Scores

Final

Marshall 49

(4-3, 2-1 C-USA)

Middle Tennessee 51

(4-4, 2-2 C-USA)

Coverage: FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM ET, October 24, 2013

Floyd Stadium, MURFREESBORO, TN

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 7 14 14 1449
MTU 14 7 17 1351

Top Performers

Passing: L. Kilgore (MTU) - 277 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Taliaferro (MRSH) - 24 CAR, 134 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Jefferson (MTU) - 7 REC, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Middle Tennessee tops Marshall on final play

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Logan Kilgore threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres Jefferson as time expired to give Middle Tennessee a 51-49 victory over Marshall on Thursday night.

Kilgore was 22 of 40 for 277 yards and four touchdowns for the Blue Raiders (4-4, 2-2 Conference USA). Jefferson had seven catches for 91 yards, and Jordan Parker ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

Rakeem Cato was 19 of 35 for 235 yards and three touchdowns for the Thundering Herd (4-3, 2-1). Essray Taliaferro ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

Marshall scored two late touchdowns to take the lead. Kevin Grooms scored on a 1-yard run with 8:17 to go, and Essray Taliaferro put the Thundering Herd up 49-45 with a 2-yard run with 2:29 left.

Kilgore then drove the Blue Raiders 79 yards for the winning score, also completing passes of 24, 14, 5 and 18 yards to Jefferson on the 13-play march.

Kilgore threw two 16-yard touchdown passes in the first half, connecting with Kyle Griswould in the first quarter and teaming with Christian Collis to tie it at 21 with 27 seconds left in the second. Kilgore had a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter and threw a 6-yard TD pass to Corey Carmichael early in the fourth.

Blue Raiders safety Chris Brown also blocked Tyler Williams' punt and scored in the first quarter.

Cato threw two touchdown passes in the first half, a 39-yarder to Jazz King and a 6-yarder to Gator Hoskins, and added a 6-yard scoring strike to Tommy Shuler in the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
MTU
1st Downs2731
Total Yards448585
Passing235277
Rushing213308
Penalties6-616-75
3rd Down Conversions9-1610-20
4th Down Conversions1-24-5
Turnovers22
Possession27:1132:49

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato19/352356.731
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kilgore22/402776.941

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taliaferro241345.6228
Grooms17502.9213
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Parker211276.0141
Whatley161046.5028

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hoskins78812.6130
Shuler66110.2119
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jefferson79113.0124
Griswould45914.8131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHMTU
TD11:03Kyle Griswould 16 Yd Pass From Logan Kilgore (Cody Clark Kick) 07
TD08:47Jazz King 39 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 77
TD05:13Chris Brown 0 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Cody Clark Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERMRSHMTU
TD14:47Essray Taliaferro 1 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1414
TD03:57Gator Hoskins 6 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 2114
TD00:27Christian Collis 16 Yd Pass From Logan Kilgore (Cody Clark Kick) 2121
THIRD QUARTERMRSHMTU
TD12:37Jordan Parker 1 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick) 2128
TD11:14Kevin Grooms 1 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 2828
TD09:37Logan Kilgore 1 Yd Run (Cody Clark Kick) 2835
FG03:54Cody Clark 37 Yd 2838
TD02:39Tommy Shuler 6 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 3538
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHMTU
TD13:17Corey Carmichael 6 Yd Pass From Logan Kilgore (Cody Clark Kick) 3545
TD08:17Kevin Grooms 1 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 4245
TD02:29Essray Taliaferro 2 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 4945
TD00:00Tavarres Jefferson 9 Yd Pass From Logan Kilgore 4951