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Blue Raiders lose to Vandy in game's closing minutes

Oct 5, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Ralph Webb ran for a 39-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to lift Vanderbilt past Middle Tennessee 17-13 on Saturday night.

The Commodores overcame a 10-point deficit with two touchdowns in the final 6:14. Quarterback Johnny McCrary scored on a 29-yard run before Webb scored with 1:12 left to play. It was Vanderbilt's (2-3) first win against an FBS opponent this season.

Webb finished with 155 yards on 25 carries for his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and third of his career.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Taylor Zalewksi kicked a 51-yard field goal with just over two minutes left on Saturday to deliver Illinois a come-from-behind 27-25 win over Middle Tennessee.

But, before they could celebrate, the Illini had to endure Cody Clark's 43-yard field-goal try for the Blue Raiders that missed wide left with eight seconds left in the game.

The Illini (3-1) led 24-12 going into the fourth quarter.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Brent Stockstill threw a career-high five touchdown passes, Jordan Parker ran for three scores and Middle Tennessee raced to an early lead in a 73-14 win over Charlotte Saturday night.

Stockstill hit on 23 of 27 attempts for 369 yards. Parker ran for 142, including a 62-yarder early in a first quarter in which Middle Tennessee (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) scored 42 points. Desmond Anderson also went over the century mark, rushing for 102 yards and a score.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Vintage base ball will wrap up its season this weekend with a tournament that will crown the league champion.

There are now 10 vintage base ball teams in Tennessee. The game is played by rules from the 1860s when base ball was in its infancy.

League Vice President Jeff “Skeeter” Davis says this is the game you played as a child, but there are significant differences.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee will dedicate a statue honoring former coach and athletic director Boots Donnelly on Oct. 3 before the Blue Raiders host Vanderbilt for homecoming.

Athletic director Chris Massaro says Donnelly is one of the pillars of the Middle Tennessee department.