MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Phillip Tanner rushed for three touchdowns and Middle Tennessee rolled up 654 yards total offense to beat Austin Peay 56-33 on Saturday night.
Tanner had 127 of the Blue Raiders' 353 yards on the ground as the teams played for the first time since 1997. Quarterback Jeff Murphy was 23-for-36 for 301 yards passing, but scored his only touchdown on an 11-yard run.
The Blue Raiders' defense also contributed to the scoring, with Darin Davis' touchdown on a 38-yard interception return.
Middle Tennessee (1-1), coming off a 24-17 loss to Minnesota, took a 35-17 halftime lead.
The Governors made it 42-33 with 2:51 left in the third quarter on a 16-yard fumble return by Jeremy Ross, but the two-point conversion failed.
D.D. Kyles scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal the win.
Jake Ryan was 16-for-40 for 224 yards and two touchdowns for Austin Peay (1-1).
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
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.
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