Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by Steamer43, Aug 24, 2011.
Mid Tenn State opens the season with a win over rival Western Kentucky 45-14. WKU put a scare into the Blue Raiders early- Scoring on just the second play of the game. On the following drive, MTSU threw an interception, and a few plays later the Hilltoppers were in the end zone again for an early 14-0 lead. But it was all MTSU from then on. The Blue Raiders put 28 points on the board in the 2nd quarter to go into half with a 28-14 lead. Middle Tennessee closed out the game with 17 points in the second half. Player of the game goes to WR Malcolm Beyah for 4 catches for 84 yards and 2 TDs. After QB Jeff Murphy's interception- the senior went on to throw 11-for-13 for 236 yards and 2 TDs. Next week MTSU travels accross state to play powerhouse Tennessee, who thumped the shitty Memphis Tigers 51-3.
Blue Raiders Hang With Tennessee; Lose late 30-16.
Underdog MTSU could not have asked for a better start to the game. On the opening kick-off, the a Blue Raiders specialist ripped the ball out of the hands of the Tennessee returner's hands and the ball skipped backwords where Khari Burke picked it up and scooted into the end zone for a touchdown. In just 9 seconds of play, the Blue Raiders had matched the point total of the Memphis Tigers' game in the same stadium just one week ago. ( Full Moon Fever ) MTSU held their ground and went into the first quarter with the 7-0 lead. Tennessee finally got on the board with a touchdown from Fresno area native Tyler Bray connected on a 27 yard touchdown pass. Mid Tenn State finally got the offense going, and put together a drive that ended the half with a 34 yard field goal. Despite just 90 yards of offense, the Blue Raiders held a 10-7 lead at the break.
With 5 minutes to go in the 3rd Tennessee got a lucky that would drastically change the game. On 3rd and 14, Bray threw a desperation pass that sailed over the WR, but the MTSU corner went for the INT... the ball bounced off the defenders helmet, right into the hands of Volunteer WR Rogers' hands who took the ball 68 yards to the house to give Tennessee their first lead of the game; 14-10. The MTSU offense struggled to put a drive together and Tennessee got field goals on each of their next drive to take a 17-10 lead into the 4th. The two teams traded field goals on 4 possessions in the 4th quarter, but with Tennessee leading 23-16, they put the final nail in the coffin on a 3 yard touchdown run to seal the game. HB D.D. Kyles led MTSU with 74 yards on 19 carries. Next week the Blue Raiders open up conference play at UNLV, who is coming off a bye week after an impressive 66-10 loss to BYU.
Mid Tenn State shuts down UNLV offense; Wins 19-0
(As CoachRedd said we played a first game at 17-17 tied and his xbox froze with 3 secs so we restarted)
MTSU shut down the UNLV tripple option offense in the H4Y '12 2011 conference opener. The Runnin' Rebels only managed to gain 75 yards of offense as the Blue Raiders limited them to 60 yards rushing and just 2 completed passes for 15 yards on 11 attempts and forced 3 interceptions. MTSU QB Jeff Murphy managed the offense, completing 13 of 16 passes for 177 yards and RB D.D. Kyles led the Blue Raiders run game, grinding out 24 carries for 130 yards and a TD. Despite the good defense, the MTSU offense struggled past the 50 yard line. MTSU was held to two field goals and went into half with a 6-0 lead. The Blue Raiders put two more field goals on the board in the 3rd going into the 4th with a 12-0 lead. Finally MTSU got the big play they were looking for to put the game out of reach for certain when D.D. Kyles broke off a 71 yard TD run early in the 4th quarter to take home a 19-0 win. Next week the Blue Raiders host B1G 10 opponent Illinois.
I upset Illinois with a 4th quarter comeback. Outscore them 14-0 in the final quarter to win 27-23
Memphis Thumps Rival MTSU 23-10
On the first drive of the game, the Tiger defense bent but didn't break as they forced MTSU into punting from just inside the Memphis side of the field. The ensuing Tiger drive appeared to be thwarted as well when QB Ryan Williams was sacked leading to a 3rd and 18. But on the next play, Williams found standout WR Marcus Rucker crossing into a seam and threaded the ball into his hands, where he raced down to the 8 yard line before being tracked down by the Blue Raider defense. With first and goal, Williams again connected with Rucker, this time lobbing a perfect fade route into the corner of the endzone, where Rucker was able to use his height advantage to outjump his defender and pull in the score.
The MTSU Blue Raiders would waste no time answering, as standout HB and household name DD Kyles would take a pitch 56 yards before being ridden down inside the 5. Kyles would score on the next play to bring it to a 7-7 tie.
On their next drive, the Tiger offense appeared to be clicking as well, as HB Jerrell Rhodes scored from 15 yards out when he bounced into a hole on an inside slash play. But the touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty, and the Tigers had to settle for a field goal.
After some solid defense played by both teams, the Blue Raiders were able to tie the game just before halftime when punter Josh Davis was able to bang in a 45 yard field goal with one second before the break.
In the 3rd quarter, the Tiger defense stiffened and the offense was able to move the ball but couldn't punch it in. Chilean transfer student Paulo Henriques was able to knock in field goals from 43 and 40 yards, respectively, and the Tigers had a 16-10 advantage with 6 minutes left in the game.
That's when the real fun began.
As the Tiger defense continued to plague the Blue Raider offense, Rhodes was able to catch the MTSU defense napping as a weakside counter was able to spring him for a 73-yard gain, all the way down to the 1. On the next play, backup QB Will Gilchrist was able to get a touchdown pass as he found an uncovered Marcus Rucker in the endzone.
Now down 23-10 and with fewer than 4 minutes to play, the Blue Raiders were desperate and the Tiger defense was able to tighten the noose. Their next drive was pretty much over when Murphy turned tail and ran for his life from Memphis LB DeRon Furr. Furr was intent on the sack, and was able to bring Murphy down for a 23-yard loss.
On the next play, the Tiger defense forced the first and only turnover of the game, when a desperate Murphy pass over the middle was picked off. The Tigers were able to gain a few first downs and ice the game away.
Mid Tenn State holds off San Hoe State 28-25.
Well after playing 12 straight quarters of MTSU vs San Loser State I am drained. At this point I hardly remember what actually happened the first four quarters. I was down 17-7 and Bl0nde was stuffing my run game so I opened it up and scored on two long touchdown passes to go up 21-17. SJSU had the ball at the 15 with 5 minutes to go when Bl0nde disconnected. We restarted and played the last 5 minutes. MTSU stopped SJSU on 4th down to get the ball back, but they tried to go for the kill on a pass which got intercepted giving San Jose the ball back inside the 25 again. But once again the Blue Raiders shut down the Spartans' offense in the red zone and forced a turnover on downs. MTSU broke off a 70 yard TD run by back up RB Cunningham on the next play that pretty much sealed it. The Spartans scored on a long pass but a failed onside kick and MTSU first down ended the game.
Nothing went right for Steamer.
MTSU tops FAU 28-14
FAU running back Alfred Morris started off a career day for the Owls in the first quarter when he broke off a 53 yard TD run to give the Owls an early 7-0 lead. Just a minute later the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders answered, capping off the quick drive with an 11 yard TD run by DD Kyles. FAU would never see the lead again, but it would take till the 3 minute mark in the 2nd quarter for the Blue Raiders to claim it, when DD Kyles broke off a 30 yard TD run to take a 14-7 lead which they would take in to half. After holding the Owl offense, MTSU kept the offense moving, getting back into the red zone. This time the drive was capped on a 14 yard TD pass from Logan Kilgore to Malcolm Beyah. With the FAU offense being stuffed for most of the game, the Owls got a spark when Morris broke off another 50+ yard TD run, this one from 55 yards out. The Blue Raider offense went back to work and Kilgore connected to Beyah for the second straight drive on a 22 yard touchdown pass with 6 minutes to go. Despite Morris's school record-breaking 199 yard 2 TD performance, the dreadful play from FAU QB David Kooi kept them behind. The junior QB went 9-27 for 146 yards and threw 6 interceptions. The Blue Raider pass defense allowed them to sit on the ball for the rest of the game and get out of Florida with a 28-14 win to go. Star running back DD Kyles took 21 carries for 107 yards and 2 TDs, but it was WR Micah Beyah who got all the postgame interviews following his 6 rec 137 yards 2 TD performance. With the win, the Blue Raiders will no longer have to play on the road this season. After playing the first 7 of 8 games on the road, the Blue Raiders return home for a 4 game home stand to finish the season, and need just one more win to be bowl eligible. Next up are the struggling New Mexico Lobos.
New Mexico 17 (OT)
Jqwon finally got his karma returned to him from my hail mary pass. I got a 10-0 lead and tried to sit on it the whole game. Qwons RB took a toss with 3 guys around him at the 10 who just decided not to tackle him and he got in the end zone for a TD. Then he tied it with 2 to go after a false start eliminated his chances at a TD. I had my TE UNCOVERED towards the sideline which would have set up a field goal to win but a cb who was tangled with a wr 10 yards in front of him skipped out of the animation and super jumped to tip the pass, which led to OT and pick in the end zone ended the game giving that fucker a win.
MTSU Gets Bowl Eligible with 52-10 win over EMU
Played a CPU led Eastern Michigan team. It was just a 7-3 game up until the 3 minute mark in the 2nd quarter, when star RB DD Kyles broke off a 42 yard run to extend the lead. EMU would turn the ball over twice in the final minutes, allowing MTSU to extend the lead to 24-3 by halftime. The Blue Raiders scored again to open the 3rd, but EMU scored and was trying to stay in it down 31-10. Jr. QB Logan Kilgore ended those hopes when he connected on a quick strike to WR Sancho McDonald who beat the defender and ran 69 yards for a TD to secure the win and bowl eligibility. Kyles ended the game with 16 carries for 112 yards and 2 TD to be named POTG. The Blue Raiders get a bye week to rest and prepare for home games vs Akron and FIU to close the season.
Mid Tenn State(6-5) 24
3 Key To Victory for Akron
1. Steamer was driving in the 2nd quarter with the score 10-7 Akron when he tried to hit a short stop to a slot WR which I user picked with the LB and took it back 77 yards for a TD.
2. Keith Sconiers came up big with 42 and 66 yard TD receptions which both were pretty much toss ups and he just out negroed Steamers defender.
3. Balance, one of the few games where I could run the ball effectively with 26 carries for 151 yards to go along with 23 completions on 31 attempts for 395 yards.
3 Keys to Defeat for MTSU
1. Losing the TO battle 4-1 hurt as there were chances in the 2nd half that always seemed to end with a pick.
2. Defense. He allowed my piss poor offense to run and throw at will and even convert 7-11 3rd downs and 546 yards of total offense.
3. The pass rush was non existent with 0 sacks against an O-Line that goes 60, 67, 60, 58, 66. Allowed my QB to pick apart his offense.
MTSU Defense Bounces Back, Pitches Shutout in 23-0 Win Over FIU
Last week the MTSU Blue Raiders gave up 546 yards to the Akron Zips. This week the Blue Raiders stepped up in the final game of the regular season. The defense shut out the Panther offense, held them to 141 yards, and got 6 takeaways. Middle Tennessee's defense wasn't the only one impressing. FIU held the Blue Raiders to 228 yards, while they failed to convert a single 3rd down on 9 attempts. The two teams combined for just 103 passing yards. But in a game of two stagnant offenses, it was the MTSU defense that made the big plays. A fumble recovery set up MTSU's first 3 points, and 52 yard interception return gave them a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. As the FIU offense was gaining momentum before half, safety Russel picked off a pass to end the drive, and with just 17 seconds left, a long pass set up a field goal to take the 13-0 lead into half. With both teams continuing to struggle offensively in the 3rd, MTSU got the only big offensive play of the day to break the game open on Cunningham's 76 yard touchdown run to take a 20-0 lead. Player of the game award goes to senior CB Arness Ikner, whose 2 interceptions on senior night put him in the school record books for most interceptions in a season with 10. His 10 interceptions ties for the most in the nation, and is 4 ahead of anyone in the C-USA. MTSU finishes the season 7-5 and headed to a bowl game. The Blue Raiders currently hold 6th place in the C-USA, but a loss by San Jose State would bump MTSU up to 5th. According to ESPN's bowl projections, MTSU will be headed to the New Orleans Bowl to face currently 9th ranked UCF
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