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Middle Tennessee earns National Team of Week honor with Memphis win

CollegeSportsReport.com recognizes Blue Raiders

October 15, 2007 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's 21-7 win against Memphis in the renewal of a rivalry that had lain dormant since 1954 grabbed attention and headlines throughout the state.

The impact of the win was more far reaching than the state boundary; however, as Middle Tennessee has been named CollegeSportsReport.com Division I-FBS National Team of the Week following the upset of its in-state rival.

The monumental win - Middle Tennessee's first against a Conference USA team - improved the Blue Raiders' record to 4-1 against Division I FBS conference schools (3-0 vs. Vanderbilt,1-0 vs. Memphis, 0-1 vs. Tennessee) since elevating to college football's highest level in 1999.

"This was a good win for our program, a good win over Conference USA and good win for our team because we've been in some close games this year that we haven't been able to pull out," Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill said. "I'm happy for our players and for our school."

CollegeSportsReport.com also recognized Middle Tennessee's team and freshman quarterback Dwight Dasher in the conference portion of its Division I-FBS Weekly Awards.

After earning accommodation of the National Team of the Week, Middle Tennessee was obviously named the Sun Belt's top team for the week and Dasher was named the league's top performer this week in the CollegeSportsReport.com release.

Dasher was remarkable had wowed fans with play in his first three starts at the college level but the rookie signal-caller performed like a veteran in his first road start. Dasher accounted for 410 of Middle Tennessee's 490 yards against Memphis. He threw for 230 yards and a 55-yard pass and rushed for 180 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown that sealed the game in the fourth quarter.

Dasher's 180 yards established a new Blue Raider single-game rushing record for a quarterback, besting former standout Marvin Collier's mark of 172 in 1987.

Middle Tennessee's defense also was a big story in the game. The blue-clad defenders, led by Danny Carmichael and Tavares Jones with seven tackles each, limited Memphis to 248 yards total offense including 20 in the fourth quarter and 65 for the entire second half.

The Blue Raiders return home to face Arkansas State as the Sun Belt Conference race heats up and heads into the home stretch. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m.

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