McHargue, who tortured Marshall with 467 total yards last year in Houston, threw for 177 and ran for just 11. The Golden Hurricane sacked him four times, but couldn't stop his game-winning 25-yard pass to Darik Dillard in overtime.
UTSA coach Larry Coker is trying to regroup his troops after their 34-10 loss at Marshall. The Roadrunners are happy to be home, for certain.
"You look at four of our first six games on the road," he said. "Three pretty long trips, plus a bus ride once we get there and playing a good team. For a young team like we are, that can be difficult. I don't like to make excuses. I just made one. I didn't say I liked it.
"I think it's the Bill Parcells theory, 'all that matters is did you win or did you lose?' We didn't win and I think we're a little bit of a tired football team. I think that's probably my fault. I have to recognize that and get them rested. They'll be rested for Rice and ready to go."
Around the USA
The rest of the schedule consists of Alabama-Birmingham (1-4, 0-1) at Florida International (1-4, 1-0) and Tulsa (1-4, 0-1) at Texas-El Paso (1-4, 0-2). Given the events of September, who could have guessed FIU has the only league win among the four teams?
The Panthers extended Southern Mississippi's agony with a 24-23 win last weekend, clinched when Isame Faciane blocked Corey Acosta's 44-yard field goal attempt.
Keep an eye on FIU's Silas Spearman, the 5-foot-8 freshman running back who received his first extended action, ran for 136 yards on 29 carries.
"Silas has shown us that he has some quickness, some speed, but his vision and cut-back ability really stand out," said FIU coach Ron Turner. "When we watched the reps he had earlier, we saw that he could make people miss. Once he got in the game, I didn't know we were going to play him that much, but when the guy gets hot you go with him."
Southern Miss (0-5, 0-1), loser of 17 straight, and Louisiana Tech (2-4, 1-1) have the week off.
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