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Conference USA Roundup: Week 2 Edition

The highlight came on Thursday with the battle of Doughty vs. Driskel, as Conference USA struggled against some of the larger Power 5 programs this weekend.

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Thursday, September 10

Western Kentucky 41, Louisiana Tech 38: The Hilltoppers accumulated 380 total yards in the first half to jump out to a big lead. The Bulldogs stormed back, but fell just short. Full recap.

Friday, September 11

Miami 44, Florida Atlantic 20: FAU QB Jason Driskel stepped in for an injured Jacquez Johnson, but turnovers proved too much to overcome for the Owls. Full recap.

Saturday, September 12

Texas Tech 69, UTEP 20: QB Patrick Mahomes passed for 361 yards and four touchdowns and added another two touchdowns on the ground in just about three quarters of play en route to a win over UTEP. Full recap.

Kansas State 30, UTSA 3: A strong defensive performance kept the Miners in the game but UTSA’s offense struggled to put anything together. Full recap.

Charlotte 34, Presbyterian College 10: The 49ers took care of business, as expected. They jumped out a 34-0 lead after three quarters, as Matt Johnson threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 8-of-11 passing. Andrew Buie ran 12 times for 80 yards and Kalif Phillips gained 53 yards with a score on eight carries. Also impressive was Austin Duke, who caught nine passes for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Trent Bostick and Bradan Smith added touchdown receptions.

Southern Miss 52, Austin Peay 6: After a slow start, Southern Miss blocked a punt and raced away to victory, led by Ito Smith's 135 yards and a touchdown on ten carries. Full recap.

Alabama 37, Middle Tennessee 10: The Blue Raiders had trouble moving the ball against the always-stout Alabama defense. Their only touchdown came late in the game on Austin Grammer's only pass attempt of the day, a 15-yard connection with Rod Ducksworth. MTSU only picked up 86 total yards on the ground.

SMU 31, North Texas 13: Leading 13-10 heading into the final quarter, the Mean Green gave up three touchdowns as SMU pulled away. Full recap.

Ohio 21, Marshall 10: In the 14th meeting for the Battle of the Bell, Marshall turned the ball over four times as it fell to 1-15 in road openers since 2000. Full recap.

Old Dominion 24, Norfolk State 10: Ray Lawry was a force once again, rushing 31 times for 215 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Monarchs to victory over the FCS opponent. Neither team's passing attack was very efficient, but the ground game allowed Old Dominion to outgain Norfolk State by nearly 200 yards.

Indiana 36, FIU 22: Alex McGough completed a 28-yard pass to Dennis Turner to give FIU a 22-19 lead under a minute into the fourth quarter. The Hoosiers scored the final 17 points of the game, capped off by a 96-yard pick-six from Jameel Cook Jr., as the Panthers were driving to tie the game. Aside from the pick, McGough had a solid game, going 21-of-37 passing for 249 yards and three touchdowns. Former UAB running back Jordan Howard had 27 carries for 159 yards for Indiana.

Texas 42, Rice 28: The Owls scored twice in the fourth quarter to make the scoreline respectable, but freshman QB Jerrod Heard made his first start for the Longhorns and played well as a dual threat. Heard gained 96 yards on the ground and 120 through the air, with a pair of touchdowns passing. Samuel Stewart ran well for Rice, gaining 130 yards and scoring twice on his 25 carries.