Scores

Final

Maryland 14

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Middle Tennessee 24

(1-1, 0-1 C-USA)

7:00 PM ET, September 6, 2008

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

1 2 3 4 T
MD 7 0 7 014
MTU 7 3 14 024

Top Performers

Passing: J. Craddock (MTU) - 256 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Scott (MD) - 11 CAR, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Beyah (MTU) - 4 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Craddock, Middle Tennessee surprise Maryland 

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Joe Craddock passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns to lead Middle Tennessee State to a 24-14 win over Maryland on Saturday.

The Blue Raiders' victory was the first ever over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent and second victory for the Sun Belt Conference over a team from the BCS leagues this season. Arkansas State defeated Texas A&M last week.

Craddock led MTSU on a 10-play, 80-yard drive to open the game, throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Sancho McDonald with 9:04 left in the quarter.

The Blue Raiders (1-1) converted a fake punt when punter David DeFatta rolled to the right and threw back to the left to Alvin Ingle for a 28-yard completion.

Maryland answered as Da'Rel Scott dashed 63 yard on the Terps' second offensive play to tie the game. Scott rushed for a game-high 123 yards.

Middle Tennessee's defense held Maryland (1-1) to 118 yards and three first downs in the first half.

The Blue Raiders capitalized on a Maryland interception to extend the lead to 17-7 midway through the fourth quarter.

Danny Carmichael recorded his first career interception and returned it 25 yards to the Maryland 5. Phillip Tanner scored on a 1-yard run three plays later.

Maryland used a big play to pull within 17-14 with 2:15 left in the third quarter.

Chris Turner threw a short pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey, who turned it into a 80-yard touchdown.

Craddock's second touchdown pass, a 53-yard strike to Malcolm Beyah with 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter, provided the final margin.

Maryland had three possessions inside the Middle Tennessee 35 in the final quarter but could not score.

A drive midway in the fourth quarter ended when backup quarterback Josh Portis was stopped for a loss on fourth down.

The Blue Raiders defense picked off two passes in the fourth quarter. Ted Riley picked a pass at the MTSU 2 midway through the fourth quarter. Alex Suber's interception in the end zone with 2:18 remaining secured the win.

For MTSU, it was the school's fourth win over a BCS opponent. The Blue Raiders had previously beaten Vanderbilt on three occasions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
MTU
1st Downs1521
Total Yards357402
Passing211284
Rushing146118
Penalties5-428-62
3rd Down Conversions5-118-20
4th Down Conversions0-13-4
Turnovers31
Possession20:1139:49

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner13/282077.413
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Craddock28/402566.420

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott1112311.2163
Portis6315.2016
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tanner22612.817
Craddock9283.1012

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Heyward-Bey39030.0180
Watson12929.0029
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Beyah49423.5153
Caldwell6325.308

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDMTU
TD09:04Sancho Mcdonald 5 Yd Pass From Joe Craddock (Alan Gendreau Kick) 07
TD08:14Da'Rel Scott 63 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERMDMTU
FG06:24Alan Gendreau 31 Yd 710
THIRD QUARTERMDMTU
TD07:45Phillip Tanner 1 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 717
TD02:15Darrius Heyward-Bey 80 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Obi Egekeze Kick) 1417
TD00:22Malcolm Beyah 53 Yd Pass From Joe Craddock (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1424