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MT Wins Homecoming Game over ULM 44-28

November 16, 2002 · MT Media Relations
One Play TD: The Blue Raiders scored on one play for the first time this season when Andrico Hines hit Tyrone Calico on a 34-yard screen pass on the team's first possession of the game. The Blue Raiders struck for TDs on one play on four occasions last season. Ironically, it was Calico that scored on the last one play scoring drive for MT. He scampered 38 yards on a reverse against Arkansas State. To continue the coincidences, the game was the 2001 homecoming contest.

Hicks Milestone: RB Dwone Hicks' first quarter TD run gives him 50 rushing scores in his career. The touchdown was his 56th overall. Hicks has now scored 340 points in his four years at Middle Tennessee. Hicks already owned the school records in each of those categories. Hicks' TD total is 11 ahead of Joe Campbell, who stands in second place all-time.

More on Hicks: Dwone Hicks continued to prove why he's the best back in the Sun Belt. After missing time with a knee injury, Hicks has put together three straight 100-yard rushing games. Hicks gained 143 yards on 25 carries this afternoon. Hicks now has posted 16 career 100-yard games. Hicks' yardage tally was also good enough to propel him into third place all-time on the career rushing yardage list, eclipsing Kippy Bayless. Hicks' yardage total today is his second-highest of the season.

Calico for 100: Tyrone Calico's nine catches for a career-best 161 yards gives him two games this season in which he has eclipsed the century mark. It also gives him seven career 100-yard games, equaling Demetric Mostiller for the second-most all-time. Calico also equaled his own school record with three TDs in a game when he hauled in a 63-yard strike from Andrico Hines in the second quarter. Calico's yardage total in the game also sets a new career high for the Millington, Tenn., native.

Hines Returns in a Big Way: Andrico Hines didn't take long to shake off the rust after missing a game due to a pulled groin muscle. Hines was 16-of-22 passing today for 239 yards and three TDs. Hines completed his first 10 attempts for 160 yards and never looked back. He racked up three TD passes during that stretch, including the longest completion of his career, a 63-yard strike to Tyrone Calico. In fact, Hines' two TD tosses in the first quarter today double his season total.

More on Hines: QB Andrico Hines has really turned in on in his last two home appearances. Hines is a combined 33-of-46 passing during this span and has tossed four of his five TD passes in these contests. Hines has thrown for 586 yards in these two games for an average of 293 yards per game. Hines has also done a nice job taking care of the football in these games. He has not thrown a pick in either of these games.

Youell Working His Way Up: WR David Youell continues to compile impressive career numbers. With four catches and 27 yards today, Youell has now eclipsed the 100 catch and 1,000-yard plateau. Youell's efforts today pushed him to sixth place on the all-time receptions list, eclipsing former Blue Raider Matt Lowe. He is also now one of only six men at Middle Tennessee to have 100 or more career catches.

Blocking For a TD: Middle Tennessee blocked its first punt of the season today in the third quarter and returned it for a TD. The block, which was the sixth blocked kick under Andy McCollum, was the first punt block for the Blue Raiders since knocking one down on Nov. 3, 2001 against Arkansas State. Also, MT had not returned a blocked punt for a TD since Oct. 7, 2000 against Louisiana Tech. Joey Montalbano was the man responsible for the block, his first, and Chris Henry took the ball to paydirt to score his first career points.

Kickin' Kelly: Brian Kelly turned in perhaps the best performance of his career against the Indians. Kelly booted three field goals in the game, with a long of 43 yards, marking the second time in his career he has kicked as many. Kelly added five extra points for a total of 14 points, making his scoring effort the third best in single-game history for a kicker. Kelly's scoring prowess in the game also moved him to fourth place on the career list for scoring by a kicker with 184 points. Kelly is now only 30 points shy of third place. Kelly has now converted on six consecutive field goal tries.

Scoring Early and Often: The Blue Raiders put together four scoring drives in the first quarter of today's game to jump out to a 24-0 lead over the Indians. The four scores are the most for the Blue Raiders in one period this season. The team had scored three times in one quarter on three different occasions prior to today.

Homecoming Havoc: Middle Tennessee won its third straight homecoming game today and has now won 14 of the last 15. The Blue Raiders now own a record of 43-18-2 on homecoming. The last homecoming loss that the Blue Raiders suffered came in 1999 against Troy State.

Quick Hitters: Safety Will Martin recovered his first career fumble in the first quarter ... Martin later intercepted his first career pass in the second quarter ... WR Tyrone Calico's three TD catches today gives him 17 receiving scores in his career and places him four fourth place all-time ... Andrico Hines' second TD pass in the first quarter doubled his season total of two that he brought into the game ... QB Andrico Hines completed his first 10 passes for 160 yards today ... Hines' 63-yard pass to Tyrone Calico is the longest of his career ... ULM's block of a Middle Tennessee punt in the second quarter marks the second time this season that the opposition has turned in a punt block this year ... RB Dwone Hicks' 44-yard catch in the third quarter is his longest of the season.

QUOTES

MT Head Coach Andy McCollum
"The fans that were here today, in that weather, were great. That is what Middle Tennessee football is all about. We had a lot of recruits here today. For them to see the fans we have, in those conditions, I couldn't be more appreciative of our people. It is a growing process, and that is what it is all about. Our fans and our student body were super. To have all those fans there, in those conditions, makes a great statement about our university."

"I was proud of our offense and the way they came out. We got a turnover on defense. We were finishing things, and then we got a little sloppy. The blocked punt was ridiculous. That should not happen at Middle Tennessee. That was ridiculous. We fumbled a kick-off return and let them back in the game. But, I thought we did some good things. Offensively, we had all of our bullets tonight. We got Dwone [Hicks] back in, we had Andrico [Hines] doing the things he is capable of doing, and he had [Tyrone] Calico healthy. We had key guys in there and they made plays. With our offensive line, I am real proud of the last drive. We finished the game up with getting a first down. I am proud of our defense. I thought they played well. We had a chance to get off the field a couple of times. There was an interception we should have had to get us off the field. Overall, I thought we did some good things. We will go back and watch the film, and get ready for next week."

ULM Head Coach Mike Williams
"Since I took over the team we have really stressed finishing a ball game, and I think we did that tonight. I believe this team continues to improve, but Middle Tennessee came out tough because they were able to get key players back into the lineup. "

"There were a handful of plays that kept us out of the game, but I thought we had a chance to turn things around in the third quarter. However, the blocked punt was a key points swing in the game and we just couldn't recover. I believe we also killed ourselves with personal fouls and mental mistakes."

ULM QB Steven Jyles
"I know the interception ended my streak of consecutive passes without an interception, but I really don't think about records. I just want to go out and help the team find a way to win. Our plan, coming into the game, was to attack the defense but we had a slow start and we had to play catch-up the rest of the game. I really thought we had a chance to win the game all the way to the end, but just had some mental errors we couldn't get past.

ULM Linebacker Carlos Hughes
"Coming into the game we thought we would have to stop the run to win, but then Middle Tennessee came out throwing the ball. The quarterback had a good game and we knew Dwone Hicks was a good running back, and he found some big holes to run through. We had our chances in the second half, but couldn't fight back from the points we gave up in the first quarter."

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