Dasher leads Blue Raiders to resounding victory
Middle Tennessee erupts for 47 points in winSeptember 29, 2007 · MT Media Relations
Dasher, making his second career start, led the Blue Raiders (1-4, 1-1) to 47 first-half points, the most in a half since scoring 52 in the first half of a 66-10 win over Connecticut in 2000.
Dasher completed 10-of-17 passes in the game for 240 yards, throwing touchdown passes of 14 yards to Bobby Williams and a 27-yard strike to Desmond Gee in the first quarter, and a 71-yard touchdown to DeMarco McNair in the second quarter.
The Blue Raiders rolled up 405 yards on offense while holding the Golden Panthers to just 145. Florida International picked up just two first downs while turning the ball over three times in the first half.
Phillip Tanner rushed for a game-high 59 yards for Middle Tennessee.
The Blue Raiders added a safety when FIU punter Chris Cook mishandled a snap and fumbled it through the end zone.
Florida International (0-5, 0-1) scored its touchdown in the fourth quarter after Middle Tennessee punter Robert Billings mishandled the snap in the end zone. Chance Attaway recovered the fumble for the touchdown with 12:39 remaining in the game.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: Middle Tennessee unleashed all its frustrations of an 0-4 season out in the first half against the Golden Panthers. The Blue Raiders scored 47 points, tallied 337 total yards of offense, forced three turnovers, had six different players score a touchdown, and allowed only 52 yards on defense. For the game, MT finished with 47 points which marked the most ever scored under Rick Stockstill.
GREAT NIGHT FOR DASHER: Quarterback Dwight Dasher, who played just a couple series in the second half against FIU, turned in a career performance in recording his first victory under center for the Blue Raiders. Dasher completed 10 of 17 passes for a personal-best 240 yards and three touchdowns and added two more scores on the ground. Overall, Dasher accounted for five touchdowns which is the most by a player at Middle Tennessee since Josh Harris had five in 2003 against ULL in overtime. Dasher became the third quarterback under Rick Stockstill to top the 200-yard passing mark.
DEFENSE STEPS UP: After struggling last week with missed tackles, the Middle Tennessee defense turned things around in the win over FIU. The defense gave up a season-low 145 total yards and 6 points, while forcing four turnovers.
ROBINSON GETS NO. 10: Senior Bradley Robinson jumped into the record books with his first interception of the season. Robinson's second quarter pick was the 10th of his career which ties him for sixth all-time at Middle Tennessee. Robinson needs just one more interception to tie Jimbo Pearson for fifth.
WHAT A QUARTER FOR DASHER: True freshman quarterback Dwight Dasher had quite a debut in his opening conference game as a starter. In the first quarter against FIU, Dasher threw two touchdown passes (the first of his career) and also ran one in from 22 yards out to account for the third score of the period. For the quarter, Dasher completed 6 of 10 passes for 103 yards and added 57 yards on six carries in the rushing department.
A RARITY: Middle Tennessee's safety in the second quarter marked the first safety recorded by the Blue Raiders in the FBS era and the first overall since registering one against Eastern Illinois in 1998. MT got the safety against FIU when punter Chris Cook had a minus 18-yard punt that rolled out of the endzone.
BIG PLAY MCNAIR: Running back DeMarco McNair once again made a big play in the passing game for the Blue Raiders. Against FIU, McNair hauled in a pass and went 71 yards for a touchdown which was the longest TD pass of freshman Dwight Dasher's career. Earlier this season against Louisville, McNair took a pass 78 yards for a score from Joe Craddock and that went down as the longest ever by a running back at MT.
QUICK HITTERS: Junior Anthony Glover made his first collegiate start tonight when he lined up at safety for the Blue Raiders ... OT Franklin Dunbar made his team-best 23rd straight start tonight ... WR Jonathan Grigsby played in his first game since the opener at FAU ... Danny Carmichael recorded his first sack of the season in the first quarter and the second of his career ... The 26 points in the second quarter marked the most points ever scored in a quarter under Rick Stockstill and the 47 points in the first half rank as the second most ever scored in a half since MT turned I-A in 1999 ... MT went to 6-1 all-time in SBC home openers and 2-0 under Rick Stockstill.
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