FOX 34 Weather Authority: Winter Weather Advisory expires at 9:00 AM on 12/23, issued at 5:40 AM Causey, NM | Dora, NM | Elida, NM | Floyd, NM
FAU 17 0 10 7 34
MIDTENNST 7 7 7 14 35
Date of game: 11/22/2014

Recap: Middle Tennessee vs. Fla Atlantic

Murfreesboro, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Reggie Whatley rushed for 190 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders came from behind to defeat the Florida Atlantic Owls, 35-34, in a Conference USA clash at Floyd Stadium.

Austin Grammer completed 20-of-27 pass attempts for 160 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Middle Tennessee (6-5, 5-2 C-USA), which ended a two- game losing skid with the victory. Marcus Henry hauled in 92 receiving yards with the game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds.

Jaquez Johnson completed 21-of-33 passing for 304 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for FAU (3-8, 2-5), which has lost four games in a row. Johnson added a rushing touchdown and 53 yards on the ground in the loss.

Florida Atlantic went up 10-0 early against Middle Tennessee thanks to a Lucky Whitehead 80-yard touchdown run just 18 seconds into the contest, and then a Greg Joseph 25-yard field goal with 7:26 to play in the first period.

Grammer found Christian Collis on a four-yard touchdown pass with 4:38 to play in the first, cutting the FAU lead to 10-7.

Johnson responded with 56 seconds remaining in the first quarter when he kept the ball and scored from one yard out to give the Owls a 17-7 advantage.

With 2:31 to play in the second quarter, Whatley carried the ball 30 yards to the end zone for a Blue Raiders touchdown that cut the FAU lead to 17-14.

Kalib Woods hauled in a 23-yard pass from Johnson for the touchdown with 13 minutes remaining in the third quarter to give FAU the 24-14 edge, and then Joseph's 19-yard field goal with 8:01 to play boosted the Owls' lead to 27-14.

Whatley scored again, this time on a 75-yard run with 7:42 to play in the third to cut FAU's advantage to 27-21.

But Alex Deleon hauled in a five-yard touchdown pass from Johnson with 5:50 to play in the contest to increase FAU's lead once again, this time to 34-21.

Middle Tennessee didn't quit, and Whatley scored his third touchdown run of the night with 4:15 left to play. His nine-yard score cut the deficit to six points, and the Grammer hooked up with Henry on a 12-yard touchdown strike with 19 seconds to play to give Middle Tennessee the 35-34 lead and eventual win.

Middle Tennessee had a 310-230 advantage in terms of rushing yards, and converted 8-of-14 third-down tries to help the team along in the win.

Game Notes

State Farm Athlete of the Week
Click to submit your Athlete of the Week
Know an outstanding high school athlete? We want to highlight them on the FOX 34 State Farm Athlete of the Week.

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.