Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 27

(5-3, 3-1 C-USA)

Florida Atl 20

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

4:00 PM ET, October 31, 2009

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 7 6 0 1427
FAU 10 7 0 320

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smith (FAU) - 304 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Kyles (MTU) - 13 CAR, 140 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Grant (FAU) - 6 REC, 80 YDS

Middle Tennessee 27, Florida Atlantic 20

Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Dwight Dasher ran for a 74-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw to give Middle Tennessee a 27-20 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

D.D. Kyles also scored a touchdown for the Blue Raiders (5-3, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference) and Sherman Neal returned a blocked punt for a score.

On Florida Atlantic's final drive, a fourth-down pass to the Middle Tennessee 8-yard line was ruled out of bounds with 59 seconds left.

Dasher was only 7-for-21 for 90 yards passing but rushed for 108 yards.

Rusty Smith went 23-for-45 for 304 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for Florida Atlantic (2-5, 2-2). He left the game with five minutes to go with a shoulder injury in his non-throwing arm.

After Ross Gornall's 42-yard field goal stretched Florida Atlantic's lead to 20-13, the Blue Raiders tied it on an 80-yard drive capped by Kyles' 8-yard touchdown run.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
FAU
1st Downs1128
Total Yards329478
Passing90377
Rushing239101
Penalties6-637-66
3rd Down Conversions1-125-18
4th Down Conversions1-42-5
Turnovers12
Possession20:0339:57

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher7/21904.300
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith23/453046.822

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kyles1314010.8143
Dasher141087.7174
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris25933.7012
Stinson9283.107

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Blissard14040.0040
Kyles2189.0015
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grant68013.3024
Harmon57715.4025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUFAU
FG08:32Ross Gornall 38 Yd 03
TD03:30Avery Holley 2 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Ross Gornall Kick) 010
TD00:43Benjamin Cunningham 29 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Alan Gendreau Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERMTUFAU
FG12:15Alan Gendreau 46 Yd 1010
TD08:53Cortez Gent 18 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Ross Gornall Kick) 1017
FG00:00Alan Gendreau 23 Yd 1317
FOURTH QUARTERMTUFAU
FG14:55Ross Gornall 42 Yd 1320
TD13:43D.D. Kyles 8 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2020
TD05:31Dwight Dasher 74 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2720