Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 28

(5-7, 3-4 C-USA)

LA-Lafayette 42

(6-6, 5-2 Sun Belt)

Coverage: ESPN Plus

7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2008

Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 7 7 7 728
ULL 14 7 7 1442

Top Performers

Passing: M. Desormeaux (ULL) - 243 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: T. Fenroy (ULL) - 24 CAR, 83 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. McDonald (MTU) - 6 REC, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Desormeaux lifts Louisiana-Lafayette over Middle Tennessee

Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Louisiana-Lafayette moved to the pool of bowl-eligible teams with a 42-28 victory over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night.

Gerren Blount recovered a key fumble for the Ragin' Cajuns (6-6, 5-2 Sun Belt) with just more than nine minutes left in the game, which helped the Cajuns add another seven points to their 35-28 lead.

Daylon McCoy intercepted Middle Tennessee quarterback Joe Craddock's first pass of the next drive, thwarting a Tennessee comeback. The Blue Raiders (5-7, 3-4) would have one more chance in the fourth quarter, advancing to Lafayette's 7-yard line.

But Jezreel Washington would recover a fumble two plays after the advance, allowing the Ragin' Cajuns to run the final 1:42 off the clock.

Quarterback Michael Desormeaux led the charge for the Cajuns, tossing a career-best four touchdowns for Lafayette. He finished 18-of-25 for 243 yards passing and added 42 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
ULL
1st Downs2723
Total Yards00
Passing242234
Rushing167152
Penalties6-495-44
3rd Down Conversions9-125-10
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers30
Possession28:5231:08

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Joe Craddock22/282428.621
Louisiana-LafayetteC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Michael Desormeaux18/252439.740

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Phillip Tanner23783.4218
Desmond Gee6376.6013
Louisiana-LafayetteCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tyrell Fenroy24833.5215
Michael Desormeaux11423.8013

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sancho McDonald69816.3136
Eldred King67612.7123
Louisiana-LafayetteRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jason Chery66811.3122
Louis Lee36220.7137

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUULL
10:45Ul Lafayette pass complete for a touchdown.07
8:41Middle Tenn rush for a touchdown.77
2:16Ul Lafayette rush for a touchdown.714
SECOND QUARTERMTUULL
11:20Ul Lafayette rush for a touchdown.721
6:18Middle Tenn rush for a touchdown.1421
THIRD QUARTERMTUULL
8:39Middle Tenn pass complete for a touchdown.2121
5:23Ul Lafayette pass complete for a touchdown.2128
FOURTH QUARTERMTUULL
14:53Middle Tenn pass complete for a touchdown.2828
11:06Ul Lafayette pass complete for a touchdown.2835
6:43Ul Lafayette pass complete for a touchdown.2841