GAMEDAY College Football

Middle Tennessee 34, Colorado State 19

Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Tra Fluellen returned an interception for a score on the first play from scrimmage, Frank Peasant ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in the second quarter and Middle Tennessee never trailed as the Blue Raiders beat Colorado State 34-19.

Peasant finished with 22 carries for 93 yards. Chase Cunningham completed 31 of 39 passes for 266 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Metcalf that gave Middle Tennessee (1-1) a 34-0 lead with 13:41 left in the third quarter.

Zeke Rankin made a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter and kicked a 35-yarder that gave the Blue Raiders a 20-0 lead with 2:20 left in the second. Christian Dixon's strip-sack of Colorado State's Clay Millen was recovered at 18 and three plays later Peasant's second TD run make it 27-0 at halftime.

Millen was 20-of-30 passing for 256 yards and three touchdowns - all to Tory Holton - but threw two interceptions and was sacked nine times. Horton finished with nine receptions for 186 yards, including scoring receptions of 48, 69 and 17 yards in the third quarter for Colorado State (0-2).


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MiddTnColoSt
MiddTn TD 14:51 Tra Fluellen 32 yd interception return (Zeke Rankin kick) 7 0
MiddTn FG 5:02 Zeke Rankin 25 yd FG 10 0
Second Quarter MiddTnColoSt
MiddTn TD 11:37 Frank Peasant 1 yd run (Zeke Rankin kick) 17 0
MiddTn FG 2:26 Zeke Rankin 35 yd FG 20 0
MiddTn TD 1:28 Frank Peasant 1 yd run (Zeke Rankin kick) 27 0
Third Quarter MiddTnColoSt
MiddTn TD 13:41 Elijah Metcalf 42 yd pass from Chase Cunningham (Zeke Rankin kick) 34 0
ColoSt TD 8:41 Tory Horton 48 yd pass from Clay Millen (missed kick) 34 6
ColoSt TD 6:02 Tory Horton 69 yd pass from Clay Millen (Cayden Camper kick) 34 13
ColoSt TD 1:57 Tory Horton 17 yd pass from Clay Millen (failed 2pt pass) 34 19
Team Stats
  Middle Tennessee Colorado State
First downs 20 16
  Rushing 5 3
  Passing 11 10
  Penalty 4 3
3rd Down Efficiency 7-17, 41% 3-14, 21%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 41-114 34--10
Passing Yards 266 256
Return Yards 44 83
Completions-Attempts-Int 31-39-1 20-30-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--12 9--70
Punts 5 6
Punts-Average 42.4 40.3
Fumbles Lost 1-1 3-2
Penalties - Yards 4-47 8-67
Time of Possession 31:19 28:41
Middle Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Cunningham 31 39 266 1 1
Colorado State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Millen 20 30 256 3 2
Middle Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
F. Peasant 22 93 4.2 2
C. Cunningham 12 24 2.0 0
D. Bracy 6 -1 -0.2 0
A. Sparrow 1 -2 -2.0 0
Colorado State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Vivens 12 41 3.4 0
D. Bailey 8 7 0.9 0
A. Morrow 3 7 2.3 0
C. Millen 11 -65 -5.9 0
Middle Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
I. Gathings 11 92 8.4 0
E. Metcalf 2 47 23.5 1
J. Lane 3 46 15.3 0
A. Sparrow 4 41 10.3 0
Y. Ali 5 23 4.6 0
Q. Tolbert 1 12 12.0 0
A. Toney 2 11 5.5 0
F. Peasant 2 0 0.0
0
D. Bracy 1 -6 -6.0 0
Colorado State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Horton 9 186 20.7 3
M. Stovall 5 42 8.4 0
T. McCullouch 4 26 6.5 0
A. Vivens 1 6 6.0 0
D. Bailey 1 -4 -4.0 0
Middle Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Fluellen 1 32
D. Patterson 1 0
Colorado State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Howell 1 0
Middle Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ulbrich 5 212 42.4
Colorado State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Turner 6 242 40.3
Middle Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Lane 1 12 12.0
Colorado State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Stovall 2 10 5.0
Middle Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Colorado State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Vivens 3 73 24.3
Middle Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
Colorado State Missed FG
Player Length
C. Camper 43




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