MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Dwight Dasher ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more as Middle Tennessee beat Florida International 48-21 on Saturday.
Dasher ran for 178 yards and scored on runs of 1, 70 and 68 yards for the Blue Raiders (6-3, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference). He also went 13-for-28 for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted three times.
The Blue Raiders led 34-0 before the Panthers (2-7, 2-4) scored three straight touchdowns to trim the lead to 34-21. Kendall Berry scored on runs of 2, 5 and 4 yards and ended with 103 yards rushing.
Panthers quarterback Wayne Younger threw for 178 yards and was intercepted three times.
The Blue Raiders are bowl eligible and remain one game behind Troy for first place in the conference.
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After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.