MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee scored 41-straight points after Old Dominion scored first as the Blue Raiders defeated the Monarchs 41-10 Saturday evening in Murfreesboro.
ODU took the opening kickoff 66-yards and converted a 26-yard Nick Rice field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Ray Lawry ran 28-yards on the first play of the game to set up the Monarchs in the red zone.
Middle Tennessee followed with a 14 play, 40-yard drive that ended in a 28-yard field goal by Canon Rooker to tie the score at 3.
The Blue Raiders took their first lead of the game early in the second quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Brent Stockstill to Tavonn Salter.
Middle Tennessee went on top 17-3 in the middle of the second quarter on a Stockstill eight-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Windham to complete a 10 play, 84-yard scoring drive.
Stockstill threw his third touchdown pass of the first half with 1:38 left in the second quarter, a 22-yarder to Jimmy Marshall.
Terrelle West added a pair of touchdown runs in the second half for MT and Crews Holt kicked a 41-yard field goal.
Blake LaRussa connected with Melvin Vaughn for a six-yard touchdown pass for the final score of the night.
Ray Lawry finished with 14 carries for 97-yards, while Isaiah Harper caught a career-best eight passes for 83-yards. Marvin Branch and Miles Fox each had eight tackles for the Monarchs.
NOTES: Game captains for ODU were Brandon Addison, Melvin Vaughn, Oshane Ximines and Josh Marriner … Eric Magwood started at right guard, his first career start at ODU … Nick Rice kicked his 15th field goal of the season, setting an ODU single-season record … With a first quarter sack, Oshane Ximines broke his own single-season school record with 8.5 sacks … Ray Lawry passed the 4,000 yard career rushing mark with his first carry of the game, a 27-yard run … Sean Carter intercepted his third pass of the season and fifth of his career … Rob Thompson intercepted his second pass of the season and third of his career.