C-USA notebook: Slow start for Petersen at La. Tech
Shane Carden has taken the early league lead in passing, both in yards (319.0 per game) and efficiency rating (176.8). Marshall's Rakeem Cato, whose load has been lightened by routs, is fifth in both categories (241.5 yards, 155.4 rating).
Around the USA
As of Monday, Tech had sold 6,555 season tickets, surpassing last year's record of 6,411 - and this year's slate doesn't include a game on par with last year's Texas A&M game in Shreveport. Thursday's night's "Red-Out" attendance was 22,035.
Tulane's Cairo Santos began his defense of the Lou Groza Award (place-kicker of the year) with a 51-yard field goal Thursday. He has hit 25 field goals in a row, five short of the NCAA record.
Texas-San Antonio couldn't keep up with Oklahoma State last week, but did draw 40,977 to the Alamodome. That's the second-highest in the league until today, behind the 44,597 that witnessed Old Dominion at ECU.
The Roadrunners lost to the Cowboys 56-35 and won't find the going any easier tonight, as they play at Arizona.
Middle Tennessee takes on C-USA defector Memphis, and the Blue Raiders are looking for their fourth win in the last five meetings with the Tigers. Last year, MTSU won 48-30.
Other games today involving C-USA teams on the Herd's schedule: Florida International gets what might be a rare chance for victory against Bethune-Cookman; Tulsa tries to tackle 13th-ranked Oklahoma; Southern Mississippi's winless streak could go to 15 at Arkansas; and Florida Atlantic travels to dysfunctional South Florida. (The Bulls lost 53-21 to McNeese State two weeks ago.)
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