AAC update: Ranks of undefeated thin following Navy’s loss
Week six of the college football season was highlighted by a few conference matchups, as well as games against a Power-5 foe and two independents.
The United States Naval Academy squared off with the 15th ranked team in the nation when they traveled to face off against the University of Notre Dame.
While the Midshipmen went into halftime trailing by just three points, the Irish pulled away in the second half and held Navy to just one field goal after the break.
With the 41-24 loss, Navy suffered their first loss of the year, and now are 4-1 overall, retaining their 2-0 record in the American Athletic Conference.
The University of South Florida played host to Syracuse University in yet another matchup with a team from the Power-5 conferences.
The Bulls erupted in the second half, scoring 35 points, including 21 in the third quarter, to pull away from the Orangemen on their way to a 45-24 win.
USF now sits at 2-3 overall, remaining at 0-1 in the AAC.
In another matchup with an independent school, East Carolina University and Brigham Young University engaged in a shootout.
The Pirates tried to mount a late comeback, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter, but their bid for a win fell just short in the 45-38 loss.
ECU is now at .500 on the year, with a 3-3 record overall and a 1-1 conference record.
The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane bounced back from a home loss to the Cougars in their game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
The Golden Hurricane trailed by four points heading into the final quarter, but two touchdowns in the fourth helped lead Tulsa to a 34-24 win.
Tulsa moves to 3-2 on the season with the win and 0-1 in AAC play.
UConn and UCF
The University of Connecticut Huskies and the University of Central Florida Knights squared off, both looking for their first conference win.
UConn dominated on the road, holding UCF to just 13 points, and glided to an easy 40-13 win.
The Huskies are now even again this season, sitting at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference, while the Knights remain winless this season, 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the American.
Tulane and Temple
The Owls of Temple University were looking to maintain their undefeated ranking, playing host to Tulane University.
Behind 21 third quarter points, the Owls rolled to a 49-10 win over the Green Wave, after shutting out Tulane in the second half.
Temple remains perfect this year, at 5-0 overall while picking up their second conference win, while Tulane falls to 2-3 this season with one win and one loss in the AAC.
Houston and SMU
In a prime-time Thursday night matchup, the Cougars and Mustangs squared off inside TDECU Stadium.
Southern Methodist University surprised UH early, taking a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, but the Cougars rebounded to dominate the rest of the night.
Behind four rushing touchdowns for junior quarterback Greg Ward Jr. and three rushing touchdowns from senior running back Kenneth Farrow, the Cougars cruised to a 49-28 win.
Houston also remains perfect this year, at 5-0 overall and with a pair of conference wins, while SMU falls to 1-5 this season and 0-2 in AAC action.
Temple retained their spot on top of the East division following the weekend’s action, and as the only team with an undefeated record in conference in their division, is on complete control of their destiny.
Navy, Houston and the University of Memphis are still tied atop the West, but the Cougars and Tigers pull ahead slightly as the Midshipmen suffered their first loss of the season, with just three AAC teams still undefeated.