NCAA Game Summary - Middle Tennessee at Memphis
(Saturday, September 15th)
Final Score: Middle Tennessee 48, Memphis 30
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Logan Kilgore completed 22-of-30 pass attempts
for 253 yards and a two scores as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders routed the
Memphis Tigers, 48-30, at Liberty Bowl Stadium.
Anthony Amos was Kilgore's favorite target on the night as the receiver caught
nine passes for 128 yards for Middle Tennessee (2-1). With the win the Blue
Raiders are above .500 for the first time since 2009.
Jacob Karam threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns on 26-of-37 passing for
Memphis (0-3) but was also intercepted once. Marcus Rucker (177 yards, 2 TDs)
and Keiwone Malone (102 yards) each caught a game-high 10 passes.
A seven-play, 75-yard march on Middle Tennessee's opening drive took just over
two minutes and was capped with a Kilgore passing touchdown to Christian
Collis from 12 yards out.
Memphis responded with a 38-yard field goal by Tyler Spurlock and then a 49-
yard touchdown pass from Karam to Rucker. That touchdown, which came just
eight seconds into the second quarter, put the Tigers ahead 10-7.
A 19-yard field goal by Carlos Lopez just under four minutes later knotted
the game at 10-10. The Blue Raiders recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff
to set up another Lopez field goal (43 yards) pushing Middle Tennessee ahead
The Blue Raiders kept distancing themselves from the Tigers when Kevin Byard
intercepted a Karam pass and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown. With the
extra point the Blue Raiders held a 20-10 lead.
It didn't get any better for the Tigers in the quarter. A Karam fumble was
recovered by Memphis and set up a six-yard rushing touchdown from Benny
Cunningham to put the Blue Raiders up 27-10.
Karam made up for his blunder on the Tigers' next drive with a 10-yard
touchdown pass to Rucker leaving the score 27-17 in favor of Middle Tennessee
heading into the locker room.
A one-yard rushing touchdown by Cunningham early in the second half, followed
by a two-yard rushing touchdown by Drayton Calhoun, made the score 41-17 in
favor of the visitors.
The Tigers wouldn't go down quietly however, inching closer on a six-yard
rushing touchdown by Jerrell Rhodes. The score stood at 41-23 when the
ensuing two-point conversion attempt failed.
However, the Tiger defense just couldn't find an answer for the Middle
Tennessee offense which scored yet again on a nine-yard touchdown pass from
Kilgore to Collis on the squad's next drive.
Memphis added a touchdown with just over a minute left in regulation on a one-
yard run by Carl Harris to account for the final score.
Middle Tennessee was a perfect 6-for-6 in the red zone with five of those
conversions resulting in touchdowns.
09/15 23:22:54 ET
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