Scores

Final

Arkansas State 7

(3-4, 1-2 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 24

(3-5, 2-1 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, October 20, 2007

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

1 2 3 4 T
ARST 0 7 0 07
MTU 14 10 0 024

Top Performers

Passing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 118 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 20 CAR, 96 YDS

Receiving: T. Henry (MTU) - 3 REC, 71 YDS, 2 TD

Middle Tennessee 24, Arkansas St. 7

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Taron Henry caught two touchdown passes to lead Middle Tennessee to a 24-7 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday.

The Blue Raiders' defense also landed a touchdown as Rod Isaac returned a fumble 42 yards on Arkansas State's opening possession of the game.

Middle Tennessee's defense set a school record with nine quarterback sacks. The defense allowed a season-low 138 yards against Arkansas State (3-4, 1-2) and forced four turnovers. Arkansas State rushed for just 22 yards on 33 carries.

Middle Tennessee (3-5, 2-1) rolled to 384 yards on offense with Dwight Dasher and Joe Craddock each throwing a touchdown pass and combining for 179 yards through the air.

After a 7-0 lead, Dasher led an 80-yard drive, throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Henry. The team added a 38-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-0.

Arkansas State answered with its only sustained drive of the day and Corey Leonard threw a 6-yard touchdown to Danny McNeal. Craddock, who played in his first game after suffering a back injury, spelled Dasher, who was injured, and threw a 52-yard scoring pass to Henry with 9:06 remaining.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARST
MTU
1st Downs822
Total Yards138384
Passing116179
Rushing22205
Penalties4-506-50
3rd Down Conversions3-136-17
4th Down Conversions1-33-3
Turnovers41
Possession24:2535:35

Passing Leaders

Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Leonard9/191166.103
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher9/201185.901

Rushing Leaders

Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Arnold14392.809
Wilkerson122.002
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dasher20964.8024
McNair19753.9017

Receiving Leaders

Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thompkins36923.0044
Jones22211.0015
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henry37123.7052
Cannon14949.0049

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARSTMTU
TD13:32Rod Issac 42 Yd Fumble Return (Matt King Kick) 07
TD02:32Taron Henry 17 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Matt King Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yds, 3:59
014
SECOND QUARTERARSTMTU
FG14:38David Defatta 38 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 46 yds, 1:56
017
TD12:22Danny Mcneal 6 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 71 yds, 2:16
717
TD09:06Taron Henry 52 Yd Pass From Joe Craddock (Matt King Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 81 yds, 3:16
724