|Date of game: 10/18/2014
Recap: Middle Tennessee vs. UAB
Murfreesboro, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Reggie Whatley racked up 100 yards and a score on seven carries to help the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders notch a 34-22 decision over the UAB Blazers in a Conference USA matchup at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium.
Jeremiah Bryson added 64 yards and two touchdowns on nine rushes for Middle Tennessee (5-3, 4-1 C-USA), which picked up its third win in four games and stayed perfect at home with the victory. Austin Grammer amassed 141 yards and two scores despite completing only 6-of-19 pass attempts. T.T. Barber anchored the Blue Raiders' defensive unit with eight total stops, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and an interception.
For UAB (4-3, 2-2), Cody Clements finished with 185 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 19-of-29 passing efficiency. Jordan Howard tallied a game- high 121 yards on 32 carries, while Jamari Staple made four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. Rolan Milligan made two sacks for the Blazers in the losing effort.
Middle Tennessee struck first, as Bryson scored on a one-yard run just over two minutes after the opening kickoff.
The Blazers narrowed the deficit to one point, as Ty Long connected on field goal tries from distances of 25 and 42 yards in the first frame. The Blue Raiders led, 14-6, after 15 minutes thanks to a 65-yard touchdown pass from Grammer to Chris Perkins with 25 seconds left before the start of the second stanza.
UAB rattled off nine consecutive points to take its first lead of the contest. Long sent a 32-yard field goal try through the uprights at the 11:34 mark of the second quarter before Howard punched it in from a yard out with just over six minutes left before the intermission. The Blazers led, 15-14, after an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt prevented them from taking a field goal-lead.
MT jumped back in front, as Bryson concluded a six-play, 59-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown rush at the 3:50 point of the second period. Cody Clarke's successful extra-point try gave the Blue Raiders a 21-15 advantage on the scoreboard as the game entered the break.
The only points of the third quarter came courtesy of a 43-yard touchdown reception by UAB's Jamari Staples.
After entering the fourth stanza facing a one-point deficit, MT took a lasting lead with 11 minutes remaining in regulation, as Whatley broke away for a 67- yard touchdown run. The Blue Raiders added some insurance points with two minutes remaining, when Grammer and Marcus Henry connected on a 30-yard scoring pass.
MT held a narrow, 229-220, edge in rushing yards. The Blazers were penalized 10 times for a loss of 90 yards.Game Notes