Scores

Final

Florida Atl 14

(3-6, 2-2 C-USA)

Middle Tennessee 35

(6-3, 5-0 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, November 4, 2006

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

1 2 3 4 T
FAU 0 7 0 714
MTU 0 14 7 1435

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smith (FAU) - 223 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Gross (MTU) - 21 CAR, 208 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: F. Simeon (FAU) - 6 REC, 97 YDS

Middle Tennessee 35, Florida Atlantic 14

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Eugene Gross rushed for a career-high 208 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Middle Tennessee to a 35-14 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

Early in the game, Gross capped an 85-yard scoring drive in the first quarter with a 2-yard touchdown to give the Blue Raiders (6-3, 5-0) a 7-0 lead. Then with 44 seconds left before halftime, Gross scored on a 56-yard touchdown run.

The Owls (3-6, 2-2) used the two-minute offense effectively to cut the lead to 14-7 with 16 seconds left in the half. But at the beginning of the second half, Middle Tennessee's Damon Nickson returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

The return was Nickson's second of the season, which tied a school record for most kickoffs returned for touchdown in a season.

The Blue Raiders, who rushed for 271 yards on the ground, improved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1992 (an 8-0 start in the Ohio Valley Conference).

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