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Photo courtesy of MT Athletics  The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (3-2, 2-0) traveled to Marshall to take on the Thundering Herd Friday night. The Blue Raiders came in on a short week after defeating the Florida Atlantic Owls last Saturday. It was a tightly contested game until the Blue Raiders offense exploded in the …

Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines When running back Tavares Thomas’ one-yard rushing touchdown put the Blue Raiders within one point of the defending C-USA champion Florida Atlantic Owls with 38 seconds remaining, a game-altering decision loomed. Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill made that decision well before Thomas’ six-foot, 245-pound frame pushed …

Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines Lane Kiffin, the second year head coach of Florida Atlantic, had not lost to a Conference USA opponent during his tenure with the Owls. That changed Saturday night in Floyd Stadium. “That’s the best win I’ve been a part of here,” said quarterback Brent Stockstill. Brent Stockstill’s …

Photo by Andrew Brown / MTSU Sidelines  The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-6, 4-4) defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5, 6-2) by a score of 35-30 in the fourth annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. MTSU snapped a four-game bowl losing streak and picked up its second bowl win in the Football Bowl Subdivision era. …

Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines  Middle Tennessee freshman defensive lineman Jordan Ferguson was named to Pro Football Focus-College’s Conference USA defensive team of the week following the Blue Raiders’ win over the Old Dominion Monarchs. PFF Week 13 – C-USA Team of the Week – Defense Yea, that’s the third week in …

Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (6-6, 4-4) became bowl eligible Saturday by defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs (5-7, 3-5) by a score of 41-10 on senior day at Floyd Stadium. “(We’ve) been battling adversity throughout the season,” said senior running back Shane Tucker. “It feels good to …