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Conference USA Week in Review: MTSU Wins First Conference Game and More

Conference USA Football saw an exciting week come and go.  The biggest stand out was Middle Tennessee who won its first conference game as a member of the C-USA to establish themselves as the leader of the division.

MTSU won in overtime in a wild game against Florida Atlantic, 42-35

MTSU was south of home but still managed to pick up the big victory.  Reggie Whatley posted a career-high 154 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

The games spilled into OT after it looked as though the Blue Raiders had the win after a 64-yard scoring run from Whatley in the fourth with about a minuet-and-a-half remaining on the clock.  However, a 21-yard touchdown with three seconds left would send the game into OT.

MTSU would go on to win their C-USA debut over the Owls.  This puts the Blue Raider at 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the division.  They are currently in first place ahead of favorites East Carolina in both their sub-division and division.  They are currently on a 2-game win streak.

The Blue Raiders next game will be against BYU.  Their big challenge, though, will come when they take on East Carolina on October 5 in their homecoming game.

UTSA also won its first C-USA game, 32-13, against cross-state rival UTEP

UTSA came out of the gate to get an early 25-10 lead and held onto it by keeping UTEP to a pair of field goals going on to win the game.

The Roadrunners had 385 yards of total offense including a 181 yards on the ground, a season-high for the new C-USA team.  This was the first time UTSA managed to hold a team to just one touchdown in a year.

In the fourth quarter UTSA had the game well in hand and continued to chip away at the UTEP defense.  They managed to chew up 5:45 seconds of the clock on a 77-yard drive that was capped off by a 17-yard rushing touchdown by David Glasco II.  This extended their lead 32-13.

The Miners had a shot at a comeback but blew it by failing to convert on a 4th and 7.  UTSA would run down the clock from there for a win.

The Roadrunners are now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference, which puts them in the pack currently leading the C-USA West along with Tulane (2-2) and North Texas (2-2).

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