Scores

Final

Memphis 14

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Middle Tennessee 31

(1-1, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Floyd Stadium, MURFREESBORO, TN

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 7 0 0 714
MTU 7 10 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 231 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 17 CAR, 89 YDS

Receiving: P. Honeycutt (MTU) - 5 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Middle Tennessee 31, Memphis 14

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Dwight Dasher passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 89 yards to lead Middle Tennessee to a 31-14 victory over Memphis on Saturday night.

The Blue Raiders (1-1) rebounded from a 37-14 loss to Clemson by rolling up 436 yards in offense compared to 219 for the Tigers (0-2), who lost their season opener to Mississippi 45-14.

Dasher hit Shane Blissard on a 40-yard touchdown pass for a 14-7 lead with 10:02 left in the second quarter, then had a 42-yard carry on the Blue Raiders' next possession to set up a 28-yard field goal by Alan Gendreau.

With 2:44 left in the third quarter, Dasher found Patrick Honeycutt for a 24-yard score.

Arkelon Hall was 13 of 22 for 93 yards and one interception for Memphis, which was playing in Murfreesboro for the first time since 1953 before a record crowd of 28,105 at Floyd Stadium.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MEM
MTU
1st Downs1318
Total Yards219436
Passing126272
Rushing93164
Penalties3-266-34
3rd Down Conversions6-176-17
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers21
Possession30:5929:01

Passing Leaders

MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hall13/22934.201
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher18/262318.920

Rushing Leaders

MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pitts9404.4014
Steele5295.8115
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dasher17895.2042
Tanner8475.9118

Receiving Leaders

MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Singleton34515.0020
Calhoun4276.8012
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Honeycutt57114.2124
McClover34715.7022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMEMMTU
TD10:30Phillip Tanner 4 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 07
TD06:10Curtis Steele 12 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERMEMMTU
TD10:02Shane Blissard 40 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Alan Gendreau Kick) 714
FG06:14Alan Gendreau 28 Yd 717
THIRD QUARTERMEMMTU
TD02:44Patrick Honeycutt 24 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Alan Gendreau Kick) 724
FOURTH QUARTERMEMMTU
TD14:15D.D. Kyles 7 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 731
TD01:47Lance Smith 3 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 1431