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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)