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Rice Beats Army In the Final Seconds In Week 8 of Conference USA Play

Rice's Driphus Jackson threw a 13-yard scoring pass to beat Army, Western Kentucky hung with LSU for awhile, Southern Miss is nearing bowl eligibility, and more in the Conference USA Week 8 roundup.

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Saturday, October 24

LSU 48, Western Kentucky 20: The Hilltoppers marched into Tiger Stadium and competed with the SEC foe all night long, and nearly made a game of it. RECAP

Rice 38, Army 31: In a hotly contested game, the Black Knights tied things up at 31-31 with 2:13 to play thanks to a 20-yard field goal. The Owls responded with a seven play, 75-yard drive to score a touchdown and win the game. Driphus Jackson hooked up with Zach Wright on a 13-yard pass for the clinching touchdown. Jackson finished 20-of-30 with 267 yards and a pair of scores. Army had a pair of 100-yard rushers in QB A.J. Schurr (23 rushes for 117 yards, TD) and Aaron Kemper (14 carries for 129 yards, TD).

Southern Mississippi 44, Charlotte 10: The Golden Eagles pulled within a game of bowl eligibilty with a big victory over the 49ers in the first ever meeting between the two schools. RECAP

Louisiana Tech 45, Middle Tennessee 16: Kenneth Dixon scored four touchdowns and LA Tech took advantage of key MTSU miscues as the Bulldogs beat the Blue Raiders easily. RECAP

Marshall 30, North Texas 13: The Thundering Herd dominated the first quarter, but stumbled the rest of the way. However, the fast start was enough to defeat the Mean Green, who remain winless on the season. RECAP

Florida International 41, Old Dominion 12: Alex McGough was on fire all afternoon for the Golden Panthers, completing 31-of-39 passes for 390 yards and three touchdowns. Jonnu Smith was his top target, catching two of those scores and picking up 183 yards receiving. Ray Lawry was exceptional for the Monarchs again -- 22 carries, 161 yards, a TD -- but FIU led early and never relented.

UTEP 27, Florida Atlantic 17: Senior QB Jaquez Johnson turned the ball over twice inside the 10-yard line, and that was enough to doom the Owls despite a big game from Trey Rodriguez. RECAP