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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  It was a one-game playoff between Middle Tennessee and UTEP in the Sun Bowl to see who would get their seventh win and the final bowl bid from the five automatic bowl tie-ins allotted to C-USA schools.

after Saturday's 24-21 loss, Middle Tennessee HASonly six wins on the season, and could wind up not getting invited to a bowl game.

Running back Shane Tucker led the way with with two touchdowns and 101 yards on the ground for MT.

Be sure to stay tuned to 89.5 WMOT for the latest on Middle Tennessee's bowl picture.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Down 13 points in the fourth quarter to FAU, Middle Tennessee scored 14-unanswered after a fourth and goal touchdown pass from Austin Grammar to Marcus Henry inside Floyd Stadium on Saturday. 

That was the play of the game, but the player of the game was running back Reggie Whatley, accounting for 321 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.

All together, MT racked up 470 yards, with 310 coming on the ground.

This win gives MT six wins with a chance to make it seven this Saturday at UTEP. 

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee led 21-3 in the second quarter, but then fell short in Miami and will have to wait another week to become bowl eligible.

The Blue Raiders lost to FIU Saturday 38-28 at Alfonso Field after a come-from-behind win by the Panthers.

Middle led 21-3 early in the second quarter, but went into halftime up 21-17. Later, the Panthers took their first lead after scoring 28 unanswered points to gain a 31-21 lead in the third quarter.

FIU scored 21 points off five turnovers resulting in a season-high 38 points.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  After their last out of conference game versus BYU two weeks ago, Middle Tennessee gets back to conference play this weekend.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders travel to Miami Saturday to take on FIU Panthers inside Alfonso Field.

MT leads this series 6-to-3, and won last year’s matchup 48-0 over the Panthers.

The Blue Raiders have won five straight games in the state of Florida, and if they make it six straight on Saturday, MT will become bowl eligible for the third straight year under head coach Rick Stockstill.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --   It was one of the most anticipated games in school history for Middle Tennessee State.

The MTSU Blue Raiders (5-4, 4-1) fell to the BYU Cougars (5-4) Saturday by the score of 27-7 in Floyd Stadium after only gaining 228 yards on offense.

The Blue Raiders have another bye week upcoming, the last of its two this season, before they travel to Miami to take on Florida International.

Following the game against FIU, MT will return home against Florida Atlantic and then travel to south to play UTEP for the regular season finale.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s another big Conference USA game this Saturday for the Blue Raiders as they play host to the UAB Blazers at Floyd Stadium.

The Blazers are led by quarterback Cody Clements who ranks fourth in the country in completion percentage (70.6) and ninth in passing efficiency (166.1).

UAB, winners of four of their last six games, are a much improved team this season after only winning two games all of last year.

Middle won last year’s game in Birmingham by the score of 24-21.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Blue Raider football team suffered a tough loss on the road this Saturday falling 49-24 to the Marshall Thundering Herd in Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Senior Shubert Bastien had a career-high 11 tackles and one sack on the game.

Offensively, quarterback Austin Grammer threw for over 200 yards completing 25-of-37 passes for two touchdowns.

Middle Tennessee falls to 4-3 overall (3-1 C-USA) and Marshall (6-0, 2-0) stays unbeaten on the year.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  It's a big test for the Blue Raiders Saturday as they travel to Huntington, W. Va., to take on the undefeated Marshall Thunder Herd inside S.B. Ballard Stadium.

The Thundering Herd have outscored their opponents 238-79 and are the only undefeated team not ranked inside the AP top 25 poll.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Middle Tennessee returns home Saturday to take on Southern Miss at Floyd Stadium starting at 11:00 a.m.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Middle Tennessee football team notched its third win of the season Friday defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs 41-28 in Norfolk, Va.

Sophomore quarterback Austin Grammer threw for 259 yards, two touchdowns and completed 25-of-30 pass attempts.

Running back Jordan Parker also had a career night, rushing for a career high 158 yards on 31 carries.

Up next for the Blue Raiders will be the Southern Miss Golden Eagles visiting Floyd Stadium Saturday. Middle won last year by the score of 42-21.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  In a short week of preparation, the Blue Raiders (2-2, 1-0 C-USA) will travel to Norfolk, Va., to play the Old Dominion Monarchs (3-1, 1-0 CUSA) this Friday.

Old Dominion, in only its sixth season of football, is hosting its first Conference USA home game in the school’s history. The Monarchs defeated C-USA defending champion Rice last week.

The Monarchs are led by quarterback Taylor Heinicke who has thrown for over 1,000 yards this season and over 13,000 in his career.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Another rivalry game for Middle Tennessee, but the outcome was much different Saturday as the Blue Raiders fell to Memphis 36-17.

The Blue Raiders produced 328 yards of total offense, but two big turnovers were the difference as the Tigers took advantage and never looked back.

Middle moves to 2-2 on the year, and resumes Conference USA play on a short week of preparation as they travel to take on Old Dominion Friday.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  After a thrilling overtime win last Saturday over Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee now focuses their attention on in-state rival Memphis.

Coming off a bye week, Memphis almost upset then #12-ranked UCLA in the Tigers’ 42-35 loss.

Heading into Saturday, MT has won three straight games versus the Tigers, including last year’s 17-15 win inside Floyd Stadium.

Kickoff is slated for 6:00 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Stadium and pre-game coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. right here on 89.5 WMOT.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Following a 35-24 loss at Minnesota, Middle Tennessee returns home to Floyd Stadium to take on Western Kentucky in the team’s first Conference U-S-A game.

Western Kentucky, led by senior quarterback Brandon Doughty, is also coming off a lose to Illinois 42-34.

Doughty leads the country with eight touchdown passes, and is second in passing yards (866) and completions per game (37).

Oddly, in the last six games between the Blue Raiders and Hilltoppers, the home team is just 1-5 with the last win dating back to 2009.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  A second half surge by Middle Tennessee State fell short Saturday as the Blue Raiders surrendered a 35-24 loss to Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium.

A large part of the Blue Raider attack came from senior running back Reggie Whatley, who rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns. MT scored all 24 points in the second half.

Another big spark for the Blue Raiders came from the hands of Ed'Marques Batties, who caught eight passes for 88 yards.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  After the 61-7 route of Savannah State, Middle Tennessee will have to up their game Saturday when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers.

Minnesota is coming off an 8-5 season in which they finished 4-4 in the Big 10.

MT last played Minnesota in their home opener in 2010, but lost by the score of 24-17.

As the Blue Raiders look for their first road win of the year, their last out of conference road win dates back to Sept. of 2012 with the upset win at Georgia Tech.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Jeremiah Bryson and Shane Tucker each scored two touchdowns and Middle Tennessee routed Savannah State of the FCS 61-7 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

Bryson had just four carries, but scored from the 3 and 7 in the second quarter and the Blue Raiders led 34-0 at half. Tucker ran for a 13-yard score and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Austin Grammer. Grammer finished 15 of 17 for 250 yards. Four other Blue Raiders ran for touchdowns, the longest a 19-yard score from Tony Rowland.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Middle Tennessee State University women’s basketball standout Ebony Rowe is recognized for her feats on the court, but Rowe is equally impressive when she steps off the hardwood.

Over the course of three years wearing the Blue Raider uniform, Rowe has averaged 17.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

As a result, she's already captured the interest of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  The MTSU men's basketball team collected another road win Saturday at Little Rock. It was Middle Tennessee's 12th straight win, the fourth-longest in program history.

The bigger story though, belonged to Middle Tennessee's men's basketball head coach Kermit Davis.

Davis collected his 113th Sun Belt Conference win, passing Ronnie Arrow's previous record of 112.

Davis, a 2-time Sun Belt Coach of the Year for the Blue Raiders, reached the 113 mark in only 11 seasons at the helm.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  The Middle Tennessee State men's and women's teams are both in first place within the Sun Belt Conference.

With an 11-game winning streak and the Blue Raiders’ 52-point victory Saturday over Troy, Middle Tennessee is now 22-4 on the year, marking the second most wins in the entire nation behind Gonzaga.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --   Middle Tennessee announced its decision to join Conference USA back in November.  This week MTSU announced that it would be making the move earlier than expected.

After spending the last 13 years in the Sun Belt Conference, Middle Tennessee will officially join the highly coveted Conference USA July 1, 2013.

There is no question the Blue Raiders left a footprint in the Sun Belt though, earning four Sun Belt Athletes of the Year and 38 Coach of the Year winners.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Nearly halfway through the Sun Belt Conference schedule, both the Middle Tennessee State University men's and women's basketball teams are eastern division leaders.

The MTSU men's basketball team has won 22 straight regular-season games inside the Murphy Center, a steak that's spanned over a full calendar year.

Currently, the team is 7-1 holding the eastern division lead, along with a 10-0 home court record.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --   Middle Tennessee's men's and women's basketball teams have found success early on, earning a combined record of 13-5.

With wins over Central Florida and UAB, the men's basketball team looks to be in mid-season form heading into Saturday's showdown with SEC opponent Ole Miss.

Coming off a big win over Xavier at home Thursday, the women’s team also has a tough matchup this weekend, heading to Kentucky to play the Wildcats this Sunday.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Blue Raiders football team finished the 2012 regular season with a record of 8-4 after losing Saturday to Arkansas State, but it was what happened on Sunday that grabbed the attention of Blue Raider fans.

Middle Tennessee's season came to an end Sunday night after the Blue Raiders (8-4, 6-2 SBC) were snubbed for a bowl game.

Surprisingly, Western Kentucky received the final bowl bid allotted to the Sun Belt Conference.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Middle Tennessee snapped its six-game losing streak to the Troy Trojans last Saturday, but the team faces its biggest challenge of the season this Saturday.

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