Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky

Middle Tennessee 34, W. Kentucky 29


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Reggie Whatley's 96-yard kick return touchdown in the fourth quarter lifted Middle Tennessee to a 34-29 win over Western Kentucky on Thursday night.

With the win, the Blue Raiders (6-3, 4-1 Sun Belt) are now in sole possession of second place in the Sun Belt, trailing first-place Louisiana-Monroe (6-2, 4-0).

Whatley's kick return came with 6:03 left in the game just after Western Kentucky had tied the game at 27 with a field goal.

The Hilltoppers (6-3, 3-2) drove toward the end zone in the closing stages, but the Blue Raiders' Kenneth Gilstrap picked off a Kawaun Jakes pass deep in MTSU territory with two minutes left to seal the win.

Western Kentucky got a safety as time expired.

Freshman Jordan Parker rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Raiders, who became bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.

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Scoring Summary
MTSUCarlos Lopez 19 yd FG
MTSUJordan Parker 58 yd run (Carlos Lopez kick)
WKYAustin Aikens 35 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman kick)
MTSUAnthony Amos 8 yd pass from Logan Kilgore (Carlos Lopez kick)
WKYAntonio Andrews 24 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman kick)
WKYGarrett Schwettman 29 yd FG
MTSUAnthony Amos 5 yd pass from Logan Kilgore (Carlos Lopez kick)
WKYWillie McNeal 32 yd pass from Kawaun Jakes (Garrett Schwettman kick)
MTSUCarlos Lopez 19 yd FG
WKYGarrett Schwettman 28 yd FG
MTSUReggie Whatley 96 yd kick return (Carlos Lopez kick)
WKY Team safety
Team Stats
First Downs1924
Third Down Efficiency9-154-11
Fourth Down Efficiency0-23-3
Plays-Net Yards67-34263-438
Passing Yds118283
Kick Return Yds222182
Punt Return Yds020
Time of Poss.30:329:57
Individual Stats
MTSU: Jordan Parker 32-149, Drayton Calhoun 6-41, Jeremiah Bryson 6-26, Reggie Whatley 3-8, Kyle Griswould 2-7, Logan Kilgore 1--7
WKY: Antonio Andrews 25-136, Kawaun Jakes 5-14, Keshawn Simpson 2-5
MTSU: Logan Kilgore 11-17-118-0
WKY: Kawaun Jakes 19-30-283-1, Team 0-1-0-0
MTSU: Anthony Amos 5-66, Kyle Griswould 3-34, Jeremiah Bryson 1-11, Christian Collis 1-7, Jordan Parker 1-0
WKY: Willie McNeal 7-119, Antonio Andrews 5-54, Jack Doyle 3-32, Kadeem Jones 2-32, Austin Aikens 1-35, Mitchell Henry 1-11
Middle Tennessee3rd Conference USA East5-38-5
Western Kentucky1st Conference USA East7-111-3

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