Saturday, October 1, 2016

Middle Tennessee's stingy D beats North Texas 30-13

Brent Stockstill passed for 295 yards with a pair of touchdowns and Middle Tennessee's defense clamped down during a 30-13 victory over North Texas on Saturday night.
The win boosts the Blue Raiders to 4-1 (2-0 in Conference USA) for this first time since 2001 when they started 5-0.
After giving up a 17-play drive and an early touchdown, Middle Tennessee's defense held North Texas scoreless on its next nine possessions as Stockstill and Canon Rookerrang up five straight scores to lead 23-7 into the fourth quarter.
Rooker kicked a career-high three field goals and Stockstill went 24-of-45 passing with a pair of touchdowns. The defense forced North Texas (2-3, 1-1) to punt eight times, including six three-and-outs.
Mason Fine ended the drought with a 5-yard pass to Kelvin Smith with 1:57 to play. I'Tavius Smith bounced the Blue Raiders right back with a 46-yard TD after the ensuing onside kick.

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