On Friday night a pair of Conference USA picked up a pair of wins as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and University of Texas San Antonio were victorious. Considering how awful Marshall’s strength of schedule is this year, any an every win from conference members is only going to help. Better competition is only going to make the Herd look better if they can run the table. That’s a big if, but the health of Conference USA is important to every member, so even for non-cynical reasons, it was good to see the conference pick up a pair of wins.
Hilltoppers offense guns down Falcons in 59-31 win
The Hilltoppers entered 2014′s opening game as a 7.5 point underdog to the visiting Bowling Green State Falcons, with multiple question marks for the Hilltoppers as they entered the post Antonio Andrews era. Few thought that WKU would be able to find their groove in the first game of the season…oh how wrong they were.
BGSU would win the opening coin toss and elected to receive the ball. With a quick three and out they punted to WKU, which set up a Hilltoppers drive at the 27 yardline. Redshirt senior quarterback Brandon Doughty and company came out guns-a-blazon as they threw over seven times to drive right down the field. Leon Allen would be in prime position to rush in the first touchdown of the game, and set the pace for what was left of the opening 60 minutes as well. After a failed 4th down attempt by BGSU the Tops would take over and the route would commence. The Hilltoppers would run and throw for a new school record of 702 yards of total offense on their way to a 59-31 victory.
Starting off the season on a high note obviously has the Western Kentucky fans excited.
We want Marshall! We want A&M! We want Auburn! We want FSU! WE WANT ALL THE TEAMS!!!
— Wave The Red Towel (@WaveTheRedTowel) August 30, 2014
They’ll have to wait until Nov. 28 at the Joan to take on the Herd.
Roadrunners stop Cougars in their tracks 27-7
UTSA’s win came from the other end of the spectrum as they nearly shut out the Houston Cougars on Friday night. Houston had been gotten a few votes in the USA Today preseason poll, but it doesn’t seem likely they’ll be getting any more anytime soon.
There was only one sign in UTSA’s locker room pregame. “Take That Ball,” it read. Runners have forced 6 TOs.
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) August 30, 2014
Herd Women’s soccer gets a win, Men’s soccer draws, and volleyball falls
The women’s soccer team picked up their first win of the season with a 3-0 win over VCU while the Herd Men’s Soccer team managed to draw 0-0 with Duquesne. The volleyball team fell in five sets to Eastern Michigan.
Dobson starting to look fully healed after off season surgery
Aaron Dobson wasn’t seen a lot of action in the preseason, but perhaps he showed he’s ready for the regular season with a good showing in the Patriots final preseason game.
Aaron Dobson: Tonight was Aaron Dobson’s first game action of the preseason, and he delivered exactly what the Patriots need: a big-bodied, physical receiver who can stretch the defense vertically. Dobson did not appear to have any issues pushing off his previously injured left foot, and finished with three catches for 57 yards with a 33-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. The touchdown catch was spectacular, with Dobson getting away from a hold by the receiver while making a leaping, falling reception into the end zone. It wasn’t a perfect outing for Dobson, but no one expected it to be. He looked a little rusty while running an in-breaking route on an incomplete pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at 7:58 in the first quarter, but tonight was a great first step for Dobson.
Aaron Blair getting a call-up?
It was never supposed to get this bad for the Diamondbacks. Not long ago, they were rich in major-league-ready pitching. Now, they have the league’s second-worst rotation. They were never supposed to be this desperate for help.
But there is hope, and it rests within the sweltering anonymity of the Southern League. This, too, wasn’t supposed to work out this way, but here they are: The Diamondbacks’ top three pitching prospects are anchoring the same Mobile BayBears rotation, and when the Double-A playoffs begin next week, no team will be able to match the prospect star power of right-handers Archie Bradley, Braden Shipley and Aaron Blair.
The Diamondbacks need top-of-the-rotation help. They might find it in these three.