Nov. 3 C-USA Football Notebook

Go C-USA! Rice's Jarett Dillard now owns the C-USA career receiving yards gained record
Go C-USA!
Rice's Jarett Dillard now owns the C-USA career receiving yards gained record
Go C-USA!

Nov. 3, 2008

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IRVING, Texas - Rice’s 49-44 win over UTEP marked the seventh time in its last nine C-USA games that the Owls have scored at least 42 points dating back to the UTEP game last season. The win was the Owls third straight and moved their season mark to 6-3 with three games remaining. It moved their C-USA record to 5-1, their best conference mark through six games since the 1960 Owls won five of their first six in the Southwest Conference. Rice is now bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons.

Six of Rice’s seven touchdown drives against the Miners covered at least 75 yards, including a pair of 90-yard marches in the second quarter. The Owls have notched 17 drives this season of 75 yards or more.

Rice scored on its opening drive for the fourth time this season. The five-play, 76-yard drive was capped by a 31-yard scoring strike from QB Chase Clement to WR Pierre Beasley. The touchdown reception was the first of Beasley’s career.

RECENT RESULTS
Sunday, November 2

East Carolina 13, UCF 10 (OT)

Saturday, November 1
Arkansas 30, (18) Tulsa 23
Southern Miss 70, UAB 14
(15) LSU 35, Tulane 10
Rice 49, UTEP 44

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, November 8

Army at Rice                                  2:00 p.m.
Memphis at SMU                            2:00 p.m.
Southern Miss at UCF                      2:30 p.m.
Marshall at East Carolina (CBS C)     2:30 p.m.
Tulane at Houston (CBS C)              7:00 p.m.
UTEP at Louisiana-Lafayette (CSS)    7:05 p.m.

LAST WEEK’S STARS
Here’s a look at some of the top performers in Conference USA games from Nov. 1-2:

Rushing Attempts
28 Norman Whitley, ECU (135 yds.)
21 V.J. Floyd, USM (114 yds.)
20 Tory Harrison, USM (137 yds.)
19 C.J. Ugokwe, Rice (103 yds.)

Rushing Yards
137 Tory Harrison, USM (20 att.)
135 Norman Whitley, ECU (28 att.)
114 V.J. Floyd, USM (21 att.)
103 C.J. Ugokwe, Rice (19 att.)
86 Damion Fletcher, USM (5 att.)

Rushing Touchdowns
5 Austin Davis, USM
3 Tory Harrison, USM

Passing Completions
28 Chase Clement, Rice (41 att.)
19 Trevor Vittatoe, Rice (37 att.)
17 David Johnson, TLS (31 att.)
16 Joe Webb, UAB (23 att.)

Passing Yards
372 Chase Clement, Rice (28-of-41)
322 David Johnson, TLS (17-of-31)
265 Trevor Vittatoe, UTEP (19-of-37)

Passing Touchdowns
5 Chase Clement, Rice
3 Trevor Vittatoe, UTEP
2 Joe Webb, UAB
1 David Johnson, TLS
1 Michael Greco, UCF

Receptions
12 James Casey, Rice
8 Jarett Dillard, Rice
7 Charles Clay, TLS
6 Davon Drew, ECU
5 Jeff Moturi, UTEP

Receiving Yards
142 James Casey, Rice (12 rec.)
117 Charles Clay, TLS (7 rec.)
109 Jeff Moturi, UTEP (5 rec.)
97 DeAndre Brown, USM (3 rec.)

Receiving Touchdowns
3 James Casey, Rice
3 Jeff Moturi, UTEP

All-Purpose
217 Damaris Johnson, TLS, (34 rush, 27 rcv., 7 pr., 149 kr.)
188 Frantrell Forrest, UAM (12 rush, 34 rcv., 142 kr.)
176 Jeff Moturi, UTEP (9 rush, 109 rcv., 58 kr.)
172 James Casey, Rice (28 rush, 142 rcv., 2 pr.)
148 Charles Clay, TLS (31 rush, 117 rcv.)

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE
JAMES CASEY - RICE
WR/TE, So., Azle, Texas (Azle)

Casey caught 12 passes for 142 yards and a career-best three touchdowns, and rushed for a fourth to lead Rice to a 49-44 win at UTEP and become bowl eligible for the second time in three years. He compiled 172 all-purpose yards, rushing for 28 and returning one punt for two yards. In the second half, Casey caught nine of his 12 passes for 83 yards and two scores and rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown to account for all the Owls points in the final 30 minutes. Twice on the Owls sixth scoring drive of the night, he converted fourth downs by rushing for first downs. Casey’s 30-yard catch on third and three highlighted the Owls final scoring drive, which he capped with a 12-yard score as he dove out of bounds but kept his feet in play.

DEFENSE
MAURICE KITCHENS - MARSHALL
LB, Sr., Roanoke, Va. (William Fleming)

Kitchens led a stout Thundering Herd defensive effort against the Houston Cougars last Tuesday night. The senior recorded eight tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and more importantly came away with two critical takeaways – an interception he returned for 16 yards and a fumble recovery that he returned for 80 yards. Kitchen led a Marshall defense that limited the nation’s third-ranked offense to only nine points in three quarters en route to building a 30-9 lead and eventually a 37-23 win. Both of Kitchens’ recovered turnovers led to Marshall touchdowns.

SPECIAL TEAMS
JOSE MARTINEZ - UTEP
PK, Sr., San Jose, Calif. (Bakersfield College)

Martinez scored 14 points, hitting all five of his extra-points and three field goal attempts in the Miners 49-44 loss to Rice. He connected from 46, 39 and 44 yards out, improving to 14-of-18 on field goal attempts this season. One of 20 semifinalists for this year’s Lou Groza Award, Martinez was also named one of three Groza Award national “Stars of the Week” on Monday for the second time this season.

OFFENSCE
S2 Patrick Pinkney, QB, East Carolina
S8 James Casey, WR/TE, Rice
S15 Patrick Pinkney, QB, East Carolina
S22 Darius Passmore, WR, Marshall
David Johnson, QB, Tulsa
S29 Chase Clement, QB, Rice
Jarett Dillard, WR, Rice
O6 Trevor Vittatoe, QB, UTEP
O13 Case Keenum, QB, Houston
O20 Brennan Marion, WR, Tulsa
O27 Curtis Steele, RB, Memphis
N3 James Casey, WR/TE, Rice

DEFENSE
S2 Andrew Sendejo, FS, Rice
S8 Van Eskridge, DB, East Carolina
S15 C.J. Wilson, DL, East Carolina
S22 Charles Davis, DB, Tulsa
S29 Clinton McDonald, DL, Memphis
O6 Un’Tavious Scott, DE, Tulsa
O13 Phillip Hunt, DE, Houston
O20 Joe Henderson, LB, UAB
O27 James Lockett, S, Tulsa
N3 Maurice Kitchens, LB, MAR

SPECIAL TEAMS
S2 T.J. Lee, WR, East Carolina
S8 Joe Burnett, DB, UCF
S15 Quinten Cotton, LB, East Carolina
S22 Wesley Scourten, WR, Houston
S29 Jose Martinez, PK, UTEP
O6 Vinny Zaccario, PK, Memphis
O13 Swayze Waters, PK/P, UAB
O20 Damaris Johnson, WR/KR, Tulsa
O27 Damaris Johnson, WR/KR, Tulsa
N3 Jose Martinez, PK, UTEP

SCORES of SCORES
Conference USA teams have notched an impressive 26 non-offensive scores so far in 2008, including 11 interceptions that have been returned for TDs. The league also has four fumble recoveries for scores, four kickoff return TDs, two blocked field goals returned for touchdowns, two safeties, a punt return TD and the rare blocked PAT that was returned for two points.

With the safety by UAB against Marshall on Oct. 18, C-USA has put points on the board in every way possible. East Carolina, Rice, UCF and UTEP account for 17 of the 26 scores, with Owls leading the way with five non-offensive scores so far this season.

SIX PACK
In the first 12 seasons of Conference USA Football just three times had a quarterback thrown for six touchdowns in a game. That feat has already occurred four times in 2008. Tulsa’s David Johnson became the first QB in league history to accomplish the feat twice in one season earlier this year and is now joined on that list by Rice’s Chase Clement after he tossed six TDs on Oct. 18 against Southern Miss.

MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN A GAME
6 Chase Clement, Rice vs. Southern Miss (10-18-08)
6 David Johnson, Tulsa vs. New Mexico (9-20-08)
6 David Johnson, Tulsa at North Texas (9-6-08)
6 Chase Clement, Rice vs. SMU (8-29-08)

6 Chase Clement, Rice vs. UTEP (11-3-07)
6 Lester Ricard, Tulane vs. UAB (10-23-04)
6 Chris Redman, Louisville at ECU (11-14-98)
5 Chase Clement, Rice vs. UTEP (11-1-08)
5 David Johnson, Tulsa vs. UTEP (10-18-08)
5 Chase Clement, Rice vs. North Texas (9-27-08)

TD LEADERS
Conference USA quarterbacks are among the NCAA leaders in passing touchdowns (through games of Nov. 1). Tulsa’s David Johnson is second among FBS QBs with 33 TD passes. Here’s a look at the leaders.

MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN 2008
34 Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
33 David Johnson, Tulsa
30 Graham Harrell, Texas Tech
29 Chase Clement, Rice
29 Max Hall, BYU

CATCHING ON
Conference USA has two of the top nine leaders in receptions in the FBS (through games of Nov. 1). Rice’s James Casey currently is second in the nation with 79. Here’s a look at the leaders:

MOST RECEPTIONS IN 2008
85 Casey Fitzgerald, UNT
79 James Casey, Rice
73 Jamarko Simmons, Western Michigan
73 Eric Decker, Minnesota
73 Chase Coffman, Missouri
70 Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
69 Austin Collie, BYU
66 Kerry Meier, Kansas
65 Jarett Dillard, Rice

DYNAMIC DUO
Chase Clement and Jarett Dillard became the all-time NCAA record holders for TDs by a duo on Sept 27. Clement and Dillard have combined for 46 scores in four seasons together at Rice. The duo has produced at least one touchdown in 31 of their last 36 games, including seven of eight this season.

MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY A DUO
46 Chase Clement and Jarett Dillard, Rice
(2005-08)

BALL IN THE HALL
After Rice’s Chase Clement and Jarett Dillard connected for their 40th career touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter of the Owls’ 77-20 win over North Texas, both players knew exactly what happened. That touchdown pass set an NCAA record for career scoring passes involving the same duo. So who got the ball? Well, neither of them. The infamous touchdown ball was tucked away and shipped to the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. Clement and Dillard scored three touchdowns that night and each kept a ball from one of the other two scores.

On October 18, National Football Foundation Chief Operating Officer Matthew Sign honored the duo for their achievement at the Rice-Southern Miss game.

HEY, JOE
UAB’s Joe Webb is currently fourth among the nation’s quarterbacks with 736 rushing yards, averaging 81.8 yards per game on the ground. Webb also ranks fourth in rushing yards per game by quarterbacks. Here’s a look at the nation’s QB rushing leaders (as of Nov. 1):

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY A QB
951 Julian Edelman, Kent State
752 Colin Kaepernick, UNLV
752 Michael Desormeaux, Louisiana-Lafayette
736 Joe Webb, UAB

OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER
Conference USA is currently ranked second among FBS conferences in total offense, with league teams averaging 409.5 yards per game. Only the Big 12, at 442.5 ypg., is higher. C-USA also trails only the Big 12 in touchdown passes per game, with C-USA teams throwing 2.12 per outing to the Big 12’s 2.30. C-USA has moved up to second among FBS conferences in scoring at 29.8 points per game, trailing only the Big 12 at 36.1 ppg.

PASS HAPPY
Conference USA is the only FBS league that is averaging more passing plays than running plays. C-USA teams average 35.2 pass attempts per game, while averaging 34.7 rushing attempts. C-USA is running more total plays per game (69.9) than any conference other than the Big 12 (70.5).

DILLARD SETS C-USA RECORD
Rice WR Jarett Dillard finished the game against UTEP with with 93 yards on eight receptions. He vaulted past Houston’s Vincent Marshall (2003-06) for first place on the C-USA career receiving yards list. Dillard now has 3,776 receiving yards on 270 career catches. He moves to within two catches of Marshall for second place on the C-USA receptions list.

HIGH FLYING OWLS
Rice’s 49-44 win over UTEP marked the seventh time in its last nine C-USA games that the Owls have scored at least 42 points dating back to the UTEP game last season.

Six of Rice’s seven touchdown drives against the Miners covered at least 75 yards, including a pair of 90-yard marches in the second quarter. The Owls have notched 17 drives this season of 75 yards or more.

Rice scored on its opening drive for the fourth time this season. The five-play, 76-yard drive was capped by a 31-yard scoring strike from QB Chase Clement to WR Pierre Beasley. The touchdown reception was the first of Beasley’s career.

The win was the Owls third straight and moved their season mark to 6-3 with three games remaining. It moved their C-USA record to 5-1, their best conference mark through six games since the 1960 Owls won five of their first six in the Southwest Conference. Rice is now bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons.

CLEMENT HITS THE CENTURY MARK
Rice QB Chase Clement’s TD pass to Beasley in the first quarter at UTEP was his 100th career touchdown. The Alamo Heights, Texas product is the third player in C-USA history to rack up 100 career touchdowns, joining Houston’s Kevin Kolb (2003-06) and Tulsa’s Paul Smith (2005-07).

Clement is now responsible for 105 career touchdowns (84 pass, 21 rush). He moves to within one TD of tying Kolb for second place on the C-USA list. Over the last three seasons, Clement has accounted for 18 career touchdowns against UTEP.

Clement finished with 372 passing yards against the Miners on 28-of-41 and five touchdowns. The Owls improve to 5-4 when Clement throws for more than 300 yards.

The five touchdown passes marked the sixth time in his career that Clement has reached that feat. He now has tossed 84 career touchdown passes and moved past Memphis’ Danny Wimprine (2001-04), Tulsa’s Paul Smith (2005-07) and moved into a second place tie with Louisville’s Chris Redman (1996-99) on the C-USA list.

CASEY CATCHES
Rice WR James Casey has recorded at least five receptions in 15 straight games, dating back to the Houston game last season. The Azle, Texas native matched a career-best with 12 receptions against UTEP and it allowed him surpass Doug Cunningham (1975-78) for fourth place on Rice’s all-time list. Casey now has 125 career receptions.

Casey has scored at least two touchdowns in four consecutive games and recorded his first career four touchdown performance (3 pass, 1 rush). Casey racked up his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season and the eighth of his career. His 142 yards receiving allowed him to move into fourth place on Rice’s career list.

EAGLES SOAR TO 70
Southern Miss’ 70-14 win over UAB marked the most ever points scored in a Conference USA game for USM. The previous high was 59 against Tulane in 2001. It was also the highest point total at M.M. Roberts Stadium and the total tied for the second highest in school history. It is also just the fourth time the team has scored 70-plus points. Southern Miss improved to 9-0 against UAB, and 4-0 against the Blazers in Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss’ 49 first half points are the most points ever in a half, surpassing the 45 scored against UCF in 2005. The nine rushing touchdowns tied a school-record. Southern Miss also scored nine against Cal- State Fullerton in 1975. The ten total touchdowns are the second-most ever in a game.

CAN’T CATCH FLETCH
Southern Miss RB Damion Fletcher rushed for 86 yards on just five carries against UAB, giving him 1,055 yards on the year and 4,029 for his career. The total made him the first Golden Eagle to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, and the first to surpass 4,000 yards.

Fletcher’s 69-yard run in the first quarter was a career long and the second longest play of the year for the Golden Eagles.

DAVIS HAS A DAY
Southern Miss freshman QB Austin Davis accounted for 222 yards, throwing for 141 yards and rushing for 81. Davis set a school record with five rushing touchdowns. He now has eight rushing scores on the year.

Davis and freshman WR DeAndre Brown connected on a 60-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. It was the eighth connection between the two of at least 36 yards. The pass was Davis’ 16th touchdown, setting a new Southern Miss freshman record, surpassing Brett Favre’s 15 touchdown passes in 1987. It was also Brown’s 10th touchdown reception. Brown caught three passes for 97 yards.

HARRISON FOR THREE
Southern Miss junior RB Tory Harrison rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns against UAB. Harrison’s three touchdowns give him seven on the season. His 69-yard touchdown run was the longest rush of his career, as well as the longest touchdown run for the Golden Eagles on the season. The game marked the first time this season the Golden Eagles had two players with three-plus rushing touchdowns. It was the third time this season, and 14th time ever, that the Golden Eagles had two players rush for 100-plus yards.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU
Southern Miss freshman WR DeAndre Brown’s 60-yard TD catch from QB Austin Davis was his 10th TD reception on the sesaon. Davis leads all freshmen in the country in receiving yards per game (93.8) and touchdown catches (10).

WHITLEY RUNS WILD
East Carolina RB Norman Whitley rushed for a career-high 135 yards and 25 carries in ECU’s 13-10 overtime win against UCF on Dunsay. He added a 2-yard TD run to tie the game at 10-all. He is the second Pirate RB to have a 100-plus rushing performance in 2008 (Jonathan Williams).

HARTMAN WINS ANOTHER ONE
East Carolina PK Ben Hartman was 2-for-4 on FGs in the win over UCF, including the game winning 39-yard boot in overtime. Hartman has made at least one FG in five straight games to tie his career-best streak. He connected on his lone PAT in the fourth quarter to extended his school record for consecutive PATs to 71. The game winner was the third of his career (UNC and Boise State in 2008).

JOSE STARS
UTEP senior PK Jose Martinez was named a Lou Groza Award Star of the week for the second time this season for his performance against Rice on Saturday night. Martinez scored 14 points, hitting all five of his extra-points and three field goal attempts. He connected from 46, 39 and 44 yards out, improving to 14-of-18 on field goal attempts this season. One of 20 semifinalists for this year’s Groza Award, Martinez was also named a Star of the Week on Sept. 29 after booting a 64-yard field goal (second-longest without a tee in NCAA history) against UCF.

MOTURI LEADS MINERS
UTEP WR Jeff Moturi had his first 100-yard receiving game of the season against Rice and the fifth of his career. He is now tied with Bubba Garcia and Chris Francies for seventh in schools annals for 100-yard games in a career. His day was higlighted by a 53-yard touchdown pass from James Thomas II in the first quarter.

KNIGHTS NOTCH ANOTHER INT
UCF DB Johnell Neal’s fourth-quarter interception against East Carolina was his fourth of the season and 12th of his career. He is now tied for third on UCF’s all-time list with teammate Sha’reef Rashad. UCF has now intercepted a pass in 16 consecutive games.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS
UCF PR Joe Burnett extended the Conference USA career punt return record to 1,271 yards. The NCAA’s active leader in punt return yardage returned four punts for 40 yards against East Carolina, and the senior is now tied for 23rd on the nation’s all-time list. Burnett now has 94 punt returns, behind only Arnold Jackson of Louisville, who finished with 100, on Conference USA’s all-time list.

SLAUGHTER CAN CATCH
UAB RB Rashaud Slaughter scored the first receiving TD of the season and the first of his career Saturday vs. Southern Miss. He has three rushing TDs in 2008. Slaughter added 65 yards rushing against the Golden Eagles to increase his season total to 397 yards. He is averaging 5.0 yards per rushing attempt.

DAMARIS RETURNS IT
Tulsa WR/KR Damaris Johnson had an 81-yard kickoff return against Arkansas, marking third straight game that he has returned a kickoff for 70 or more yards. He had a 94-yard TD return vs. UTEP and a 70-yarder last week against UCF. Johnson had his third straight game of over 100 yards on kickoff returns, and his fourth of the season. He had 159 yards vs. UCA, 211 yards vs. UTEP and 134 yards vs. UCF.

COLLUMS SEES SOME ACTION
Tulsa’s first completion of the game was to tight end Jake Collums. It was the first time since the second game of the season against North Texas that a tight end has caught a pass. It was Collums that caught the pass in that game as well.

INT FOR TD
Tulane LB Travis Burks picked off a Jarrett Lee pass with 7:33 left in the game against LSU and ran it back for a 43-yard TD, the first INT taken back for a touchdown since David Skehan’s 30-yard TD interception return against SMU on September 30, 2006. Burks added three kickoff returns for 62 yards and a sack to go with two solo and two assisted tackles

TULANE TACKLERS
Tulane CB Charles Harris recorded five solo tackles in the contest, marking a career-high in unassisted takedowns. The Green Wave also notched two sacks in the contest.

NEW LOOK OFFENSE
Marshall kept the Cougar defense off balance early in Tuesday’s game with a new offensive package, featuring WR Darius Passmore at quarterback. For the night Passmore carried eight times for 42 yards from the quarterback position and had three catches for 71 yards at wideout for 113 total yards. Passmore is averaging 9.7 yards per carry this season, rushing 17 times for 165 yards.

INT LEADER
Marshall LB Maurice Kitchens recorded his third interception of the season and fourth of his career against Houston on Oct. 28. Kitchens leads the Herd in interceptions in 2008. Four other Herd players have recorded one. Kitchens also recovered a Houston fumble and returned it 80 yards to the UH 17 yard-line.

GREEN OUT
Marshall wore green helmets and all green uniforms for the first time since 1985 in its 37-23 win over Houston on Tuesday. Marshall wore green helmets for two years from 1984-85 under then head coach Stan Parrish.

RING THE BEALL
With his 2-yard touchdown run at the 2:27 mark of the fourth quarter against Marshall, freshman running back Bryce Beall recorded his fourth straight game with at least one rushing touchdown. His is the first UH player to accomplish that feat since 2006.

Beall added five catches for 73 yards and both marks were new career highs for the rookie.

CASE IN POINT
With two touchdown passes against Marshall last Tuesday, Houston QB Case Keenum has thrown a TD pass in 11 consecutive games while posting the 11th multi-touchdown game of his career. He now has 49 TDs resonsible for in his career, a mark that puts him in fifth place in the school annals.

Keenum finished the game with 314 passing yards, his ninth straight game with at least 300 yards to set a school record. He has passed for 300+ yards in eight consecutive games to tie the school record held by David Klingler. Keenum now has thrown for 3,005 yards during the 2008 season, to become only the fifth player in school history to reach 3,000 yards in a single season.

HENDERSON BREAKS RECORD
SMU KR Jesse Henderson had three kickoff returns for 58 yards against Navy on Oct. 25. He now has 2,729 career KOR yards to become the NCAA active career leader (was Brandon Tate of North Carolina 2,688 – out for rest of the season) and Conference USA career record holder. Henderson has 113 kickoff returns, extending his SMU record and is second in C-USA history.

KICKOFF YARDAGE LEADERS
Rk. Player Yards
1. Jessie Henderson, SMU 2,729
2. Chris Johnson, East Carolina 2,715
3. Zek Parker, Louisville 2,558
4. John Eubanks, Southern Miss 2,321
5. Broderick Clark, Louisville 2,111

ALDRICK THROUGH THE AIR
SMU WR Aldrick Robinson had seven receptions for 94 yards with one TD in the Mustangs’ last game against Navy. Robinson now has 1,003 receiving yards on the season, becoming just the third player at SMU to have a 1,000-yard season. He registered a TD catch for the fifth straight game, setting a career-best and is the second-longest streak at SMU. Robinson now has a TD catch in eight of nine games this season. His 11 TD catches this year are tied for the season record at SMU.

SCORES of SCORES
Conference USA teams have notched an impressive 26 non-offensive scores so far in 2008, including 11 interceptions that have been returned for TDs. The league also has four fumble recoveries for scores, four kickoff return TDs, two blocked field goals returned for touchdowns, two safeties, a punt return TD and the rare blocked PAT that was returned for two points.

With the safety by UAB against Marshall on Oct. 18, C-USA has put points on the board in every way possible. East Carolina, Rice, UCF and UTEP account for 17 of the 26 scores, with Owls leading the way with five non-offensive scores so far this season.

RECEIVING YARDS GAINED
After 93 yards against UTEP, Rice’s Jarett Dillard became the all-time receiving yards gained leader in Conference USA history. Here is a look at the all-time leaders. Check this section throughout the season to monitor his progress.

3,776 Jarett Dillard, Rice, 2005-present
(270 catches)

3,770 Vincent Marshall, Houston, 2003-06
(272 catches)
3,670 Arnold Jackson, Louisville, 1997-00
(300 catches)

ON THE RUN
UAB QB Joe Webb established a new C-USA mark for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback in UAB’s win over Marshall on Saturday. Webb now has 723 yards, after scampering for 135 yards in the contest. Check this section throughout the season to monitor his progress.

SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING BY A QUARTERBACK
736 Joe Webb, UAB 2008
699 Justin Willis, SMU 2007
606 Chad Plummer, Cincinnati 1997

MOST TOUCHDOWNS
With 55 career touchdowns, Rice’s Jarett Dillard has moved into second place all-time on the C-USA career TD list. Here is a look at the C-USA leaders. Check this section throughout the season to monitor his progress.

1. 60 DeAngelo Williams, Memphis, 2002-05
2. 55 Jarett Dillard, Rice, 2005-present

TOUCHDOWN CATCHES
With one TD against UTEP on Saturday, Rice’s Jarett Dillard extended his own C-USA record for career touchdown catches. The senior now has 55 and also owns the NCAA career mark. Dillard is one of two active players with 40 career TD receptions. Here is a look at the career touchdown catch leaders:

55 Jarett Dillard, Rice, 2005-present
35 Roydell Williams, Tulane, 2001-04
33 Ibn Green, Louisville, 1996-99
31 JaJuan Dawson, Tulane, 1996-98
31 Arnold Jackson, Louisville, 1997-00

TOUCHDOWN PASSES
After throwing five TD passes against UTEP on Saturday, Rice quarterback Chase Clement needs just two more TD passes to become the all-time Conference USA leader in career TD passes. Check this section throughout the season to monitor his progress.

1. 85 Kevin Kolb, Houston, 2003-06
2. 84 Chase Clement, Rice, 2005-present
    84 Chris Redman, Louisville, 1996-99

PICKED OFF
UCF’s Joe Burnett recorded his 15th career interception against Tulsa on Oct. 26 to move into a tie for second place on Conference USA’s all-time interception list. Here’s a look at the top interceptors in C-USA history:

18 Anthony Floyd, Louisville, 1999-02
15 Joe Burnett, UCF, 2005-08
15 Quentin Demps, UTEP, 2005-07
14 Lynaris Elpheage, Tulane, 2000-02
14 Rashad Holman, Louisville, 1997-00

MARTINEZ NAMED LOU GROZA SEMIFINALIST
For the second straight year, UTEP’s Jose Martinez has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl.

A senior from San Jose, Calif., Martinez is 14-for-18 on field goals and 30-for-30 on PATs this season for a team-leading 72 points. He owns the second-longest field goal in NCAA history at 64 yards versus UCF earlier this year.

Martinez was one of three finalists for the award in 2007 with Arizona State’s Thomas Weber and Indiana’s Austin Starr. All three players returned for the 2008 season, but Martinez is the only one of the group to repeat as a semifinalist.

JOHNSON O’BRIEN SEMIFINALIST
University of Tulsa quarterback David Johnson was named as one of 13 semifinalists for The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien). The list highlights 13 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks who will vie for the award honoring the nation’s best quarterback until Finalists are announced November 24.

Johnson ranks first nationally in passing efficiency (205.3) and for points responsible for (26.25) points. He also ranks fifth in passing yards per game (332.6), total passing yards (2,661) and sixth in total offense (344.9). He has completed 68-percent of his passes for 2,661 yards and 32 touchdowns.

A senior from Portland, Oregon, Johnson has had three 400+ passing games and two games with 6 TD games this season. Johnson made his first career start in the season opener. He came into the season having completed just 41-of-63 passes for 472 yards and two TDs in his previous three seasons, and now has career totals of 196-of-290 for 3,151 yards and 34 TDs.

The O’Brien honors the nation’s best college quarterback of the year and inspires student-athletes to triumph both on and off the field. Johnson is the only quarterback from Conference USA to be named as a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award.

EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
The Pirates moved back into a first place tie in the East Division following a 13-10 overtime win at UCF on Sunday night. The victory marked the third straight year that East Carolina has won an overtime conference game on the road and it was the first time since Nov. 24, 2000 that the Pirates have won a game when scoring less than 20 points. Sophomore RB Norman Whitley established new career highs with 25 carries for 135 yards. He also scored the Pirates only touchdown on a two-yard run with 1:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. Senior TE Davon Drew tied his career-high with six receptions and set a new career-high with 86 yards. Senior LB Pierre Bell had a team-high nine tackles and also recorded his first sack of the season. Junior LB Nick Johnson made eight tackles, including three tackles for loss and his first career sack. Freshman DB Emmanuel Davis forced and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter and intercepted a pass in overtime that helped set up the game-winning field goal.

HOUSTON COUGARS
The Cougars suffered their first conference loss of the season on Tuesday night, falling at Marshall, 37-23. Sophomore QB Case Keenum set a new school record by topping the 300-yard passing mark for the ninth straight game, including all eight this season. With 317 yards through the air, he became the fifth player in UH history to top the 3,000-yard mark in a single-season (3,005), joining Andrew Ware (1989), David Klingler (90-91), Jimmy Klingler (92) and Kevin Kolb (03, 05, 06). Freshman RB Bryce Beall carried 14 times for 68 yards, rushing for a touchdown for the fourth straight game. With five catches for 73 yards, Beall established new career highs in both categories. Redshirt freshman WR Tyron Carrier recorded his second career 100-yard game, grabbing six passes for 104 yards. Senior S Kenneth Fontenette posted a career-high 19 tackles and added two pass breakups.

MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD
The Thundering Herd improved to 3-1 in league play with a 37-23 win over Houston on Tuesday night. Marshall ran for 249 yards, with sophomore RB Darius Marshall posting his fourth 100-yard game of the season with 15 carries for 102 yards and senior RB Chubb Small gaining a career-high 81 yards on 19 carries. Freshman QB Mark Cann completed 15 of 25 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Senior WR Darius Passmore accounted for 113 total yards, catching three passes for 71 yards and rushing eight times for 42 yards. Passmore is averaging 9.7 yards per carry this season, rushing 17 times for 165 yards. Senior LB Maurice Kitchens recorded his team-high third interception of the season and also recovered a fumble and returned it 80 yards to the Houston 17-yard line to set up a TD pass from Cann to Small. Sophomore DE Michael Janac had a team-high nine tackles and set career highs in sacks (1.5) and tackles for loss (3.5).

MEMPHIS TIGERS
Junior Curtis Steele ran for 178 yards and two TDs to help Memphis beat Southern Miss, 36-30, on Oct. 25. The Tigers racked up 285 yards rushing and 516 total yards on offense. Starting QB Arkelon Hall and backup Will Hudgens were injured last week against East Carolina. Fourth-stringer Tyler Bass, who shared time with Brett Toney, was injured in the third period on Saturday night, leaving Toney as the lone quarterback. Toney lettered the last two seasons as a holder for the special teams unit and threw his first career touchdown pass when he reached junior WR Carlos Singleton on a 14-yard fade pass into the corner of the endzone with 11:52 remaining in the first quarter. Toney finished the game 7-of-13 for 102 yards. The Golden Eagles had a chance to drive for a winning touchdown, but an interception by junior LB Josh Weaver set up a Steele 22-yard touchdown to give Memphis a 36-24 lead. Steele took a direct snap for the score.

RICE OWLS
QB Chase Clement threw for 372 yards and five scores, while WRs James Casey and Jarett Dillard delivered the key catches as the Rice Owls reached bowl eligibility with a 49-44 win over UTEP in El Paso on Saturday night. Clement’s five TD passes moved him into a tie for second with Chris Redman of Louisville on the Conference USA career list with 84. He also rushed for one touchdown and his six scores brought his career mark for total touchdowns to 105, five shy of breaking Paul Smith’s C-USA record of 109. Casey tied his career high with 12 catches, including a career-best three for scores. He finished with 142 receiving, his fifth game with better than 100 yards this season and added a fourth score on a two-yard run. Dillard caught eight for 93 yards to break the C-USA career record for receiving yards, finishing the game with 3,777. He and Clement connected on one scoring pass, to extend their NCAA mark for scoring passes by a duo to 46, as well as his career mark for touchdown receptions (55) and games with a touchdown catch (34). The win was the Owls third straight and moved their season mark to 6-3 with three games remaining. It moved their C-USA record to 5-1, their best conference mark through six games since the 1960 Owls won five of their first six in the Southwest Conference.

SMU MUSTANGS
Playing in wind and rain the entire game, the Mustangs fell at Navy on Oct. 25, 34-7. Sophomore WR Aldrick Robinson tied the SMU single-season record for touchdowns with his 11th scoring reception of the year midway through the third quarter. Robinson finished with a game-high seven receptions for 94 yards, moving him over 1,000 yards (1,003) on the season. Included was a 56-yard reception, his fourth play of 50 yards or longer this season. Senior Jessie Henderson became the NCAA’s active career leader in kickoff return yards and became C-USA’s all-time leader in that category, passing East Carolina’s Chris Johnson, who set the mark last season. Henderson now has an SMU record 2,728 yards on 113 returns, just two why of the conference mark for most returns. Sophomore LB Pete Fleps recorded 23 tackles, the fourth-highest single-game total in Conference USA history and the most by an FBS player this season.

SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES
The Golden Eagles posted a 70-14 win over UAB on Saturday, their highest scoring total since a 70-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 22, 1970. The 49 first half points were the most ever scored in one half at Southern Miss. Freshman QB Austin Davis ran for a school-record five touchdowns and threw another. He rushed 10 times for 81 yards and completed 6-of-7 passes for 141 yards. Davis and freshman wide receiver DeAndre Brown connected on a 60-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. It was the eighth connection between the two of at least 36 yards this season. Brown had three catches for 97 yards with 10th TD reception of the season, tops among all FBS freshmen. The team rushed for a season-best 463 yards, breaking the 400-yard barrier for the second time this season as well as registering a new M.M. Roberts Stadium record. The Golden Eagles defense put together its best day of the year, holding UAB to just 223 total yards and forcing a season-best six turnovers. It was the first time this season Southern Miss held its opponent to under 100 yards rushing (96) and the first time since limiting Cincinnati to 71 yards on the ground in last season’s Papajohns.com Bowl.

TULANE GREEN WAVE
The Green Wave fell to No. 15 LSU on Saturday, 35-10, in the 97th all-time meeting between the two schools. Tulane’s Travis Burks returned an interception 43 yards for the Green Wave’s lone touchdown. Burks, a junior linebacker, added three kickoff returns for 62 yards and a sack to go with two solo and two assisted tackles. Tulane trailed by just 7-3 with three minutes to go in the first half, before the Tigers put in a touchdown pass and then returned a fumble for a touchdown just before halftime to seize control, 21-3 at intermission. The second half was a defensive battle until the final minutes when LSU punched in a rushing touchdown. Freshman RB Nathan Austin led the Green Wave on the ground with 53 yards on 16 carries, and caught a team-high three passes for 23 yards. FB Jordan Stephany also picked up 23 yards receiving on a pair of catches. Sophomore Kevin Moore and redshirt freshman Joe Kemp split time at quarterback for the Green Wave. Kemp completed five-of-12 for 40 yards, while Moore completed six-of-11 for 44 yards.

TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE
The Golden Hurricane suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday at Arkansas, 30-23. Tulsa marched the length of the field in the final three minutes and had first and goal from the 3-yard line, but could not score on four attempts. Tulsa rolled up 528 yards of total offense, the eighth time in nine games this season that the Hurricane has topped the 500-yard mark and the 17th time in 23 contests since the 2007 season opener. Senior QB David Johnson finished 17-of-31 for 322 yards and one touchdown, while backup QB Jacob Bower threw TU’s first touchdown pass. Sophomore FB Charles Clay posted his first 100-yard game of the season, catching seven passes for 117 yards, including a two-yard TD reception, while also rushing for a 28-yard score. Redshirt freshman Damaris Johnson had his third straight game of over 100 yards on kickoff returns with five returns for 149 yards. He has four 100-yard games on the season with 159 yards vs. Central Arkansas, 211 yards vs. UTEP and 134 yards vs. UCF. All three of TU’s touchdowns came on scoring drives of less than 2:00. The Hurricane has 35 scoring drives this season that have been under 2:00.

UAB BLAZERS
The Blazers fell at Southern Miss on Saturday, 70-14. Sophomore RB Rashaud Slaughter scored the first receiving TD of his career on a 14-yard reception in the second quarter. He has three rushing TDs in 2008. Slaughter had 65 yards rushing at Southern Miss to increase his season total to 397 yards. He is averaging 5.0 yards per rushing attempt. Junior QB Joe Webb was 16-of-23 for 127 yards and two touchdowns, but was hurt by throwing four interceptions. Webb is now No. 15 in the NCAA statistics in total offense at 287.7 yards per game. Senior K/P Swayze Waters leads C-USA in punting average (44.2) and ranks No. 11 nationally. UAB leads the conference in net punting (38.93) and is 10th in the country in that category. UAB will have its second open date in a three-week period this weekend when the Blazers have another bye before resuming action Nov. 15 vs. Tulane in New Orleans.

UCF KNIGHTS
The Knights fell in overtime against East Carolina on Sunday night, 13-10. The loss dropped UCF’s all-time record in overtime to 0-6 since moving to the FBS level in 1996 and it was the Knights first loss to a C-USA opponent at Bright House Networks Stadium (6-1). With WR Jamar Newsome’s 54-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, UCF has now scored a touchdown of 50 or more yards in each of its last four games. It was just his second career reception. Senior DB Johnell Neal’s fourth-quarter interception was his fourth of the season and the 12th of his career. He is now tied for third on UCF’s all-time list with teammate Sha’reef Rashad. The pick allowed UCF to extend its streak of games with at least one interception to 16. Junior Jarvis Geathers made his first career start at defensive end and finished the game with a career-best five tackles, including three for a loss.

UTEP MINERS
UTEP led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter against Rice, but could not slow down the high powered Owl offense and fell, 49-44, at the Sun Bowl on Saturday night. The Miners, who fell behind by as many as 15 points (35-20) in the second half, rallied to pull within 49-44 on a two-yard pass from sophomore QB Trevor Vittatoe to senior WR Jeff Moturi with 1:23 to play. But UTEP failed to recover the onside kick and the Owls ran out the clock. Moturi had five catches for 109 yards and three TDs for the Miners, for his first 100-yard receiving game of the season and the fifth of his career. Sophomore WR Kris Adams’ 37-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was his fifth of the season, all in the last five games. Senior PK Jose Martinez, who was recently named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, nailed three field goals in the game and has made nine straight over the last five games.


 

 

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