MIAMI (AP) - Reggie Whatley scored on a 7-yard TD rush with 36 seconds to go as Middle Tennessee rallied to defeat FIU 34-30 on Saturday night.
Jake Medlock had just thrown a 30-yard TD pass to Willis Wright to put the Golden Panthers up 30-27 with one minute left in the game when the Blue Raiders (4-2, 2-1 Sun Belt Conference) answered 24 seconds later on Watley's score.
Whatley helped set up his own game-winning score after FIU (1-6, 0-3) had taken the lead, returning the ensuing kickoff 43 yards to set up Middle Tennessee at the FIU 40-yard line in the game's final minute.
Benny Cunningham scored two touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 232 yards on 36 carries for the Blue Raiders, while Logan Kilgore threw for 267 yards and a touchdown.
Medlock was 24 of 38 for 380 yards with two touchdowns to lead the Golden Panthers.
|MTSU||Carlos Lopez 33 yd FG|
|FIU||Glenn Coleman 25 yd pass from Jake Medlock (missed kick)|
|FIU||De'Andre Jasper 26 yd run (Jack Griffin kick)|
|FIU||Darian Mallary 1 yd run (Jack Griffin kick)|
|MTSU||Anthony Amos 20 yd pass from Logan Kilgore (Carlos Lopez kick)|
|MTSU||Benny Cunningham 1 yd run (Carlos Lopez kick)|
|FIU||Jack Griffin 45 yd FG|
|MTSU||Carlos Lopez 31 yd FG|
|MTSU||Benny Cunningham 24 yd run (Carlos Lopez kick)|
|FIU||Willis Wright 30 yd pass from Jake Medlock (Jack Griffin kick)|
|MTSU||Reggie Whatley 7 yd run (Carlos Lopez kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-14||11-17|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-2||1-1|
|Kick Return Yds||88||115|
|Punt Return Yds||0||11|
|Time of Poss.||32:32||27:28|
|MTSU: Benny Cunningham 36-230, Reggie Whatley 5-28, Jordan Parker 6-14, Kyle Griswould 1-5, Logan Kilgore 5--21|
|FIU: Darian Mallary 14-51, Kedrick Rhodes 19-47, De'Andre Jasper 1-26, Shane Coleman 3-18, Jake Medlock 3-1, Team 1--1|
|MTSU: Logan Kilgore 17-30-267-0|
|FIU: Jake Medlock 24-38-380-0, Team 0-1-0-0, Wayne Times 0-1-0-0|
|MTSU: Anthony Amos 8-148, Benny Cunningham 4-55, Harold Turner 2-7, Christian Collis 1-28, Kyle Griswould 1-26, Jacob Corbaley 1-3|
|FIU: Glenn Coleman 5-115, Wayne Times 5-71, Darian Mallary 4-21, Willis Wright 3-109, Kedrick Rhodes 3-28, Jacob Younger 3-28, Ya'keem Griner 1-8|
|Middle Tennessee||2nd Conference USA East||6-2||8-4|
|Florida International||5th Conference USA East||1-7||1-11|