Idaho 14

(2-6, 1-4 away)

Middle Tennessee 34

(3-4, 2-1 home)

3:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

1 2 3 4 T
IDHO 7 7 0 014
MTU 0 17 14 334

Top Performers

Passing: M. Harrington (IDHO) - 200 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Jackson (MTU) - 9 CAR, 77 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Bernal-Wood (IDHO) - 10 REC, 91 YDS

Middle Tenn. St. 34, Idaho 14

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Clint Marks threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Middle Tennessee State to a 34-14 victory Saturday over Idaho.

MTSU allowed fans who came to the game to stay for a free concert afterward by hip-hop star Big Boi, an effort to meet the NCAA's minimum attendance requirements to stay in Division I-A. The game drew an estimated 16,718 people, below what school officials had hoped for.

Idaho (2-6, 1-3 Sunbelt Conference) took an early 7-0 lead on Michael Harrington's 20-yard pass to Luke Smith-Anderson. Harrington finished the day 25-of-38 for 200 yards for the Vandals.

Middle Tennessee (3-4, 2-2) drove 70 yards to tie it on Lee Baker's 1-yard run early in the second quarter.

The Vandals retook the lead on Jason Bird's 5-yard run with 10 minutes left in the half, but from there it was all Blue Raiders.

Marks' 5-yard TD run capped a 56-yard drive to tie it 14-all with 58 seconds left in the half. Idaho mishandled the ensuing kickoff and the Blue Raiders recovered, leading to a field goal with 23 seconds left and a 17-14 MTSU lead.

Terry Jackson, who led all rushers with 77 yards, broke a 52-yard run early in the third period and scored from the 1 two plays later to put the Blue Raiders up 24-14.

Marks' 14-yard pass to Pedro Holiday late in the third capped a short drive set up by a poor punt and a penalty against Idaho to made it 31-14.

Marks completed 18 of 26 passes for 194 yards on the day, and caught a 9-yard pass from Holiday on a trick play.