CUSA played its first week of the pandemic season with no issues. While there were a handful of players that chose to sit out on USM, for the most part everyone else that played today was something approaching full-strength.
Marshall 59-0 EKU
Marshall dominated on the strength of Grant Wells and his 307-yard, 4-TD performance. He set a school record for debut as the Herd scored on all of their possessions against EKU. Perhaps more impressively, the Herd held EKU scoreless. Whatever this season is going to be, Marshall was always going to be one of the favorites. The question mark last season was quarterback play, and Wells just went a long way toward addressing that issue.
MTSU 0-42 Army
Rick Stockstill’s men did not impress. Army was always likely to be unfazed by the circumstances, given their mission and environment. The Blue Raiders had an embarrassing sequence before the first half ended wherein they displayed awful clock management after a sack — with two time outs. It was emblematic of the beatdown. Army controlled the clock, the game, the defense and nothing went right for Middle.
North Texas 57-31 HBU
UNT started Jason Bean as the new face of the offense and he threw for 217 on 11 of 18 with 3 scores through the air and one on the ground. Austin Aune played a couple of series also, and threw for a score. North Texas put up a school record for offensive yardage at 721 but allowed 569 to (a quality) HBU offense. HBU QB Bailey Zappe had 480 yards and threw for 250 in the first half.
UTEP 24-14 SFA
UTEP was down 14-3 until they got two scores in the final 2:08 of the first half. They added another touchdown early in the fourth and held on to the win over Stephen F. Austin. The Miners managed only 364 yards and 19 first downs but held SFA to under 300. Gavin Hardison was 17/28 for 212, a score, and one pick.
UAB 45-35 UCA
UAB controlled the game despite the score on the way to their record 19th straight home win. Spencer Brown went for 127 and a score on his way to over 3000 yards for his career. The Blazers had a little trouble in the middle of the game before turning on the engine. The passing game is still questionable but the defense and run game still look formidable.
Southern Miss 21-32 South Alabama
Jack Abraham had a lot of yards and no turnovers but the Golden Eagles had no run game — only 95 yards. That contributed to the red zone woes that ultimately cost them. USA won on the road for the first time in a long while USM had a handful of players out due to transfer.