Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 21

(2-5, 1-3 away)

Memphis 7

(2-4, 2-2 home)

8:00 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 7 0 7 721
MEM 7 0 0 07

Top Performers

Passing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 230 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 19 CAR, 180 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Calhoun (MEM) - 4 REC, 51 YDS, 1 TD

Middle Tennessee 21, Memphis 7

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Quarterback Dwight Dasher threw for one touchdown, rushed for another score and collected 410 yards of offense Saturday night to lead Middle Tennessee to a 21-7 victory over Memphis.

Dasher's 61-yard scoring run with 3:46 left put the Blue Raiders ahead for good. He finished the night with 180 yards rushing on 19 carries, and completed 16-of-26 passes for 230 yards.

DeMarco McNair caught Dasher's touchdown pass on a 55-yard play to open the scoring. McNair would add a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

Middle Tennessee (2-5) suffered through a night of turnovers as the Blue Raiders threw two interceptions and lost a pair of fumbles. Memphis (2-4) couldn't convert any of them into points.

Even when the Blue Raiders failed on a fake field goal with just over 5 minutes left, the Tigers couldn't move the ball, punting it away.

On the next play, Dasher dashed for his 61-yard touchdown, sending most of the Tiger fans heading to the parking lot.

Reserve quarterback Will Hudgens, subbing for injured Tiger starter Martin Hankins, was unable to repeat his performance against Marshall 11 days earlier when he threw for a career-high 346 yards in a Tiger victory.

Saturday night his passes were off the mark, and he managed only 134 yards through the air, completing 13 of 35 passes, missing connections on 10 of his last 12 throws.

The teams were tied 7-7 at intermission after first half where both teams moved the ball but were hindered by mistakes.

The Blue Raiders scored on their first possession when Dasher connected with McNair, capping an 80-yard drive in seven plays.

The Tigers answered later in the first quarter with their own 80-yard march that culminated with a 19-yard pass from Hudgens to Duke Calhoun.

The Tigers kicking woes continued as Matt Reagan couldn't convert a 47-yard field goal. Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee threw an interception and lost a fumble in the half.

The mistakes continued in the second half as Dasher threw his first interception of the season, picked off by Memphis defensive back Brandon Patterson, thwarting a Middle Tennessee drive deep in Tiger territory.

Instead of seizing the opportunity, Memphis running back T. J. Pitts fumbled, and Middle Tennessee's Tavares Jones recovered at the Memphis 14, giving the Blue Raiders the ball back.

This time Middle Tennessee converted the turnover into McNair's second touchdown, this one on a 1-yard run.

The Middle Tennessee defense held the Tigers to 65 yards of offense.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
MEM
1st Downs2113
Total Yards490248
Passing230157
Rushing26091
Penalties5-507-49
3rd Down Conversions8-155-17
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers41
Possession32:3227:28

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher16/262308.811
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hudgens13/351343.810

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dasher191809.5161
McNair17502.9111
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pitts14493.509
Hudgens6152.5011

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
McNair15555.0155
Gee44110.3021
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Calhoun45112.8119
Singleton24522.5041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUMEM
TD11:34Demarco Mcnair 55 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Matt King Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:26
70
TD00:58Duke Calhoun 19 Yd Pass From Will Hudgens (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:36
77
THIRD QUARTERMTUMEM
TD08:15Demarco Mcnair 1 Yd Run (Matt King Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 14 yds, :45
147
FOURTH QUARTERMTUMEM
TD03:46Dwight Dasher 61 Yd Run (Matt King Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 61 yds, :09
217