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Middle Tennessee drops contest at BYU

Barber records career-high 15 stops in loss

September 28, 2013 · @MTAthletics

PROVO, Utah - Middle Tennessee could not sustain a first quarter lead, as BYU scored 30 unanswered points to take a 37-10 victory over the Blue Raiders on Friday evening at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The Raiders (3-2) held a 10-7 edge at the end of the first quarter. However, BYU used 16 points in the second quarter and added 14 in the third to improve to 2-2 on the season.

The Cougars compiled 486 yards of total offense, limiting MT to just 212 total yards. Despite Middle Tennessee's defense forcing five BYU turnovers, the Cougars' ran 309 yards on the ground. MT rushed for 107, while passing for 105 yards.

For the fifth game this season, T.T. Barber led the Blue Raider defense in total stops. The sophomore linebacker had a career-best 15 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, a sack and a forced fumble. Sammy Seamster had two fumble recoveries, while Kevin Byard collected his sixth career interception on Friday evening.

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Redshirt senior quarterback Logan Kilgore completed 13-of-31 passes for 82 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Kilgore moved into second all-time in school history with 42 career touchdown passes, surpassing MT legend Teddy Morris.

QB Austin Grammer also saw action late in the game, completing all three pass attempts for 23 yards and rushing three times for 18 yards. Reggie Whatley led MT's rushing corps with 11 carries for 40 yards, while wide receiver Marcus Henry had three grabs for 28 yards and a touchdown.

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MT used good field position on its' opening possession and took a 3-0 lead after a 42-yard field goal by Cody Clark. On the kick, BYU used a 90-yard return from Adam Hine to setup a 12-yard touchdown by Taysom Hill to put the Cougars up 7-3 with 10 minutes left in the first quarter.

Another BYU muffed return, this time on a punt, allowed Seamster to recover his first career fumble. That recovery would make way for a 16-yard touchdown from Kilgore to Henry to help MT regain a 10-7 edge at the end of the first quarter.

Dearco Nolan recovered a fumble in the second quarter thanks to a force from teammate T.T. Barber, but the Cougars defense forced a safety on the next play to cut the BYU deficit to 10-9.

BYU took the go-ahead lead as Hill scrambled 50 yards for a TD with seven minutes left in the second quarter. The Cougars took a 23-10 lead into the locker room by scoring a touchdown on seven plays and 67 yards in 1:27.

Offensively, BYU outgained MT 277 total yards to 123 in the opening frame. The Cougars rushed for 181 yards with 142 of those coming from the elusive quarterback Hill. Kilgore was 7-of-16 for 46 yards and a touchdown, while Whatley connected on 39 yards in eight rushes.

The Cougars continued their offensive run in the second half, marching down 60 yards to take a 20-point lead early in the third quarter. Late in the quarter, JD Falslev returned a punt 71 yards to give BYU a 37-10 lead.

BYU's Hill completed 14-of-19 passes for 177 yards, while rushing 18 times for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Austin Jorgenson recorded nine stops for the Cougars.

After a two week hiatus from Floyd Stadium, Middle Tennessee returns home to host East Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 5. Kickoff for the Homecoming contest is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and will air on Fox Sports Net.

GAME NOTES

CAPTAINS: Tonight's game captains were Logan Kilgore, Kenneth Gilstrap and Jimmy Staten.

KILGORE ALONE IN 2ND: Quarterback Logan Kilgore's touchdown pass to Marcus Henry in the first quarter was the 42nd of his career. That total broke a tie for second all-time in MT history with Teddy Morris (1962-65). Kilgore now needs eight more to tie the all-time record of 50 currently held by Wes Counts (1998-2001).

BARBER HAS ANOTHER STRONG GAME: Linebacker T.T. Barber continued with his strong play on Friday night by registering a career-high 15 tackles. It marked the third straight game Barber has set a career-best in total tackles. Barber also added two TFLs, a sack, and a forced fumble.

NO. 6: Sophomore Kevin Byard had his second interception of the season and his second in as many games when he hauled in a tipped pass in the fourth quarter. It marked the sixth of his career.

QUICK HITTERS: PK Cody Clark hit a career long 42-yard FG in first quarter ... WR Kyle Griswould made his team-leading 20th straight start today ... Kyle Griswould has now caught at least one pass in 27 straight games which ranks fourth longest in school history ... DT Jimmy Staten, P Josh Davis, and OL Josh Walker all played in their 41st career games which is tops on the team ... Sammy Seamster recorded his first career fumble recovery late in the first quarter ... WR Marcus Henry's first quarter TD catch was his first of the season and second of his career ... T.T. Barber recorded his third career forced fumble ... Xavier Walker registered his first career fumble recovery in the second quarter ... The second quarter safety by BYU was the first against MT since 2011 when WKU had one ... QB Taysom Hill is first player to rush for more than 100 yards against the Blue Raiders this season ... T.T. Barber had his second career sack in the third quarter ... BYU's 71-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter was the first allowed by MT since 2009 when Clemson's Jacoby Ford brought one back 61 yards ... Jimmy Staten had his first career pass deflection in the fourth quarter.

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