Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 27

(4-6, 3-3 C-USA)

W Kentucky 26

(2-9, 2-5 C-USA)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:15 PM ET, November 20, 2010

L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 7 3 3 1427
WKU 13 6 7 026

Top Performers

Passing: K. Jakes (WKU) - 98 YDS

Rushing: B. Rainey (WKU) - 45 CAR, 248 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Rainey (WKU) - 4 REC, 34 YDS

Middle Tennessee 27, W. Kentucky 26

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Rod Issac returned a fumble 99 yards to key Middle Tennessee's second-half comeback and the Blue Raiders defeated Western Kentucky 27-26 on Saturday.

Middle Tennessee (4-6, 3-3 Sun Belt Conference) scored the final 17 points of the game, taking the lead on Benjamin Cunningham's 6-yard run and Alan Gendreau's extra point with 4:38 left.

Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey had career highs with 45 carries and 248 yards. He scored two touchdowns.

Issac, a defensive back, cut Western Kentucky's lead to 26-20 when he scooped up a fumbled snap and returned it 99 yards for the score with 10:27 remaining.

Casey Tinius' 34-yard field goal attempt on the ensuing possession was blocked to preserve the victory.

The Hilltoppers (2-9, 2-5) were winless at home for the second straight year and have not won a home game since Sept. 20, 2008.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
WKU
1st Downs1119
Total Yards208395
Passing6898
Rushing140297
Penalties4-416-34
3rd Down Conversions5-168-20
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Turnovers01
Possession21:4238:18

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher12/25682.700
Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jakes9/22984.500

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tanner18623.4011
Cunningham6599.8120
Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rainey452485.5245
Andrews6427.0013

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Blissard12424.0024
McDonald2168.0012
Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rainey4348.5024
Haynes23417.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUWKU
TD09:33Bobby Rainey 1 Yd Run (Casey Tinius Kick) 07
TD09:21Eric Russell 97 Yd Kickoff Return (Alan Gendreau Kick) 77
TD06:13Derrius Brooks Recovered Blocked Punt In End Zone (Pat Blocked) 713
SECOND QUARTERMTUWKU
FG14:02Casey Tinius 38 Yd 716
FG10:33Alan Gendreau 23 Yd 1016
FG00:00Casey Tinius 22 Yd 1019
THIRD QUARTERMTUWKU
TD05:04Bobby Rainey 2 Yd Run (Casey Tinius Kick) 1026
FG03:05Alan Gendreau 40 Yd 1326
FOURTH QUARTERMTUWKU
TD10:27Rod Issac 99 Yd Fumble Return (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2026
TD04:38Benjamin Cunningham 6 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2726