Postgame Notes from TSU GameSeptember 8, 2001 · MT Media Relations
- The Blue Raiders are 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 1990.
- Middle Tennessee has now won seven in a row at Floyd Stadium and are 9-2 at home under Andy McCollum. l Dating back to last season, the Blue Raiders have now won five straight games. That ranks as their longest win streak since 1994 when the Blue Raiders won five in a row.
- The Blue Raiders are now 19-4 in their last 23 home openers and are a perfect 3-0 under Andy McCollum.
- With 54 points tonight, the Blue Raiders have now topped the 40-point mark in seven of 11 home games under Andy McCollum.
- QB Wes Counts' first quarter touchdown pass to Kendall Newson was the first of the season for the left-hander and the 34th of his career. Counts, who ranks third all-time in TD passes, now needs just three more TD strikes to pass Kelly Holcomb for second and eight more to become the school's career leader (Teddy Morris 41).
- With 641 total yards of offense tonight, the Blue Raiders have topped the 600-yard mark in back-to-back games for the first time in school history. The Blue Raiders amassed 608 yards last week. The 641 yards of total offense was the second most in school history for a single game.
- Middle Tennessee's six quarterback sacks tonight rank as the most under Andy McCollum.
- WR Kendall Newson's first quarter TD reception was the 15th of his career and his first of the 2001 season. Newson needs one more TD reception to tie George Dykes and G.E. McCormack for third place on the career TD receptions list.
- Defensive end Anthony Hood recorded a career best two sacks tonight against Troy State. Hood matched his 2000 total of two sacks in tonight's game against the Trojans.
- Kendall Newson and Tyrone Calico both extended their receptions streaks tonight against TSU. Newson ran his streak to 34 straight games with at least one reception, while Calico moved his to 24.
- Dwone Hicks' two touchdown runs tonight were the fifth and sixth of the season and the 27th and 28th of his career. His 28 rushing touchdowns rank third on the all-time list.
- Dwone Hicks' second quarter touchdown reception was the third of his career. All three receiving scores have come at home (2 vs South Florida in 2000).
- Dwone Hicks now has 31 career total touchdown scores to rank third on the all-time list at Middle Tennessee. Hicks, who entered tonight's game tied for the nation's lead in scoring, surpassed Gerald Anderson for third place with his second quarter TD reception.
- WR Kerry Wright's first career reception came in dramatic fashion. The sophomore hauled in a diving 26 yarder in the second quarter.
- Reshard Lee's 80-yard kickoff return in the second quarter was the longest of his career and the longest by a Blue Raider since Sulecio Sanford brought one back for 99 yards at Illinois in 1998.
- With two touchdowns tonight, sophomore Don Calloway has now scored nine for his career. In the Blue Raiders' last two home games, Calloway has scored five touchdowns.
- WR Kerry Wright had a career best 49-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
- RB Jamison Palmer received his first carry in the third quarter against TSU since being hurt at Illinois in the season opener last year and made the most of his opportunity. Palmer took the 4th down carry 37 yards for a touchdown, which was his 10th career score.
- DB Jykine Bradley picked off his sixth and seventh career passes tonight.
- WR Hashem Joyner hauled in his first career reception tonight against the Trojans and it covered 69 yards.
- In Dwone Hicks' last nine games he has scored three or more touchdowns five times.
- Ten different receivers caught passes today for the Blue Raiders.
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