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(Saturday, October 13)
Final Score: Middle Tennessee 34, FIU 30
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Logan Kilgore completed 17-of-30 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown to lead the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders to a victory over the FIU Panthers in a 34-30 Sun Belt Conference thriller at FIU Stadium.
Middle Tennessee (4-2, 2-1 Sun Belt) running back Ben Cunningham had 230 yards rushing on 36 carries and two touchdowns but it was Reggie Whatley's seven- yard run late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory. The leading receiver was Anthony Amos, who had eight catches for 148 yards and one touchdown.
As for FIU (1-6, 0-3) Jake Medlock completed 24-of-38 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns. His two favorite targets were Glenn Coleman and Willis Wright. Coleman caught five passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. Wright caught three passes for 109 yards and one touchdown.
On the first possession of the game, FIU drove down the field before Kedrick Rhodes fumbled in the red zone was recovered by James Roberson of Middle Tennessee.
The Blue Raiders moved right down the field after that turnover and Carlos Lopez made a 33-yard field goal to put the first points on the board.
The Panthers responded with a Medlock touchdown pass to Coleman for 25 yards but missed the extra point pitting the score at 6-3.
FIU regained possession and De'Andre Jasper took a 26-yard run into the end zone to put the Panthers' lead at 13-3.
The Panthers scored again on a 15-play drive when Mallary punched it in from one yard out to add on to their lead, 20-3.
Right before the end of the first half, the Blue Raiders quickly marched down the field and Kilgore connected with Amos for a 20-yard touchdown, to take a 20-10 deficit into the locker room.
The Blue Raiders opened up the second half with a one-yard touchdown run by Cunningham, but they still trailed 20-17.
Jack Griffin made a 45-yard field goal for the Panthers to make the score 23-17.
In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Lopez connected on a 31-yard field goal, but the Blue Raiders still trailed 23-20.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Cunningham scored on a 24-yard touchdown run to give the Blue Raiders a 27-23 lead.
FIU came right back when Medlock connected with Wright for a 30-yard touchdown to give the Panthers a 30-27 lead with one minute to go in the game.
On the ensuing possession, Whatley had the game winning touchdown run from seven yards out to give the Blue Raiders a 34-30 victory.
Middle Tennessee outgained FIU on the ground 256-142.
10/13 22:05:35 ET
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