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Clark’s Late Field Goal Helps MTSU Nip Memphis, 17-15

 

Memphis at Middle Tennessee (photo by Steve Basford)

MURFREESBORO, TN — Redshirt freshman Cody Clark’s 40 yard field goal with 1:49 left, the second of his short career, boosted Middle Tennessee State to a 17-15 win over in-state rival Memphis. The Blue Raider defense preserved the win with key sacks on Memphis’ last gasp drive.

(courtesy MTSU)

MTSU took over on their own 35 with 3:31 remaining and down 15-14. Pass plays of 18 and 25 yards by Logan Kilgore to Marcus Henry and Tavarres Jefferson helped the Blue Raiders reach the Memphis 23.

Memphis reached the MTSU 36 after the field goal, but sacks by Alexandro Antoine and Jared Singletary of Tiger quarterback Paxton Lynch, the last one leaving no time for another play, pushed the Tigers out of field goal range.

The MTSU Blue Raiders continued their dominance in the series with Memphis, running their record in the series to 17-8-1, including 11-2 at home. Memphis’ last win in Murfreesboro was in 1939. The eighth largest crowd in Floyd Stadium history — 23,922 — was on hand to honor its 2013 Hall of Fame class.

Memphis outgained MTSU 350 to 284 and had over nine more minutes of possession time, but committed 15 penalties for 145 yards. The Tigers had 11 of their penalties for 114 yards in the first half.

MTSU scored on their second possession, going 92 yards in 13 plays, with the help of two pass interference calls. On a favorable overturn after an official review, Kyle Griswould’s catch of Kilgore’s bootleg pass and dive at the right pylon from seven yards out was ruled a touchdown.

(courtesy U of Memphis)

The Tigers answered two possessions later with a 21 yard field goal in the second quarter by Jake Elliot. The Memphis drive started at the MTSU 38 following a punt out of the end zone.

The Blue Raiders needed only eight yards to extend the lead to 14-3 with 3:39 left before halftime on a one yard plunge by Jordan Parker. T.T. Barber’s interception at the Memphis 32 and return to the 16 plus an eight yard penalty set up the score.

Cody Clark is the hero for the Blue Raiders (courtesy MTSU)

Elliot’s second field goal of the half of 41 yards made the halftime score 14-6. Bakari Hollier’s interception of a Kilgore pass at his own 22 and 33 yard return started the drive at the MTSU 45 with 1:12 remaining.

The Tigers had to settle for Elliot’s third field goal from 27 yards on their first possession of the second half to make it 14-9. A false start on second and goal at the MTSU five stalled the drive.

Lynch’s one yard rollout pass to Alan Cross on third and goal at the one gave Memphis a 15-14 lead with 13:38 remaining in the game, capping a 10 play, 69 yard drive. Lynch’s two point conversion pass was incomplete, leaving the margin for a field goal to win instead of tie.

The Blue Raiders raised their record to 2-1, while the Tigers fell to 0-2.

Paxton Lynch (U of Memphis)

Thomas fired by Florida International University after three seasons

 

Isiah Thomas coaching Knicks (2007 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Florida International University is located in Miami, Florida.

The school is a Mid-major playing in the Sun Belt Conference of NCAA Division I. The enrollment is 47,966 students.

Three years ago the athletics department came up with the idea of bringing in a name basketball coach who could lure “big-time talent to the tropical paradise of South Florida. They felt they could win.

Entering the picture was former NBA star and coach Isiah Thomas to take a risk with an unknown program.

Thomas signed a five-year deal with the school to take the job, accepting nothing in base salary for his first season but agreeing to receive almost half of any gross revenues from ticket sales, commissions collected on food and beverage concessions and sponsorships.

Three years into the agreement, FIU did not see the fruits of his labor enough to reward the final two years of his contract.

The basketball program never was able to generate the enthusiasm that the school administration and Thomas had hoped. The Panthers averaged 1,071 fans at home this season.

One of the problems is that FIU tried to schedule games at home when the NBA’s Miami Heat were on the road and sometimes that didn’t work out because game dates and times have to be mutually agreed upon by both schools and the league it plays in.

Other factors that hurt FIU, is that the University of Miami draws huge crowds and has a winning team plus, Miami being a paradise city as mentioned before, there is the beach, surfing and volleyball for people to engage in.

(courtesy of Florida International University athletics)

The Panthers schedule was tough as well playing George Mason, Oral Roberts, Maryland, Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.

Thomas, the Basketball Hall of Fame player, was fired last Friday with a record of 26-55. His teams never won more than 11 games in a season.

FIU has never been a basketball power. The school’s last winning season was 1999-2000, and its winning percentage of .315 since that period of time is one of the worst in college basketball, 329th out of 344 Division I men’s programs, according to STATS LLC.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, Florida International, Internet reports

 

Miami favored in Mid-American Conference football race

 

(courtesy of Mid-American Conference)

The team to beat in the upcoming football season is the Miami University RedHawks, the 2010 Mid-American Conference champion, has been picked by the media to repeat as East Division champion.

Ohio was selected to finish second.

Toledo is the team to beat in the MAC West Division.

The RedHawks have a new head coach in alumnus Don Treadwell to keep the program rolling. Treadwell, who is 41 years old, was a four-year starter at receiver.

The 2010 team finished at 10-4 with a win over Middle Tennessee State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Then head coach Mike Haywood left Miami before the bowl game but was fired shortly thereafter by the University of Pittsburgh due to a domestic-violence charge.

 

Info from staff, Miami University & Mid-American Conference

 

2010 LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: Florida International beats Toledo, 34-32

(courtesy of Little Caesars Pizza Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

Jack Griffin’s 34-yard field goal on the final play of the game gave Florida International a stunning, come-from-behind win over the Toledo Rockets, 34-32 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field.

The upstart Golden Panthers, playing in their first bowl game, faced fourth-and-17 on their final drive before picking up the first down on a hook-and-lateral to T.Y. Hilton.

Seconds later, Wes Carroll found Greg Ellingson across the middle of the field to the Toledo 22-yard line, setting up the final kick for FIU who finishes up 7-6.

The Rockets, who were the favorites and had most of the crowd at Ford Field rooting for them because Toledo, Ohio is just 46 miles south of Detroit, finishes the season at 8-5.

Toledo had taken the lead with 1:14 remaining on a touchdown run by Terrance Owens and a two-point conversion pass to Eric Page.

The two teams aren’t strangers. The Panthers beat the Rockets 35-16 in 2008. Toledo won 41-31 at FIU Stadium in 2009.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL PANTHERS GAME NOTES

* FIU started the season at 0-4, losing on the road at Texas A&M, Maryland and Pittsburgh in exchange for huge paydays to help the program.

* This was their first bowl game.

* FIU had a 6-2 record in the Sun Belt Conference and made it to the postseason in the ninth season in the history of the program and its sixth year in the Football Subdivision level.

* The Panthers loss in their season finale to Middle Tennessee State cost them sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt.

* FIU has an explosive all-around player in junior T.Y. Hilton with 56 receptions for 816 yards and four touchdowns. As a running back from scrimmage, he has 26 carries for 278 yards with four TD’s.

* QB Wesley Carroll has completed 61.8% of his passes, but he takes too many risks throwing 13 interceptions compared to 15 interceptions.

TOLEDO ROCKETS GAME NOTES

* Made its first postseason appearance since 2005.

* Freshman QB Terrance Owens took over after Austin Dantin went down after the ninth game with a partially separated shoulder on October 30. Owens ends the season at 2-2 as the starter.

* The Rockets get their spark from sophomore wide receiver Eric Page, who won All-Mid-American Conference honors as a receiver and kick returner. Page is 10th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (158.8). He is fifth in the nation with 94 receptions and is the only player in the Football Subdivision this season with three kickoff returns for a touchdown. He has also thrown for three scores.

* LB Archie Donald is the first Toledo player to lead the team in tackles for four consecutive years. Donald tied for the MAC lead in tackles with 134 and had three interceptions.

* RB Adonis Thomas is second in the Mid-American Conference with 905 rushing yards, averaging 6 yards a carry, and had 29 receptions.


compiled from Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Florida International & Toledo athletics news

XAVIER Basketball Update: men & women win

(courtesy of GoXavier.com)

MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM

Mark Lyons made two free throws with 3,4 seconds left in the game and Xavier held on to beat the nation’s runner-up team from last season, the Butler Bulldogs, 51-49.

The win by 6-2 Xavier extend’s the nation’s second-longest home-court winning streak to 28 games, tying a school record.

Butler at 4-4 has struggled out of the gate this year.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM

Megan Askew scored a career-high 17, and Xavier held off a pesky Middle Tennessee State team to extend their best start in the school’s history of women’s basketball.

Xavier is now 9-0.

Middle Tennessee State falls to 9-3.

compiled from Xavier athletics news

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