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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. (AP) — Austin Grammer threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ed'Marques Batties in the third overtime to give Middle Tennessee a 50-47 win over Western Kentucky in the conference opener for both schools on Saturday night.

Grammer ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first overtime. The teams traded field goals in the second OT. The Hilltoppers' Garrett Schwettman made his fourth field goal, a 27-yarder, in the third overtime before Grammer's game-winning strike.

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SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal Department of Agriculture report shows there were almost double the number of soring violations at the Tennessee Walking Horse Nation Celebration competition this year compared to 2013.

The Tennessean reports monitors found 219 violations of the Horse Protection Act during the competition, which was held over 11 days in Shelbyville. That's compared to 110 violations noted last year.

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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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