CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ten of Conference USA's 12 football teams lost their first game of the season, but only one of those losses forced the exit of a team's offensive coordinator.
Houston's 30-13 loss to Texas State, a team in its first year in the Football Bowl Subdivision, led to offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt resigning just one week into the season. The Cougars, the No. 1 FBS offense in 2011, mustered just 326 yards against Texas State and went 1 for 13 on third down.
Travis Bush will take over play-calling duties, and Coach Tony Levine said he has complete confidence in him to pull Houston out of its offensive doldrums against Louisiana Tech.
"We've had one chapter of our book, and it was a bad chapter, but we're not putting the book down, we're going on to chapter two," Levine said. "There are 12 total guaranteed and we're going to read the whole thing."
Levine said Houston will tweak its offense, but there won't be a major overhaul. As for his input in the offense - he coached tight ends and outside wide receivers before taking the top job following Kevin Sumlin's departure to Texas A&M - he said that won't change much, either.
"My input is primarily during the week," he said. "Once the game starts, if I feel that I need to give input I will and I did Saturday night. I am involved during the week, but once the game starts, our coordinators on all three phases are responsible for calling the game."
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SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI played three quarterbacks in a 49-20 loss at Nebraska and the competition will continue. Chris Campbell led the Golden Eagles, going 6 for 12 for 69 yards and a touchdown against the Huskers. Anthony Alford went 1 for 5 for six yards, and Ricky Lloyd went 0 for 2.