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MT vs ULL Postgame Notes

September 29, 2001 · MT Media Relations
MIDDLE TENNESSEE POSTGAME NOTEBOOK
BLUE RAIDERS VS UL-LAFAYETTE RAGIN' CAJUNS
SEPTEMBER 29, 2001; LAFAYETTE, LA

TODAY'S GAME CAPTAINS: Today's game captains for Middle Tennessee were DS Chris Matusek, DE Anthony Hood, RB Jamison Palmer and LB Scotty Brown. This marks the second time this year Brown and Hood have been chosen game captains.

TONIGHT'S WIN WAS ...: the Blue Raiders' seventh straight overall victory, which is their longest streak since 1985 ... their fourth straight road win (longest since 1985).

ANDY EVEN FOR FIRST TIME: Tonight's win over ULL ran head coach Andy McCollum's overall coaching record to 13-13. It marks the first time in his young career that McCollum has reached the .500 plateau.

LEE GOES LONG: RB Reshard Lee registered the longest run from scrimmage by the Blue Raiders this season when he went 60 yards in the second quarter to setup the team's first touchdown. Lee lined up at quarterback and kept the ball for his longest career rush.

LEE RECORDS FIRST 100-YARD GAME: Sophomore RB Reshard Lee turned in his first 100-yard rushing performance against ULL. The Brunswick, GA, native ran for 127 yards on 8 carries. Lee averaged 15.9 yards per carry in the game.

HICKS SCORING UPDATE: Dwone Hicks, the nation's leading scorer entering play today, recorded his 32nd career rushing touchdown when he plunged over from one-yard out in the second quarter. In Hicks' last 15 games, the junior has scored 29 rushing touchdowns, including at least one in four straight outings. Overall, Hicks has registered a total of 36 career touchdowns to rank third all-time.

HANSFORD THE PASSER: For the third time in his career, wide receiver Hansford Johnson threw a touchdown pass when he hit quarterback Wes Counts for an 8-yard score in the second quarter. It was Johnson's first pass of the season and ran his career passing totals to 6-of-8 for 137 yards.

HANSFORD-WES CONNECTION: Hansford Johnson's second quarter TD pass to QB Wes Counts was not the first time the pair have hooked up for a score. Last year at UAB, Johnson hit Counts for a 16-yard score. For his career, Counts has hauled in four catches for 64 yards.

LYNCH FIRST SCORE: OLB Brandon Lynch recorded his first collegiate touchdown tonight when he scooped up a Ragin' Cajun fumble and returned it 50 yards into the endzone. It marked the team's first defensive score of the year.

FIRST PICKS: LB Scotty Brown registered his first collegiate interception when he picked off ULL's Van Cleave in the third quarter and sophomore Wardell Alsup collected his first collegiate pick late in the fourth quarter off of Matt Lane.

YOUELL FINALLY SMELLS ENDZONE: Junior wide receiver David Youell, who is having his best season as a Blue Raider, caught his first collegiate touchdown pass when he hauled in a 34 yarder from Wes Counts in the third quarter against ULL. Youell is coming off his career game where he tallied seven receptions at UL-Monroe.

CALICO STREAK COMES TO END: WR Tyrone Calico's streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one reception came to an end against ULL. Calico had caught at least one pass in every game he has played as a Blue Raider.

COUNTS GETTING CLOSER: With his third quarter touchdown pass tonight, Wes Counts ran his career total to 38. Counts, who has five on the season, needs only three more touchdown passes to equal Teddy Morris' all-time record of 41.

TURNOVERS THE STORY: The outcome of the UL-Lafayette game was determined largely by capitalizing on turnovers. The Blue Raiders committed three turnovers in the game, but ULL was only able to convert them into 3 points. Conversely, the Cajuns turned the ball over four times, leading to 14 points for the Blue Raiders. The biggest turnover play came on a 50-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Brandon Lynch.

QUICK HITTERS: OG Jonathan Barry made his first collegiate start tonight at left guard ... LB Scotty Brown recorded his second sack of the season on ULL's first offensive drive ... QB Wes Counts' streak of 98 consecutive passes without an interception came to an end when ULL lineman Daniel Taylor caught a batted pass in the first quarter ... ULL's field goal in the first quarter tonight marked the first points of the year scored against the Blue Raiders in the first quarter of play ... The Blue Raiders failed to score in the first quarter against ULL, which broke a streak of 14 straight quarters with at least three points scored ... The Blue Raiders are now 2-0 in league play for the first time since 1995 when they were a I-AA program playing in the Ohio Valley Conference ... LB Sheldon Durham recorded his first career fumble recovery when he got one in the fourth quarter against ULL ... The four forced turnovers by the defense tonight was the most by the Blue Raiders since registering five at Connecticut.

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