Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

October 25, 2013

Herd-breaker

Marshall falls on final play against Raiders

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Logan Kilgore connected with Tavarres Jackson on a 9-yard scoring pass on the final play of the game, leading Middle Tennessee State to a 51-49 Conference USA win over Marshall on Thursday night.

Essray Taliaferro scored on a 2-yard run with 2:29 left in the game to enable the  Herd to overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, but Kilgore drove the Blue Raiders down the field and connected with Jackson with no time left on the clock.

Kilgore threw for 277 yards and four touchdowns, including seven receptions for 91 yards to Jefferson. Jordan Parker gained 127 yards and Reggie Whatley added 104 for the Blue Raiders (4-4, 2-2).

Rakeem Cato was 19-of-35 for 235 yards and three scores, while Taliaferro ran for 134 yards and two scores. Kevin Grooms also scored twice for Marshall. Gator Hoskins, Jazz King and Tommy Shuler also had touchdown receptions in the loss.

 The teams were tied at 21-21 at the break, with the Blue Raiders taking a 38-35 lead into the final period, and building a 45-35 lead with 13:17 left in the game.

Grooms and Taliaferro followed with touchdowns to put the Herd ahead before the late score by the Blue Raiders.

Marshall (4-3, 2-1) will host Southern Mississippi on Nov. 2.

MTSU 51, Marshall 49

Marshall........................7   14  14  14  —  49

Middle Tennessee..........14  7   17  13  —  51

First Quarter

MTSU—Griswould 16 pass from Kilgore (Clark kick), 11:03.

Mar—King 39 pass from Cato (Haig kick), 8:47.

MTSU—C.Brown 3 blocked punt return (Clark kick), 5:13.

Second Quarter

Mar—Taliaferro 1 run (Haig kick), 14:47.

Mar—Hoskins 6 pass from Cato (Haig kick), 3:57.

MTSU—Collis 16 pass from Kilgore (Clark kick), :27.

Third Quarter

MTSU—Parker 1 run (Clark kick), 12:37.

Mar—Grooms 1 run (Haig kick), 11:14.

MTSU—Kilgore 1 run (Clark kick), 9:37.

MTSU—FG Clark 37, 3:54.

Mar—Shuler 6 pass from Cato (Haig kick), 2:39.

Fourth Quarter

MTSU—Carmichael 6 pass from Kilgore (Clark kick), 13:17.

Mar—Grooms 1 run (Haig kick), 8:17.

Mar—Taliaferro 2 run (Haig kick), 2:29.

MTSU—Jefferson 9 pass from Kilgore, :00.

A—19,898.

                               ———

                         Mar          MTSU

First downs         27             31

Rushes-yards    52-213    60-308

Passing               235           277

Comp-Att-Int    19-35-1    22-40-1

Return Yards       40             80

Punts-Avg.         5-31.8    4-46.5

Fumbles-Lost         1-1          1-1

Penalties-Yards        6-61    6-75

Time of Possession    27:11    32:49

                                   ———

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Marshall, Taliaferro 24-134, Grooms 17-50, Cato 9-47, Team 2-(minus 18). Middle Tennessee, Parker 21-127, Whatley 16-104, Bryson 20-68, Kilgore 3-9.

PASSING—Marshall, Cato 19-35-1-235. Middle Tennessee, Kilgore 22-40-1-277.

RECEIVING—Marshall, Hoskins 7-88, Shuler 6-61, E.Frohnapfel 2-12, King 1-39, Taliaferro 1-16, Wilkins 1-10, Grooms 1-9. Middle Tennessee, Jefferson 7-91, Griswould 4-59, Collis 3-56, Parker 2-4, Clarke 1-40, Pettis 1-11, M.Henry 1-10, Carmichael 1-6, Bryson 1-2, Whatley 1-(minus 2).

 

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