MIDTENNST 7 0 3 7 17
MEMPHIS 9 10 3 14 36
Date of game: 9/20/2014

Recap: Memphis vs. Middle Tennessee

Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Paxton Lynch threw for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as the Memphis Tigers defeated the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 36-17, in a non-conference battle at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Lynch completed 21-of-35 pass attempts for the Tigers (2-1) in the win. Doroland Dorceus ran for 91 yards and one touchdown, and Tank Jakes recorded two sacks (one for a safety), forced a fumble and had an interception.

As for the Blue Raiders (2-2), Austin Grammer threw for 237 yards and an interception while connecting on 24-of-35 passes. Shane Tucker rushed for 23 yards and two touchdowns, while Demetrius Frazier recorded seven receptions for 96 yards in the loss.

On the opening drive, Lynch threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Alan Cross to cap off a 11-play, 79-yard drive to give the Tigers an early 7-0 lead.

Jakes extended the Memphis lead to 9-0 when he sacked Grammer in end zone for a safety with 6:20 left to play in the first quarter.

Tucker got the Blue Raiders on the board when he ran in a score from one yard out to cut the lead to 9-7 late in the first quarter.

Jake Elliott pushed the Tigers' lead to 12-7 when he converted a 27-yard field goal attempt with 9:43 left to play in the second quarter.

Dorceus struck two minutes later for Memphis when ran in from 32 yards out to extend the Memphis lead to 19-7.

Elliott made it 2-for-2 with just over seven minutes left in the third quarter, hitting a field goal from 29 yards out.

With 3:33 left to play in the third quarter, Cody Clark connected on a 36-yard field goal for the Blue Raiders to cut the lead to 22-10.

In the forth quarter, Lynch connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass to Cross for the Tigers for the 29-10 advantage. Just over a minute later, Bobby McCain recovered a Grammer fumble and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown. Memphis took a 36-10 lead with 11:13 left to play in the game.

With 2:17 left, Tucker cut the lead to 19 with a three-yard touchdown run, which ended the scoring in the contest.

Memphis won the game by outgaining the opposition 480-325 in total yards. The Tigers had the advantage on the ground, 261 rushing yards to 88 for the Blue Raiders.

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.