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Middle Tennessee at Florida International

Middle Tennessee 28, Fla. International 27

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MIAMI (AP) -Phillip Tanner scored on a 3-yard run with 7:26 left in the game to help Middle Tennessee edge Florida International 28-27 on Saturday night to become bowl eligible.

With the win, the Blue Raiders (6-6, 5-3 Sun Belt Conference) denied FIU's chance for sole possession of the conference title. The Panthers (6-6, 6-2) will share the Sun Belt crown with Troy.

FIU had a chance to get itself in field goal range, but T.Y. Hilton fumbled after he caught an 8-yard pass from Wayne Younger with 2:38 remaining. Corey Carmichael recovered the fumble at the Middle Tennessee 27.

Younger replaced FIU's Wesley Carroll after he appeared to get hit in the face and nose on a run.

Tanner's score came 2:31 after FIU took a 27-21 lead when Darriet Perry scored on a 6-yard run. Tanner led Middle Tennessee with 62 yards on 14 carries and two scores.

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Scoring Summary
FIUGreg Ellingson 7 yd pass from Wesley Carroll (Jack Griffin kick)
FIUDarriet Perry 2 yd run (Jack Griffin kick)
MITNSTBenny Cunningham 2 yd run (Alan Gendreau kick)
MITNSTPhillip Tanner 6 yd run (Alan Gendreau kick)
FIUJack Griffin 50 yd FG
MITNSTTavarres Jefferson 14 yd pass from Dwight Dasher (Alan Gendreau kick)
FIUJack Griffin 23 yd FG
FIUDarriet Perry 6 yd run (Jack Griffin kick)
MITNSTPhillip Tanner 3 yd run (Alan Gendreau kick)
 
Team Stats
 MITNSTFIU
First Downs1320
Third Down Efficiency5-131-11
Fourth Down Efficiency1-12-2
Plays-Net Yards58-36966-414
Rushes-Yds35-12544-236
Passing Yds244178
Kick Return Yds99125
Punt Return Yds1522
Passes14-23-118-22-0
Punts7-2696-222
Fumbles-Lost1-03-2
Penalties-Yds7-569-77
Time of Poss.23:2736:33
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
MITNST: Phillip Tanner 14-62, Dwight Dasher 13-57, D.D. Kyles 4-16, Benny Cunningham 1-2, Malcolm Beyah 1-1, Team 2--13
FIU: Darrian Mallary 15-104, Darriet Perry 16-53, Kedrick Rhodes 4-29, T.Y. Hilton 4-28, Wesley Carroll 5-22
PASSING
MITNST: Dwight Dasher 14-23-244-1
FIU: Wesley Carroll 15-19-141-0, Wayne Younger 3-3-37-0
RECEIVING
MITNST: Tavarres Jefferson 3-84, Sancho McDonald 3-64, Benny Cunningham 2-11, Malcolm Beyah 1-41, Jared Bamber 1-17, Phillip Tanner 1-16, Garrett Andrews 1-6, Shane Blissard 1-3, Tyler Mason 1-2
FIU: Darrian Mallary 5-8, Greg Ellingson 3-17, Wayne Times 2-45, Willis Wright 2-12, Darriet Perry 1-30, Colt Anderson 1-27, Kedrick Rhodes 1-15, Jason Frierson 1-8, Glenn Coleman 1-8, T.Y. Hilton 1-8
 

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