Western Carolina at Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee defeats Western Carolina 45-24


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) William Pratcher rushed for two touchdowns and 71 yards and Middle Tennessee won its first game as a Conference USA member by defeating Western Carolina 45-24 Thursday night.

Jordan Parker ran for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, sparking the Blue Raiders to 28 unanswered points before Richard Sigmon kicked a 21-yard field goal for Western Carolina in the second half. Parker finished with 156 yards on 22 carries, and Logan Kilgore was 12 for 18 and threw one touchdown.

Trailing 31-3, Western Carolina's Troy Mitchell threw two touchdown passes within 11 seconds for the Catamounts. Karnorris Benson caught a 39-yard touchdown, Western Carolina recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and Mitchell found Terryon Robinson from 35 yards out, making it 31-18 at the half. Mitchell was 7 of 15 for 161 yards. The Catamounts have an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season.

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Scoring Summary
MTSUJordan Parker 65 yd run (Cody Clark kick)
MTSUJacob Corbaley 10 yd pass from Logan Kilgore (Cody Clark kick)
MTSUKyle Griswould 57 yd punt return (Cody Clark kick)
MTSUWilliam Pratcher 5 yd run (Cody Clark kick)
WCARRichard Sigmon 21 yd FG
MTSUCody Clark 30 yd FG
WCARKarnorris Benson 39 yd pass from Troy Mitchell (TROY MITCHELL 2pt run)
WCARTerryon Robinson 35 yd pass from Troy Mitchell (Richard Sigmon kick)
MTSUAustin Grammer 10 yd run (Cody Clark kick)
MTSUWilliam Pratcher 38 yd run (Cody Clark kick)
WCARShaun Warren 1 yd run (missed kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1725
Third Down Efficiency4-158-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-10-1
Plays-Net Yards71-37176-475
Passing Yds257205
Kick Return Yds10693
Punt Return Yds753
Time of Poss.28:032:0
Individual Stats
WCAR: Shaun Warren 13-55, Troy Mitchell 11-38, Garry Lewis 5-25, Eddie Sullivan 6--4
MTSU: Jordan Parker 22-156, William Pratcher 10-71, Reggie Whatley 8-44, Austin Grammer 6-14, Team 1--2, Logan Kilgore 2--13
WCAR: Eddie Sullivan 12-21-96-1, Troy Mitchell 7-15-161-1
MTSU: Logan Kilgore 12-18-144-0, Austin Grammer 7-9-61-0
WCAR: Jeff Moore 6-49, Karnorris Benson 4-113, Terryon Robinson 4-78, C.J. Goodman 2-13, Shaun Warren 2-1, Garry Lewis 1-3
MTSU: Tavarres Jefferson 3-34, Marcus Henry 3-32, Chris Perkins 3-32, Kyle Griswould 3-23, Devin Clarke 2-34, Terry Pettis 2-27, Christian Collis 1-11, Jacob Corbaley 1-10, Jordan Parker 1-2

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