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Group of 5 Update – Record broken and Rams see path to top of Mountain West

e Group of 5 that saw a record set, a huge comeback, and two teams continue their winning streaks.

Cato sets records, Thundering Herd swarms Panthers – The Marshall Thundering Herd were victorious again Saturday, improving to 7-0 with a 45-13 win over the Florida International Panthers.  The big story coming from this game was Senior QB Rakeem Cato who threw for 200 yards and 4 TDs, a good day for any QB, but he also set an NCAA record by throwing a TD for his 39th consecutive game, breaking Russell Wilson’s record. It was a very special moment for Cato as he set the record in his hometown of Miami, and continued to become a household name. The Thundering Herd also moved to No. 23 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll (five spots behind Group of 5 rival East Carolina who was idle but defeated UCONN last night).  This weekend, the Herd will play the Florida Atlantic Owls, a potentially dangerous team.

Owls eyes on Herd following stunning comeback– Speaking of the Florida Atlantic Owls, they pulled off one of the most impressive comebacks on the season Saturday,  erasing a 31-14 halftime deficit and scoring two TDs in 55 seconds in the fourth quarter to defeat the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 45-38.  The Owls are an extremely young, talented team led by Junior QB Jaquez Johnson who threw for 325 yards and 3 TDs Saturday, while running for 95 yards and 2 more TDs. The Owls travel to Marshall this weekend in an attempt to knock off the undefeated Thundering Herd.  If the Owls play like they did in the second half Saturday, this has the makings of a great game and potential upset.

Knights win fourth straight – The UCF Knights pulled off their fourth straight win Saturday defeating the Tulane Green Wave 20-13. After losing their first two games of the year, the Knights looked like a team that might struggle, , but they have pulled together and won their first two conference games while putting up a 4-2 record. As of now, this may not mean anything, but looking at the Knights schedule, they play four of the bottom teams in the AAC, with a trip to a Temple team that is very Jekyll and Hyde like. Now, if the Knights rip off five more straight wins, that sets them up for a date with No. 18 East Carolina in the final game of the season.  That game could determine the AAC Champion and which team makes it to a Big Six bowl, depending on the rankings.

Ajayi leads Broncos to win – Boise State pulled off another quality win last Friday night over the Fresno State Bulldogs, winning 37-27. The Broncos improved to 5-2 on the year and 3-1 in the Mountain West.  To become Mountain Division Champions, they’ll need to win their remaining conference games and hold off the red-hot Colorado State Rams.

Rams win fifth straight – The red-hot Colorado State Rams improved to 6-1 on the year, winning their fifth straight game, defeating7 Utah State 16-13.  To win the Mountain Division, they’ll need to win out and have Boise State lose.  The Broncos hold the tie-breaker after beating the Rams 37-24 early in the season..

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