Murfreesboro, TN (Sports Network) - Kevin Byard returned an interception 77
yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to propel the Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders to a 24-21 win over the Troy Trojans in a Sun Belt Conference
battle at Floyd Stadium.
Byard finished with two interceptions to help Middle Tennessee (8-3, 6-1 Sun
Belt) pick up its fourth win in a row. Logan Kilgore went 18-of-36 for 176
passing yards. Jordan Parker paced the rushing attack with 141 yards and a
score on 19 carries. Parker also led the team with 72 receiving yards. In
addition to Byard's two interceptions, the Blue Raiders' defensive unit
recovered three fumbles.
Troy (5-7, 3-5) used its duel quarterback system with Corey Robinson leading
the way with 183 yards, one touchdown, and one interception on 22-of-36
passing. Deon Anthony completed 9-of-12 attempts for 98 yards with one
touchdown and interception. Shawn Southward racked up 116 yards on 16 carries.
Kanorris Davis anchored the Trojans' defense with 10 total stops and two
The Blue Raiders struck first as Carlos Lopez connected on a 37-yard field
goal attempt at the 8:41 mark of the opening period. Middle Tennessee then
up 10-0 after Parker broke away for a 98-yard touchdown run later in the first
Troy answered just before the start of the second quarter with an 11-play, 80-
yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Eric
The only points of the second frame came courtesy of a 26-yard chip shot by
Lopez. His second made field goal gave Middle Tennessee a 13-7 advantage at
The Trojans came out of the break with some fire. After taking over on their
own 22-yard line, the Trojans marched down the field to put Deon Anthony in
position to complete a four-yard pass to Jarod Lee for six points. Will
Scott's converted extra point attempt gave Troy a 14-13 lead, its first of the
After a 58-yard fumble return by Dearco Nolan, Lopez netted a 21-yard field
goal attempt with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter to send Middle Tennessee
into the final stanza with a 16-14 advantage.
Troy came back in the fourth quarter as Anthony rushed six yards for a score
to put give the visitors a 21-16 lead with just over nine minutes before the
final gun. The Trojans regained possession and sought out some insurance
points. However, Anthony was picked off by Kevin Byard, who returned the
interception 77 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
The Trojans turned the ball over on downs on their final possession.
Despite the loss, Troy gained 472 yards of total offense while the Blue
Raiders produced just 328 yards.
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