No. 21 USF allows program-record 57 points in loss to Houston

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HOUSTON ‘ During this bizarre season in which sluggish starts have prevailed as USF’s common denominator, the Bulls often have been accused of playing “down” to their level of competition.

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The No. 21 Bulls spotted Houston two early touchdowns before waging an offensive slugfest with the potent Cougars. And despite landing one telling counter punch after another, the defense had no answer for the decisive blows of Cougars quarterback D’Eriq King, who willed Houston past USF for the second year in a row.

This year’s final: Cougars, 57-36. The 57 points are the most allowed by a Bulls team in the program’s 21-plus seasons.

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American Athletic Conference power rankings: Week 8

While the American Athletic Conference East division remains a three-team race, Houston is in the driver’s seat as the only remaining unbeaten team in the West.

Houston, which has won its first two league games by an average 18.5 points, moved to No. 2 in the weekly power rankings compiled by 12 beat reporters from every conference school.

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Previous ranking: 1’|’Points: 143Record:’6-0 (3-0 AAC)’Last week:’defeated Memphis, 31-30This week: at East CarolinaTrajectory:’Steady. Tailback Taj McGowan rushed for two scores including a 71-yard touchdown in the third quarter and quarterback McKenzie Milton scored on a seven-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to help UCF rally from a double-digit deficit in the first half to knock off Memphis.’Did you know?’McKenzie Milton passed Blake Bortles for fourth-place all-time in program history for career passing yards (7,817).’- Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel

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  • Date: 2018-10-17T13:00:00+00:00
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UCF, Houston, South Florida Lead Latest AAC Power Rankings

With each American Athletic Conference team having played at least half its schedule, the league’s standings have begun to take shape.

In the East division, three teams (UCF, USF, Cincinnati) stand undefeated on the season, while a fourth (Temple) has yet to lose in conference play. And in the West, Houston looks like a clear favorite, with a 5-1 overall record and 2-0 mark in conference play.

UConn, meanwhile, ranks last once again in the weekly AAC power rankings, as voted on by the conference’s beat writers.

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Trajectory: Surging. Against overmatched ECU, All-America defensive tackle Ed Oliver recorded his first two sacks of the season, tied the AAC single-game record with five tackles for loss and forced a fumble that led to a touchdown. Oliver has enjoyed success against Navy, setting a career-high with 14 tackles, including 3′ for loss and two sacks, in last year’s meeting. ‘He’s always given us trouble,’ Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said.

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