NCAA Game Summary - Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky|
(Saturday, November 20th)
Final Score: Middle Tennessee 27, Western Kentucky 26
Bowling Green, KY (Sports Network) - The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders scored
14 fourth quarter points en route to a thrilling come-from-behind victory over
the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a Sun Belt Conference tilt at Houchens-
MTU (4-6, 3-3 SunBelt) only totaled 208 yards in the win. Phillip Tanner
rushed for 62 yards, while Benjamin Cunningham rumbled for 59 yards and one
Bobby Rainey led the way for WKU (2-9, 2-6) with 248 yards and two touchdowns
in the loss.
Rainey's one-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter gave the
Hilltoppers a 7-0 lead.
However, Eric Russell returned the ensuing kick off 97 yards for a touchdown,
tying the game at seven apiece.
WKU's Derrius Brooks scored on a block punt just a few minutes later, but the
extra point for the Hilltoppers was blocked as well, leaving their lead at
Seconds in the second stanza Casey Tinius nailed a 38-yard field goal to
extend WKU's lead to 16-7.
Alan Gendreau capped off a 13-play, 63-yard drive with a 23-yard kick for MTU.
However, Tinius closed out the half with a 22-yard field goal, as the
Hilltoppers took a 19-10 advantage into the break.
Rainey's two-yard touchdown run pushed WKU's lead to 26-10 late in the third
Less than two minutes later Gendreau connected on a 40-yard kick, cutting
MTU's deficit to 26-13.
Rod Issac returned a fumble 99 yards for a touchdown, brining the Blue Raiders
within a touchdown of taking the lead.
MTU finally took that lead late in the final frame when Cunningham scored on a
six-yard run, that put the Blue Raiders ahead for good, 27-26.
11/20 22:58:49 ET