Saturday, September 19, 2009
MTSU and Southern Miss also pull upsets
Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
Northern Illinois posted the first upset over an automatic-qualifying team in Week 3, and Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss quickly followed suit.
Middle Tennessee defeated Maryland 32-31 and Southern Miss defeated Virginia 37-34. Both non-AQ teams had to come from behind for their wins.
MTSU kicker Alan Gendreau hit a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give the Blue Raiders the one-point win. It was the second consecutive week a Sun Belt kicker hit a field goal as time expired to give his team a win over an automatic-qualifying team.
This is the second consecutive season Middle Tennessee has defeated Maryland. Last year, the Blue Raiders won 24-14.
Southern Miss backup running back Tory Harrison had a 57-yard touchdown run with 8 minutes remaining to cap a comeback from a 34-17 deficit.
Southern Miss is 3-0 for the first time since 2004.