Around the Group of 5: Week 5 (Football)
All conferences in the Group of 5 will be playing this year as the MWC and MAC have announced their plans for the season.
The MWC will play an eight game schedule starting on Oct. 24. As for the MAC, they will play six games beginning Nov. 4. Until then, let’s see how AAC, C-USA and Sun Belt teams performed in Week 4.
In the American Athletic Conference, both Cincinnati and UCF stayed undefeated. In the first top-25 matchup at Nippert Stadium since 2008, No. 14 Cincinnati held off No. 22 Army to win 24-10. The Cincinnati defense came up big as they held the No. 1 rushing attack to only 182 yards on the ground.
As for No. 13 UCF, they took care of business against East Carolina putting up 51 points in the victory. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel continued to show why he is a Heisman contender as he threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns.
SMU reaches 3-0 following a 50-7 blowout win against Stephen F. Austin. Freshman running back Ulysses Bentley IV led the way with 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Tulane bounced back from their heartbreaking loss to Navy last week with a 66-24 victory over Southern Mississippi. The Green Wave dominated the line of scrimmage, rushing for 430 yards and seven touchdowns.
In the Conference USA, UTSA was able to hold off Middle Tennessee State by a final score of 37-35 after the Blue Raiders failed to convert on a two-point conversion attempt in the game’s waning moments. The Roadrunners improve to 3-0 while Middle Tennessee State remains winless.
In their season opener, FIU lost 36-34 to Liberty also due to an unsuccessful two-point conversion with two minutes left to play. Despite the loss, FIU got a strong performance from running back D’vonte Price who ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
The rest of the games were blowouts, but a player who had a huge weekend was Louisiana Tech’s Luke Anthony. The Bulldogs’ senior quarterback powered his squad with six total touchdowns in their 66-38 win over Houston Baptist. Anthony threw for 314 yards, five touchdowns and tacked on one rushing touchdown.
Over in the Sun Belt Conference, the No. 19 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns edged Georgia Southern by a score of 20-18. Kicker Nate Snyder connected on a 53-yard field goal as time expired. The Ragin' Cajuns have reached 3-0 for the first time since 1988.
Texas State fell to 1-3 after Boston College kicker Aaron Boumerhi drilled a 37-yard field goal with three seconds left. The Bobcats held a 21-7 lead before giving up 17 unanswered points and losing 24-21.
Appalachian State rebounded from their loss to Marshall in a 52-21 win over Campbell. The Mountaineers were fueled by a big performance from junior running back Daetrich Harrington. Harrington exploded for 211 yards and four touchdowns.
This coming week, Air Force will be the first Mountain West team to play as they will take on Navy at Falcon Stadium. Before the MWC announced their renewed plans for the season, Air Force was only slated to play Navy and Army.
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