MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Jyruss Edwards rushed for two touchdowns, Kolton Browning threw for 285 yards and one score and Louisiana-Monroe controlled time of possession to defeat Middle Tennessee 31-17 in the Warhawks' Sun Belt Conference opener.
Louisiana-Monroe (3-2, 1-0) had the ball nearly 40 minutes while rolling up 500 yards total offense compared to 307 for the Blue Raiders (3-2, 1-1). Middle Tennessee, which trailed 24-3 early in the third quarter, had just 69 yards on the ground.
After Benny Cunningham scored his second Blue Raiders TD in the first minute of the fourth quarter, Middle Tennessee got the ball back with 11:06 remaining.
On second-and-goal from the Louisiana Monroe 7, Logan Kilgore's pass was intercepted by Isaiah Newsome with 8:25 to go. The Warhawks then ran out the clock on a 16-play, 70-yard drive.
Kilgore passed for 238 yards, and Carlos Lopez kicked a career-long 44-yard field goal for Middle Tennessee.
|MTSU||Carlos Lopez 44 yd FG|
|LAMON||Jyruss Edwards 16 yd run (Justin Manton kick)|
|LAMON||Justin Manton 32 yd FG|
|LAMON||Je'Ron Hamm 3 yd pass from Kolton Browning (Justin Manton kick)|
|LAMON||Jyruss Edwards 5 yd run (Justin Manton kick)|
|MTSU||Benny Cunningham 7 yd run (Carlos Lopez kick)|
|LAMON||Centarius Donald 1 yd run (Justin Manton kick)|
|MTSU||Benny Cunningham 1 yd run (Carlos Lopez kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||13-21||3-9|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-2||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||106||93|
|Punt Return Yds||0||1|
|Time of Poss.||39:54||20:6|
|LAMON: Jyruss Edwards 17-87, Centarius Donald 20-71, Kolton Browning 10-44, Tavarese Maye 1-7, Team 3--5|
|MTSU: Benny Cunningham 14-62, Logan Kilgore 3-10, Drayton Calhoun 2--3|
|LAMON: Kolton Browning 26-38-285-1, Justin Manton 1-1-11-0|
|MTSU: Logan Kilgore 23-34-238-1|
|LAMON: Brent Leonard 8-73, Tavarese Maye 6-77, Keavon Milton 4-43, Jyruss Edwards 4-30, Je'Ron Hamm 3-62, Colby Harper 2-11|
|MTSU: Anthony Amos 7-96, Kyle Griswould 7-55, Benny Cunningham 4-42, Harold Turner 2-13, Marcus Henry 1-19, Vincent Van Horne 1-8, Christian Collis 1-5|
|Louisiana-Monroe||3rd Sun Belt||4-3||6-6|
|Middle Tennessee||2nd Conference USA East||6-2||8-4|