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Hawaii Bowl: Middle Tennessee 25, San Diego State 23

(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

By KALANI TAKASE
Associated Press

HONOLULU - Zeke Rankin kicked four field goals, including a 37-yarder for the go-ahead score with 2:05 left, and Middle Tennessee State beat San Diego State 25-23 in the Hawaii Bowl.

The Blue Raiders (8-5) overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to turn back the Aztecs (7-6) in a game that featured six lead changes.

Rankin converted four of his five field goal attempts to tie the Hawaii Bowl record for field goals. He made kicks from 44, 49, 26 and 37 yards and missed from 42.

San Diego State took a 23-22 lead with 5:43 to play on a 52-yard field goal by Jack Browning, but Middle Tennessee State drove 55 yards in 12 plays, capped by Rankin's 37-yard field goal to put his team ahead for good.

Middle Tennessee State finished with 170 yards of total offense to 364 total yards for San Diego State.

The Blue Raiders won despite allowing seven sacks and being held to minus-61 yards rushing.

San Diego State led 14-13 at halftime.

It was the first meeting between the schools.

THE TAKEAWAY

Middle Tennessee State: After being picked by league media to finish eighth (out of 11 teams) in the C-USA preseason poll, the Blue Raiders finished the season out in a strong way by winning their final four games, capped off by their sixth bowl in eight seasons and 10th overall in 17 seasons under coach Rick Stockstill.

San Diego State: The Aztecs were projected by Mountain West media to finish second in the West Division behind Fresno State. Their season saw personnel changes at offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and quarterback, which helped to spur five wins in seven games following a 2-3 start to the year.

December 24, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MiddTnSDSU
SDSU TD 7:18 Mark Redman 9 yard TD pass from Jalen Mayden (Jack Browning Extra Point) 0 7
SDSU TD 4:42 Kenan Christon 73 yard TD pass from Jalen Mayden (Jack Browning Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter MiddTnSDSU
MiddTn FG 11:49 Zeke Rankin 44 yard field goal 3 14
MiddTn TD 3:14 Jordan Ferguson 8 yard TD pass from Chase Cunningham (Zeke Rankin Extra Point) 10 14
MiddTn FG 0:22 Zeke Rankin 49 yard field goal 13 14
Third Quarter MiddTnSDSU
MiddTn FG 6:59 Zeke Rankin 26 yard field goal 16 14
SDSU FG 1:26 Jack Browning 39 yard field goal 16 17
Fourth Quarter MiddTnSDSU
MiddTn TD 13:25 Jaylin Lane 16 yard TD pass from Chase Cunningham (Frank Peasant 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 22 17
SDSU FG 10:15 Jack Browning 36 yard field goal 22 20
SDSU FG 5:43 Jack Browning 52 yard field goal 22 23
MiddTn FG 2:05 Zeke Rankin 37 yard field goal 25 23
Team Stats
  Middle Tennessee San Diego State
First downs 13 15
  Rushing 0 4
  Passing 11 9
  Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-17, 18% 4-16, 25%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 2-4, 50%
Rushes-Yards 30--66 32-55
Passing Yards 236 309
Return Yards 62 114
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-43-1 19-43-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 7-76 2-17
Punts 7 4
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 5-50 9-90
Middle Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Cunningham 26 43 236 2 1
San Diego State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Mayden 19 43 309 2 3
Middle Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
F. Peasant 17 27 1.6 0
D. Bracy 2 7 3.5 0
C. Cunningham 9 -91 -10.1 0
San Diego State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Fountain 1 27 27.0 0
J. Mayden 12 26 2.2 0
J. Matthews 1 1 1.0 0
C. Bell 4 1 0.3 0
J. Byrd 11 1 0.1 0
M. Shaw 1 0 0.0 0
K. Christon 1 0 0.0 0
Middle Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Lane 10 111 11.1 1
I. Gathings 7 69 9.9 0
Y. Ali 3 24 8.0 0
F. Peasant 2 10 5.0 0
J. Ferguson 1 8 8.0 1
D. England-Chisolm 1 7 7.0 0
E. Metcalf 1 4 4.0 0
D. Bracy 1 3 3.0 0
San Diego State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Christon 2 111 55.5 1
J. Matthews 7 99 14.1 0
T. Shavers 4 62 15.5 0
D. De Los Reyes 2 18 9.0 0
M. Redman 1 9 9.0 1
J. Byrd 2 7 3.5 0
J. Nicholson 1 3 3.0 0
Middle Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Ross 1 12
D. Patterson 1 2
J. Ferguson 1 0
San Diego State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Malone 1 0
Middle Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ulbrich 7 383 54.7
San Diego State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Browning 4 195 48.8
Middle Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Lane 3 48 16.0
San Diego State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Byrd 1 3 3.0
Middle Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
San Diego State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Byrd 4 84 21.0
M. Garrison 1 27 27.0
Middle Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
Z. Rankin 42
San Diego State Missed FG
Player Length
J. Browning 43




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