Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 28

(6-6, 5-3 C-USA)

FIU 27

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

6:00 PM ET, December 4, 2010

FIU Stadium, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 7 7 7 728
FIU 14 3 3 727

Top Performers

Passing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 244 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Tanner (MTU) - 14 CAR, 62 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Jefferson (MTU) - 3 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Middle Tennessee 28, Fla. International 27

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Phillip Tanner scored on a 3-yard run with 7:26 left in the game to help Middle Tennessee edge Florida International 28-27 on Saturday night to become bowl eligible.

With the win, the Blue Raiders (6-6, 5-3 Sun Belt Conference) denied FIU's chance for sole possession of the conference title. The Panthers (6-6, 6-2) will share the Sun Belt crown with Troy.

FIU had a chance to get itself in field goal range, but T.Y. Hilton fumbled after he caught an 8-yard pass from Wayne Younger with 2:38 remaining. Corey Carmichael recovered the fumble at the Middle Tennessee 27.

Younger replaced FIU's Wesley Carroll after he appeared to get hit in the face and nose on a run.

Tanner's score came 2:31 after FIU took a 27-21 lead when Darriet Perry scored on a 6-yard run. Tanner led Middle Tennessee with 62 yards on 14 carries and two scores.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
FIU
1st Downs1320
Total Yards369414
Passing244178
Rushing125236
Penalties7-569-77
3rd Down Conversions5-131-11
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Turnovers12
Possession23:2736:33

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher14/2324410.611
Florida InternationalC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carroll15/191417.410

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tanner14624.4227
Dasher13574.4047
Florida InternationalCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mallary151046.9034
Perry16533.3212

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jefferson38428.0138
McDonald36421.3031
Florida InternationalRECYDSAVGTDLG
Times24522.5028
Perry13030.0030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUFIU
TD12:59Greg Ellingson 7 Yd Pass From Wesley Carroll (Jack Griffin Kick) 07
TD05:20Darriet Perry 2 Yd Run (Jack Griffin Kick) 014
TD00:00Benjamin Cunningham 2 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERMTUFIU
TD08:00Phillip Tanner 6 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1414
FG00:00Jack Griffin 50 Yd 1417
THIRD QUARTERMTUFIU
TD12:41Tavarres Jefferson 14 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2117
FG02:01Jack Griffin 23 Yd 2120
FOURTH QUARTERMTUFIU
TD09:57Darriet Perry 6 Yd Run (Jack Griffin Kick) 2127
TD07:26Phillip Tanner 3 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2827