Middle Tennessee at Memphis

Middle Tennessee 48, Memphis 30


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Logan Kilgore threw two touchdown passes and the Middle Tennessee defense forced four Memphis turnovers in a 48-30 win on Saturday night.

Kilgore, who was 22 of 30 for 253 yards, opened the scoring with a 12-yard toss to Christian Collis. The Blue Raiders (2-1) extended their lead to 20-10 after Kevin Byard's 68-yard interception return for a score. Jacob Karam's 10-yard pass to Marcus Rucker pulled the Tigers (0-3) back to within 27-17 just before halftime, but that was as close as they'd get.

Benny Cunningham's 1-yard TD run less than four minutes into the second half, and Drayton Calhoun's 2-yard score nearly five minutes later pushed Middle Tennessee's advantage to 41-17 -the Blue Raiders cruised from there.

Cunningham finished with two touchdowns on 57 yards rushing for Middle Tennessee.

Karam threw for 325 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Rucker had 177 receiving yards and two TDs.

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Scoring Summary
MTSUChristian Collis 12 yd pass from Logan Kilgore (Carlos Lopez kick)
MEMPTyler Spurlock 38 yd FG
MEMPMarcus Rucker 49 yd pass from Jacob Karam (Tyler Spurlock kick)
MTSUCarlos Lopez 19 yd FG
MTSUCarlos Lopez 43 yd FG
MTSUKevin Byard 68 yd interception return (Carlos Lopez kick)
MTSUBenny Cunningham 6 yd run (Carlos Lopez kick)
MEMPMarcus Rucker 10 yd pass from Jacob Karam (Tyler Spurlock kick)
MTSUBenny Cunningham 1 yd run (Carlos Lopez kick)
MTSUDrayton Calhoun 2 yd run (Carlos Lopez kick)
MEMPJerrell Rhodes 6 yd run (failed 2pt pass)
MTSUChristian Collis 9 yd pass from Logan Kilgore (Carlos Lopez kick)
MEMPCarl Harris 1 yd run (Tyler Spurlock kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2723
Third Down Efficiency7-128-16
Fourth Down Efficiency1-13-4
Plays-Net Yards76-43970-399
Passing Yds260325
Kick Return Yds15200
Punt Return Yds12
Time of Poss.33:1426:46
Individual Stats
MTSU: Benny Cunningham 11-57, Drayton Calhoun 9-38, Jeremiah Bryson 6-28, Reggie Whatley 3-28, Jordan Parker 7-20, Shaun White 4-7, William Pratcher 3-2, Alexandro Antoine 1-1, Team 1--2
MEMP: Jerrell Rhodes 15-48, Carl Harris 5-18, Jaquise Cook 2-6, Jacob Karam 7-1, Jai Steib 4-1
MTSU: Logan Kilgore 22-30-253-0, Jeff Murphy 1-1-7-0
MEMP: Jacob Karam 26-37-325-1
MTSU: Anthony Amos 9-128, Marcus Henry 3-46, Christian Collis 3-32, Kyle Griswould 3-8, Harold Turner 2-16, Reggie Whatley 2-15, Vincent Van Horne 1-15
MEMP: Marcus Rucker 10-177, Keiwone Malone 10-102, Alan Cross 2-20, Jamere Valentine 2-10, Jaquise Cook 1-14, Jerrell Rhodes 1-2
Middle Tennessee3rd Conference USA East5-38-5
Memphis3rd American Athletic West5-38-5

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