MURRAY, Ky. -- Paul McKinnis rushed for 170 yards and three second-half touchdowns to lead Murray State to a 51-21 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
McKinnis scored on runs of 5, 36 and 50 yards as the Racers (3-4, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference) held off the Golden Eagles (3-4, 1-2).
McKinnis' final score came with 43 seconds remaining in the game.
Murray State's Jeff Ehrhardt completed 22 of 29 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns as the Racers had 645 yards of offense. He also rushed for 64 yards.
The Racers took a 7-0 lead when Ehrhardt found Derrick Townsel on a 59-yard touchdown pass with 5:25 left in the first quarter. Townsel caught 11 passes for 199 yards.
Murray State scored twice in the second quarter when Charlie Jordan scored on a 14-yard run and Ehrhardt hit Marcus Harris on an 11-yard touchdown pass for a 21-0 lead with 59 seconds left in the first half.
Tennessee Tech came back on Lee Sweeney's 23-yard touchdown pass to Tim Benson with 34 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 21-7.
The Racers had three interceptions in the third quarter, leading to three scores and a 37-7 lead.
Jordan scored on a 1-yard run, Kienan Cullen kicked a 39-yard field goal and McKinnis scored his first touchdown on a 5-yard run.
Lee Sweeney completed 22 of 33 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns for Tennessee Tech. He also scored on a 1-yard run.
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