Some painful football items

November 26, 2012 by Doug Smock

First, the Conference USA bowl picture, sans the Thundering Herd. Second, another player of the week against the Herd.

If Tulsa wins the championship game, this will be C-USA’s bowl lineup:

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.: Tulsa
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 29, Fort Worth, Texas: Rice
Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Hawai’i: SMU
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22, New Orleans, La.: East Carolina
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, Dec. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla.: UCF

If UCF wins the championship game, this will be C-USA’s bowl lineup:

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.: UCF
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 29, Fort Worth, Texas: Tulsa
Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Hawai’i: SMU
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22, New Orleans, La.: Rice
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, Dec. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla.: East Carolina

Air Force is penciled in as the opponent in Fort Worth; La.-Lafayette is the host of sorts in New Orleans.

So how will C-USA do in those five games?

Second item: Shane Carden of East Carolina was C-USA’s offensive player of the week, to no surprise. Here is the list of C-USA POWs that victimized the Herd:

Offensive
Shane Carden, ECU — 439 yards, 3 TDs pass, 3 TDs run
Darrin Reaves, UAB — 180-something yards rushing, 17-yard dagger of a TD
Taylor McHargue, Rice — 300+ passing, 150+ rushing, simply ridiculous

Special teams
Quincy McDuffie, UCF — 2 TDs on kickoff returns

8 conference games, 4 opposing POWs. Rakeem Cato won an award in the Memphis game, Tyler Williams in the Rice game and Tommy Shuler in a nonconference game, at Purdue.

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