Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky

Middle Tennessee 27, W. Kentucky 26

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -Rod Issac returned a fumble 99 yards to key Middle Tennessee's second-half comeback and the Blue Raiders defeated Western Kentucky 27-26 on Saturday.

Middle Tennessee (4-6, 3-3 Sun Belt Conference) scored the final 17 points of the game, taking the lead on Benjamin Cunningham's 6-yard run and Alan Gendreau's extra point with 4:38 left.

Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey had career highs with 45 carries and 248 yards. He scored two touchdowns.

Issac, a defensive back, cut Western Kentucky's lead to 26-20 when he scooped up a fumbled snap and returned it 99 yards for the score with 10:27 remaining.

Casey Tinius' 34-yard field goal attempt on the ensuing possession was blocked to preserve the victory.

The Hilltoppers (2-9, 2-5) were winless at home for the second straight year and have not won a home game since Sept. 20, 2008.

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Scoring Summary
WKYBobby Rainey 1 yd run (Casey Tinius kick)
MITNSTEric Russell 97 yd kick return (Alan Gendreau kick)
WKYDerrius Brooks 0 yd blocked punt return (blocked XP)
WKYCasey Tinius 38 yd FG
MITNSTAlan Gendreau 23 yd FG
WKYCasey Tinius 22 yd FG
WKYBobby Rainey 2 yd run (Casey Tinius kick)
MITNSTAlan Gendreau 40 yd FG
MITNSTRod Issac 99 yd fumble return (Alan Gendreau kick)
MITNSTBenny Cunningham 6 yd run (Alan Gendreau kick)
 
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First Downs1119
Third Down Efficiency5-168-20
Fourth Down Efficiency1-11-3
Plays-Net Yards61-20880-395
Rushes-Yds36-14058-297
Passing Yds6898
Kick Return Yds215137
Punt Return Yds1155
Passes12-25-09-22-0
Punts8-2425-235
Fumbles-Lost0-01-1
Penalties-Yds4-416-34
Time of Poss.21:4238:18
 
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RUSHING
MITNST: Phillip Tanner 18-62, Benny Cunningham 6-59, Dwight Dasher 8-28, D.D. Kyles 2-2, Team 2--11
WKY: Bobby Rainey 45-248, Antonio Andrews 6-42, Kawaun Jakes 7-7
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MITNST: Dwight Dasher 12-25-68-0
WKY: Kawaun Jakes 9-22-98-0
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MITNST: Sancho McDonald 2-16, Garrett Andrews 2-11, Andrew Banks 2-5, Shane Blissard 1-24, Richard Drake 1-5, Harold Turner 1-5, Benny Cunningham 1-2, Malcolm Beyah 1-2, Phillip Tanner 1--2
WKY: Bobby Rainey 4-34, Dexter Haynes 2-34, Demetrius Coley 2-22, Willie McNeal 1-8