Scores

Final

LA-Lafayette 34

(2-8, 2-3 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 24

(5-6, 4-2 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

1 2 3 4 T
ULL 0 14 7 1334
MTU 7 14 3 024

Top Performers

Passing: M. Desormeaux (ULL) - 152 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Desormeaux (ULL) - 19 CAR, 175 YDS

Receiving: T. Henry (MTU) - 3 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Louisiana-Lafayette 34, Middle Tennessee 24

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Michael Desormeaux rushed for 175 yards and threw two touchdowns to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 34-24 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday in Sun Belt Conference play.

Desormeaux broke free for a 86-yard run to the 2 that allowed the Ragin' Cajuns (2-8, 2-3) to tie the game after Tyrell Fenroy's 2-yard touchdown with 7:39 left in the second quarter.

Middle Tennessee (5-6, 4-2) had taken a 14-0 lead behind two touchdown passes from Joe Craddock. Craddock threw an 11-yard strike to Jonathan Grigsby with 8:18 left in the first quarter and a 32-yard scoring strike to Taron Henry with 13:59 left in the first half.

Louisiana-Lafayette rolled up 528 yards of total offense, including 376 on the ground. Fenroy rushed for 100 yards on 24 carries while Desormeaux gained 175 on 19 carries.

The Blue Raiders took a 21-14 lead into the half after DeMarco McNair scored on a 1-yard run with 1:35 left.

Desormeaux threw a pair of touchdowns in the second half to rally the Ragin' Cajuns. He connected with Kevin Belton on a 4-yard touchdown on ULL's opening drive of the second half.

Middle Tennessee answered with a David DeFatta 20-yard field goal with 6:40 left in the third quarter to take a 24-21 lead.

The Ragin' Cajuns took the lead for good as Desormeaux connected with Deon Wallace for a 52-yard scoring play with 10:57 left in the game, capping an 8-play, 97-yard scoring drive.

Jason Chery's 31-yard touchdown run with 8:27 left secured the victory for Louisiana-Lafayette.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ULL
MTU
1st Downs2516
Total Yards528256
Passing152118
Rushing376138
Penalties11-997-64
3rd Down Conversions7-134-12
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers21
Possession31:4628:14

Passing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Desormeaux13/201527.622
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Craddock8/11898.120

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteCARYDSAVGTDLG
Desormeaux191759.2086
Fenroy241004.2116
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gee8718.9039
McNair17633.7122

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wallace15252.0152
Falgout23115.5023
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henry35217.3132
Honeycutt4225.508

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERULLMTU
TD08:18Jonathan Grigsby 11 Yd Pass From Joe Craddock (David Defatta Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 55 yds, 3:12
07
SECOND QUARTERULLMTU
TD13:59Taron Henry 32 Yd Pass From Joe Craddock (David Defatta Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 73 yds, 3:43
014
TD10:46Deon Wallace 1 Yd Run (Drew Edmiston Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 62 yds, 3:13
714
TD07:39Tyrell Fenroy 2 Yd Run (Drew Edmiston Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 80 yds, 1:58
1414
TD01:35Demarco Mcnair 1 Yd Run (David Defatta Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 54 yds, 2:09
1421
THIRD QUARTERULLMTU
TD10:59Kevin Belton 4 Yd Pass From Michael Desormeaux (Drew Edmiston Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 70 yds, 4:01
2121
FG06:40David Defatta 20 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 54 yds, 4:19
2124
FOURTH QUARTERULLMTU
TD10:57Deon Wallace 52 Yd Pass From Michael Desormeaux (Drew Edmiston Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 97 yds, 3:09
2824
TD08:27Jason Chery 31 Yd Run (Pat Failed)
Drive: 4 plays, 48 yds, :59
3424