinquished the pigskin that many times all year. The Cougars have 23 turnovers, 119th in the nation and only better than Idaho's 25.
The Mustangs scored a whopping 44 points off those giveaways, including three non-offensive TDs. That included a fumble return by Kevin Pope on the opening kickoff of the second half.
Marshall's Rakeem Cato has five of the league's seven top passing yardage games, with Houston's David Piland having the top effort (580) and East Carolina's Shane Carden the No. 6 game (386). Perhaps owing to trailing too often, UAB now has four 300-yard games, three by Austin Brown.
Rice ended its 15-year streak without a punt-return touchdown when Sam McGuffie returned his blocked punt 12 yards in a 28-24 loss to Tulsa. Yes, that counts.
Now the Owls must find a way to break a 28-year, 316-game streak without a kickoff-return TD.
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