Scores

Final

Troy 21

(5-7, 3-3 away)

Middle Tennessee 24

(8-3, 3-2 home)

3:30 PM ET, November 24, 2012

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

1 2 3 4 T
TROY 7 0 7 721
MTU 10 3 3 824

Top Performers

Passing: C. Robinson (TROY) - 183 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Parker (MTU) - 19 CAR, 141 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Parker (MTU) - 3 REC, 72 YDS

Middle Tennessee 24, Troy 21

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Carlos Lopez kicked three field goals and Kevin Byard returned an interception 77 yards for the game-winning touchdown as Middle Tennessee took down Troy 24-21 Saturday in a Sun Belt Conference game.

Lopez converted field goals of 37, 26, and 21 yards. His 26-yarder put Middle Tennessee (8-3, 6-1) ahead 13-7 at halftime while his 21-yarder helped the Blue Raiders retake the lead, 16-14, late in the third quarter.

Troy (5-7, 3-5) reclaimed the lead, 21-16, by taking advantage of a Reggie Whatley fumble and driving 56 yards for the score. Deon Anthony capped the drive with his 6-yard touchdown run.

Troy forced another turnover on Middle Tennessee's next possession, intercepting Cameron Deen and returning it to the Blue Raiders 47, but Byard made his game-winning interception return six plays later to seal the win.

Corey Robinson completed 22 of 36 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown for Troy but his lone interception proved costly.

An injury to Middle Tennessee linebacker Craig Allen stopped play for 16 minutes following Byard's interception return. Allen, who was carried off the field on a backboard, was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TROY
MTU
1st Downs2310
Total Yards472328
Passing281176
Rushing191152
Penalties1-53-37
3rd Down Conversions8-186-18
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers52
Possession33:4726:13

Passing Leaders

TroyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Robinson22/361835.111
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kilgore18/361764.900

Rushing Leaders

TroyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Southward161167.3027
Taylor11403.609
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Parker191417.4198
Whatley6162.7016

Receiving Leaders

TroyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Southward55410.8031
Albert55410.8024
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Parker37224.0066
Griswould6518.5022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTROYMTU
FG08:41Carlos Lopez 37 Yd 03
TD04:32Jordan Parker 98 Yd Run (Carlos Lopez Kick) 010
TD00:00Eric Thomas 1 Yd Pass From Corey Robinson (Will Scott Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERTROYMTU
FG06:26Carlos Lopez 26 Yd 713
THIRD QUARTERTROYMTU
TD10:42Jarod Lee 4 Yd Pass From Deon Anthony (Will Scott Kick) 1413
FG01:03Carlos Lopez 21 Yd 1416
FOURTH QUARTERTROYMTU
TD09:06Deon Anthony 6 Yd Run (Will Scott Kick) 2116
TD05:48Kevin Byard 77 Yd Interception Return (Logan Kilgore Pass To Jacob Corbaley For Two-Point Conversion) 2124