Scores

Final

Savannah State 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Middle Tennessee 61

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2014

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

1 2 3 4 T
SAV 0 0 0 77
MTU 20 14 20 761

Top Performers

Passing: A. Grammer (MTU) - 250 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Rowland (MTU) - 8 CAR, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Henry (MTU) - 3 REC, 84 YDS

Middle Tennessee scores 9 TDs to rout Savannah St.

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Jeremiah Bryson and Shane Tucker each scored two touchdowns and Middle Tennessee routed Savannah State of the FCS 61-7 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

Bryson had just four carries, but scored from the 3 and 7 in the second quarter and the Blue Raiders led 34-0 at half. Tucker ran for a 13-yard score and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Austin Grammer. Grammer finished 15 of 17 for 250 yards. Four other Blue Raiders ran for touchdowns, the longest a 19-yard score from Tony Rowland.

Middle Tennessee's Kevin Byard had his 10th career interception, but did not add to his school-record total of 326 career interception return yards.

Savannah State's John Barron had his 35-yard field goal attempt blocked in the third quarter, but Anthony Criswell ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth to avoid the shutout.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAV
MTU
1st Downs1322
Total Yards229519
Passing84291
Rushing145228
Penalties10-739-70
3rd Down Conversions4-149-10
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers33
Possession32:5127:09

Passing Leaders

Savannah StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ker-Sean Wilson15/31842.701
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Austin Grammer15/1725014.710
Brent Stockstill2/34113.701

Rushing Leaders

Savannah StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anthony Criswell9465.1115
Joshua Berry6366.0019
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Reggie Whatley9657.2021
Tony Rowland8637.9119

Receiving Leaders

Savannah StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dereon London3227.3013
Kris Drummond22110.5013
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marcus Henry38428.0047
Devin Clarke35418.0031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSAVMTU
TD11:24Shane Tucker 13 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)06
TD7:51Shane Tucker 5 Yd pass from Austin Grammer (Cody Clark Kick)013
TD3:12A.J. Erdely 3 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick)020
SECOND QUARTERSAVMTU
TD12:15Jeremiah Bryson 3 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick)027
TD1:33Jeremiah Bryson 7 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick)034
THIRD QUARTERSAVMTU
TD13:50Trey Wafford 20 Yd Fumble Return (Cody Clark Kick)041
TD11:01Ed'Marques Batties 61 Yd Punt Return (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed)047
TD8:04Jordan Parker 1 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick)054
FOURTH QUARTERSAVMTU
TD12:12Anthony Criswell 4 Yd Run (John Barron Kick)754
TD4:43Tony Rowland 3 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick)761