NCAA Game Summary - Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee|
(Thursday, October 6th)
Final Score: Western Kentucky 36, Middle Tennessee 33 (2-OT)
Murfreesboro, TN (Sports Network) - Bobby Rainey's seven-yard touchdown catch
in the second overtime capped a huge night for the running back as Western
Kentucky took a 36-33 win over Middle Tennessee.
After Alan Gendreau hit a 23-yard field goal to give the Blue Raiders a 33-30
lead, the Hilltoppers faced a 3rd-and-10, but Rainey's 11-yard run moved the
chains and two plays later he caught a pass out to the left and broke a tackle
on his way to the end zone.
Rainey had 196 yards on 37 carries with a touchdown and added six catches for
57 yards along with the score for the Hilltoppers (1-4, 1-1 Sun Belt), who got
two touchdowns runs from Kadeem Jones. Kawaun Jakes completed 17-of-34 passes
for 222 yards and a touchdown.
Logan Kilgore went 23-for-47 with 282 yards, two touchdowns and one
interception along with a rushing touchdown for the Blue Raiders (1-4, 0-2),
who were coming off their first win of the season, a 38-31 win against Memphis
last Saturday. William Pratcher had 16 carries for 106 yards while D.D. Kyles
added 96 yards and a score on 19 carries.
The teams exchanged rushing touchdowns in the first quarter after a two-yard
run from Kilgore halfway through gave the Blue Raiders the lead while Jones
countered with a one-yard run late in the quarter to tie the game for the
The score remained that way until the third when Kyles took a handoff up the
middle and rumbled into the end zone on a 25-yard score to give the Blue
Raiders a 13-7 lead after the extra point was blocked.
On Western Kentucky's ensuing drive, a rollout play to the right saw Jakes
throw to a wide open Joel German in the end zone, but the easy score was
dropped by German.
The Hilltoppers, though, did get a safety later in the third when Pratcher was
tackled in the end zone
After an exchange of punts, Western Kentucky took a 16-13 lead on a 10-yard
touchdown run from Rainey with under a minute to play in the third quarter.
The Blue Raiders tied the game with 9:10 to play in the fourth on a 22-yard
field goal from Gendreau following an incompletion on 3rd-and-4.
John Evans returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a score and a 23-16 lead
for Western Kentucky, but the Blue Raiders responded with an eight-yard score
from Kilgore to Anthony Amos to tie the game.
Western Kentucky got the ball down to the Middle Tennessee 17 on the final
drive of the fourth, but a holding call and false start pushed the ball back
and Casey Tinius, who missed two field goals earlier, had a 46-yard attempt
blocked to force overtime.
Jones scored on a one-yard run on Western Kentucky's first overtime possession
while Kilgore hit Sancho McDonald for a 25-yard score on Middle Tennessee's
first play of its overtime touch.
10/07 01:13:44 ET