Scores

Final

Virginia 23

(5-1, 2-1 away)

Middle Tennessee 21

(1-5, 1-2 home)

7:08 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

1 2 3 4 T
UVA 7 7 0 923
MTU 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 181 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Pearman (UVA) - 5 CAR, 45 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Santi (UVA) - 5 REC, 82 YDS

Virginia 23, Middle Tennessee 21

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Chris Gould kicked a 34-yard field goal with 8 seconds left, redeeming himself for an earlier extra-point miss, and Virginia beat pesky Middle Tennessee 23-21 on Saturday for its fifth consecutive victory.

The Cavaliers (5-1) had 151 yards rushing and matched their longest winning streak since 2004, spoiling the Blue Raiders' (1-5) hopes of becoming the third Sun Belt team to knock off a school from a Bowl Championship Series conference this year. Troy had defeated Oklahoma State, and Florida Atlantic also won over Minnesota to score wins for the Sun Belt this season.

Bradley Robinson intercepted Jameel Sewell late in the fourth quarter to set up a short touchdown rush by DeMarco McNair to give Middle Tennessee a 21-20 lead. Gould missed an extra-point wide right to allow the Blue Raiders to take the lead.

Robinson returned the interception 22 yards, the 11th pick of his career. The game marked just the second time Middle Tennessee played a member of a BCS conference at Floyd Stadium. The Blue Raiders also hosted Temple in 2003 when the Owls were still a member of the Big East.

Andrew Pearman rushed for two touchdowns for the Cavaliers in relief of Atlantic Coast Conference leading rusher Cedric Peerman, who left the game with a leg injury in the second quarter. His status for next week's game against Connecticut was not announced.

Keith Payne and Pearman accounted for 115 yards rushing for the Cavaliers, who snapped their three-game road nonconference losing streak. Pearman had two rushing touchdowns, and John Phillips caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Sewell.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UVA
MTU
1st Downs2316
Total Yards374308
Passing223181
Rushing151127
Penalties5-495-40
3rd Down Conversions7-166-17
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers10
Possession28:5831:02

Passing Leaders

VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sewell22/372236.011
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher17/331815.520

Rushing Leaders

VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Payne18703.9017
Pearman5459.0221
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dasher17633.7015
McNair17492.917

Receiving Leaders

VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Santi58216.4026
Pearman55611.2019
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grigsby33913.0022
Henry23618.0124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUVAMTU
TD04:36Taron Henry 24 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Matt King Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 68 yds, 5:37
07
TD01:45John Phillips 20 Yd Pass From Jameel Sewell (Chris Gould Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:51
77
SECOND QUARTERUVAMTU
TD09:37Bobby Williams 7 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Matt King Kick) 714
TD03:57Andrew Pearman 21 Yd Run (Chris Gould Kick) 1414
FOURTH QUARTERUVAMTU
TD13:58Andrew Pearman 5 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 2014
TD07:29Demarco Mcnair 1 Yd Run (Matt King Kick) 2021
FG00:08Chris Gould 34 Yd 2321