Scores

Final

North Texas 13

(1-10, 0-6 C-USA)

Middle Tennessee 52

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

3:30 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

1 2 3 4 T
UNT 13 0 0 013
MTU 17 28 7 052

Top Performers

Passing: J. Craddock (MTU) - 251 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Tanner (MTU) - 14 CAR, 159 YDS, 5 TD

Receiving: C. Fitzgerald (UNT) - 12 REC, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Middle Tennessee 52, North Texas 13

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Phillip Tanner rushed for 159 yards and scored six touchdowns to lead Middle Tennessee to a 52-13 win over North Texas on Saturday.

Tanner scored five rushing touchdowns in the first half and returned the opening kickoff of the second half 92 yards to set a Sun Belt Conference record for touchdowns in a game. Tanner finished with 301 all-purpose yards.

Middle Tennessee (5-6, 3-3) took advantage of two North Texas turnovers to build a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.

Joe Craddock threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Eldred King on the Blue Raiders? third offensive play of the game. Craddock completed 19-of-31 passes for 251 yards.

Tanner scored his first touchdown of the game on a 12-yard run with 6:20 remaining.

North Texas (1-10, 0-6) cut the Middle Tennessee lead to 17-13 in the first quarter.

Giovanni Vizza threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Casey Fitzgerald with 4:53 remaining in the quarter. Vizza completed 25-of-39 passes for 211 yards.

Cam Montgomery added an 11-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the quarter.

Tanner took over in the second quarter for MTSU, scoring four touchdowns on runs of 1, 19, 66 and 36 yards.

Tanner?s six touchdowns also tied the MTSU record, set in 2000 by Dwone Hicks before the school joined the Sun Belt Conference.

The Blue Raiders finished with a season-high 237 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNT
MTU
1st Downs2024
Total Yards364489
Passing221252
Rushing143237
Penalties8-605-46
3rd Down Conversions6-185-10
4th Down Conversions2-60-0
Turnovers33
Possession33:1426:46

Passing Leaders

North TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vizza25/392215.710
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Craddock19/312518.111

Rushing Leaders

North TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Montgomery12776.4142
Vizza17291.7014
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tanner1415911.4566
McDaniel4297.3027

Receiving Leaders

North TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fitzgerald121189.8157
Stickler7679.6017
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Honeycutt79113.0037
King46817.0145

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNTMTU
TD13:17Eldred King 45 Yd Pass From Joe Craddock (Alan Gendreau Kick) 07
FG08:39Alan Gendreau 28 Yd 010
TD06:20Phillip Tanner 12 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 017
TD04:53Casey Fitzgerald 57 Yd Pass From Giovanni Vizza (Jeremy Knott Kick) 717
TD00:18Cam Montgomery 11 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 1317
SECOND QUARTERUNTMTU
TD12:01Phillip Tanner 1 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1324
TD09:31Phillip Tanner 19 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1331
TD07:20Phillip Tanner 66 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1338
TD04:28Phillip Tanner 36 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1345
THIRD QUARTERUNTMTU
TD14:43Phillip Tanner 92 Yd Kickoff Return (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1352