Ladies and gentleman, your CUSA West Division Champs are the Blazers of Birmingham.
CUSA had a weird day that concluded with the internet going out in Birmingham — at least at Legion Field — where both radio broadcasts and the BEIN TV stream went out. We were unable to view Spencer Brown’s game-winning TD in overtime, but we heard the BEIN broadcast team call it over the phone.
Again, CUSA had a rough day but we learned some things.
Let us take a browse through the league’s games.
North Texas 31 Old Dominion 34
The Mean Green blew a 28-0 lead in the first half. The Monarchs were fired up by UNT safety Khairi Muhammad spitting in ODU WR Jonathan Duhart’s face before halftime. North Texas managed just three points in the second half. Old Dominion scored with :15 seconds left from the one — but it was the 36-yard pass on 4th and 6 from QB Blake LaRussa to Jonathan Duhart that got them to the five yard line to set it up. It was the second 4th down conversion on the final 14-play 76 yard drive. Mason Fine became the career UNT pass leader and threw only his second INT of the year.
Southern Miss 23 UAB 26
The CUSA West Champs were challenged at home by a game Southern Miss defense. The Golden Eagles did enough on offense to make it interesting but it was an ugly game. USM’s Tate Watley thre for only 160 on 16/39 passing including a late pick before OT. USM managed only 47 non-sack yards rushing. UAB’s Tyler Johnson III got a second straight start and threw three interceptions of his own. UAB’s Spencer Brown won it on 3rd and 2 in OT with a 17-yard TD.
FIU 45 UTSA 7
The Golden Panthers did not have to try to hard to win this one as they dominated UTSA from beginning to end. FIU QB James Morgan was 19/29 for 291 and 3 TDs, giving him a program-record 22 on the year. UTSA had 4 turnovers and managed just 245 yards on the game. It was the ninth time in ten games that UTSA has not managed at least 300 yards.
MTSU 48 UTEP 32
UTEP got 22 of their 32 in the final quarter when things were wrapped. Brent Stockstill went 31/40 for 351 and 4 scores as Middle rolled. Middle needs FIU to stumble but is doing all they can right now.
Louisiana Tech 28 Rice 13
J’Mar Smith threw for 314 and also 2 INTs as Tech pulled away late to beat Rice. The Owls had a brief 10-7 lead in the third after a 68-yard reception from Austin Walter. Adrian Hardy made his weekly amazing catch in this one. Tech was hoping for two UAB stumbles but is now officially out of the division race.
WKU 15 FAU 34
FAU pulled away from WKU late but showed they were dominate on the box score throughout. Devin Singletary set program records — over 4K rushing and his 64th rushing TD — as he and Kerrith White both ran over 100+ yards and 2 scores each. FAU looks more like the team we expected to see early in the year. It helps they played a poor WKU.
Charlotte 13 Marshall 30
Marshall held Charlotte to 185, including only 74 by 49er QB Evan Shirreffs. This game was tied at 13 in the third quarter until Marshall pulled away with 17 points the rest of the way. Charlotte held Marshall to 385 yards on the game.