Recap: Middle Tennessee vs. Western Ky
Murfreesboro, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Austin Grammer threw for 218 yards and a touchdown and rushed for three more scores as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders topped the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in triple overtime, 50-47, in Conference USA action at Floyd Stadium.
Grammer completed 17-of-28 pass attempts for the Blue Raiders (2-1, 1-0 C- USA), and also ran for 125 yards. Shane Tucker ran for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Brandon Doughty threw for a career-best 593 yards, leading to four touchdowns, on 43-of-66 passing for the Hilltoppers (1-2, 0-1). Mitchell Henry (128 yards, two touchdowns), Nicholas Norris (174 yds, TD) and Jared Dangerfield (107 yds, TD) were the top receiving targets. Leon Allen rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Midway through the first quarter the Blue Raiders broke through on Grammer's 59-yard rushing touchdown.
Garrett Schwettman converted a 35-yard field goal for WKU with 2:23 left in the opening quarter to make it 7-3.
Just a minute later, however, Middle Tennessee's Jordan Parker ran seven yards for a score to extend his team's lead to 14-3.
In the first minute of the second quarter, Doughty connected with Norris on a 47-yard touchdown pass. About four minutes later, he found Dangerfield on a 14-yard score. WKU added to its lead with 5:51 left in the half on a two-yard rushing score by Allen, making it 24-14.
With just under two minutes left in the first half, Cody Clark kicked a 37- yard field goal for the Blue Raiders, while an 11-yard touchdown run by Grammer in the final minute of the half knotted the score at 24-24 at the break.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Raiders' Tucker broke the tie on a two- yard touchdown run, but the Hilltoppers found the equalizer once again on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to Henry.
With 2:29 left in regulation, Clark converted a 29-yarder to pull Middle Tennessee ahead 34-31.
Schwettman responded with 24-yarder with 20 seconds on the clock, sending the meeting into overtime.
In the first overtime, WKU reached the end zone on a 25-yard pass from Doughty to Henry on the very first play.
Middle Tennessee answered when Grammer capped a seven-play drive with a one- yard run.
Clark and Schwettman matched each other with field goals in the second overtime, from 42 and 36 yards, respectively, making the score 44-44.
Schwettman stayed consistent in the third extra session, converting from 27 yards out.
Grammer then stepped in for the Blue Raiders and went for the win, tossing a 25-yard TD pass to Ed'Marques Batties on the first play in order to claim the thrilling three-point win.
The teams combined for over 1,200 yards of total offense as they ran 191 plays in the first triple-overtime game in Conference USA play since 2007.Game Notes