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.