Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 48

(2-1, 1-0 C-USA)

Memphis 30

(0-3, 0-2 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 15, 2012

Liberty Bowl, MEMPHIS, TN

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 7 20 14 748
MEM 3 14 6 730

Top Performers

Passing: J. Karam (MEM) - 325 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Cunningham (MTU) - 11 CAR, 57 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Rucker (MEM) - 10 REC, 177 YDS, 2 TD

Middle Tennessee 48, Memphis 30

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Logan Kilgore threw two touchdown passes and the Middle Tennessee defense forced four Memphis turnovers in a 48-30 win on Saturday night.

Kilgore, who was 22 of 30 for 253 yards, opened the scoring with a 12-yard toss to Christian Collis. The Blue Raiders (2-1) extended their lead to 20-10 after Kevin Byard's 68-yard interception return for a score. Jacob Karam's 10-yard pass to Marcus Rucker pulled the Tigers (0-3) back to within 27-17 just before halftime, but that was as close as they'd get.

Benny Cunningham's 1-yard TD run less than four minutes into the second half, and Drayton Calhoun's 2-yard score nearly five minutes later pushed Middle Tennessee's advantage to 41-17 -the Blue Raiders cruised from there.

Cunningham finished with two touchdowns on 57 yards rushing for Middle Tennessee.

Karam threw for 325 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Rucker had 177 receiving yards and two TDs.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
MEM
1st Downs2723
Total Yards439399
Passing260325
Rushing17974
Penalties5-507-75
3rd Down Conversions7-128-16
4th Down Conversions1-13-4
Turnovers14
Possession33:2326:37

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kilgore22/302538.420
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Karam26/373258.821

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cunningham11575.2212
Calhoun9384.2114
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rhodes15483.219
Harris5183.617

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Amos912814.2030
Henry34615.3022
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rucker1017717.7263
Malone1010210.2019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUMEM
TD12:45Christian Collis 12 Yd Pass From Logan Kilgore (Carlos Lopez Kick) 70
FG04:47Tyler Spurlock 38 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERMTUMEM
TD14:52Marcus Rucker 49 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Tyler Spurlock Kick) 710
FG11:13Carlos Lopez 19 Yd 1010
FG10:00Carlos Lopez 43 Yd 1310
TD06:17Kevin Byard 68 Yd Interception Return (Carlos Lopez Kick) 2010
TD02:26Benny Cunningham 6 Yd Run (Carlos Lopez Kick) 2710
TD00:54Marcus Rucker 10 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Tyler Spurlock Kick) 2717
THIRD QUARTERMTUMEM
TD11:15Benny Cunningham 1 Yd Run (Carlos Lopez Kick) 3417
TD06:48Drayton Calhoun 2 Yd Run (Carlos Lopez Kick) 4117
TD00:42Jerrell Rhodes 6 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 4123
FOURTH QUARTERMTUMEM
TD10:40Christian Collis 9 Yd Pass From Logan Kilgore (Carlos Lopez Kick) 4823
TD01:20Carl Harris 1 Yd Run (Tyler Spurlock Kick) 4830