Scores

Final

W Carolina 24

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Middle Tennessee 45

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, August 29, 2013

Floyd Stadium, MURFREESBORO, TN

1 2 3 4 T
WCU 0 18 0 624
MTU 21 10 7 745

Top Performers

Passing: T. Mitchell (WCU) - 161 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Parker (MTU) - 22 CAR, 170 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Benson (WCU) - 4 REC, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Middle Tennessee defeats Western Carolina 45-24

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- William Pratcher rushed for two touchdowns and 71 yards and Middle Tennessee won its first game as a Conference USA member by defeating Western Carolina 45-24 Thursday night.

Jordan Parker ran for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, sparking the Blue Raiders to 28 unanswered points before Richard Sigmon kicked a 21-yard field goal for Western Carolina in the second half. Parker finished with 156 yards on 22 carries, and Logan Kilgore was 12 for 18 and threw one touchdown.

Trailing 31-3, Western Carolina's Troy Mitchell threw two touchdown passes within 11 seconds for the Catamounts. Karnorris Benson caught a 39-yard touchdown, Western Carolina recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and Mitchell found Terryon Robinson from 35 yards out, making it 31-18 at the half. Mitchell was 7 of 15 for 161 yards. The Catamounts have an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WCU
MTU
1st Downs1725
Total Yards371475
Passing257205
Rushing114270
Penalties6-567-75
3rd Down Conversions4-158-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers22
Possession28:0032:00

Passing Leaders

Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell7/1516110.721
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kilgore12/181448.010

Rushing Leaders

Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Warren13554.2111
Mitchell11383.5020
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Parker221567.1165
Pratcher10717.1238

Receiving Leaders

Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Benson411328.3156
Robinson47819.5135
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jefferson33411.3022
Clarke23417.0031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWCUMTU
TD14:51Jordan Parker 65 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick) 07
TD04:53Jacob Corbaley 10 Yd Pass From Logan Kilgore (Cody Clark Kick) 014
TD01:05Kyle Griswould 57 Yd Punt Return (Cody Clark Kick) 021
SECOND QUARTERWCUMTU
TD12:18William Pratcher 5 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick) 028
FG07:42Richard Sigmon 21 Yd 328
FG02:48Cody Clark 30 Yd 331
TD01:48Karnorris Benson 39 Yd Pass From Troy Mitchell (Troy Mitchell Run For Two-Point Conversion) 1131
TD01:37Terryon Robinson 35 Yd Pass From Troy Mitchell (Richard Sigmon Kick) 1831
THIRD QUARTERWCUMTU
TD03:54Austin Grammer 10 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick) 1838
FOURTH QUARTERWCUMTU
TD08:42William Pratcher 38 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick) 1845
TD04:17Shaun Warren 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 2445