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  Freshman Nick Vattiato threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, including a 59-yard scoring pass to Jarrin Pierce with 6:24 left, and Middle Tennessee beat Toledo 31-24 on Friday in the Bahamas Bowl. Two plays after Toledo's 32-yard punt, Vattiato connected with a wide-open Pierce along the right side for a 28-17 lead. The 59-yard play was the longest completion in Middle Tennessee's bowl history. On Toledo's next possession, quarterback Dequan Finn was pressured by Jordan Ferguson and defensive lineman Zaylin Wood intercepted a tipped pass, leading to a 35-yard field goal for a 31-17 lead.

Toledo got within seven points with 1:08 remaining, but Thomas Cluckey recovered an onside kick to secure it. "Winning a bowl game, you're a champion, you're Bahamas Bowl champion and these seniors, these guys, they can take that with them the rest of their lives ," Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill said after his 101st victory with the program. Pierce caught four passes for 114 yards and Ferguson had a sack to reach nine on the season for Middle Tennessee (7-6), which was a double-digit underdog. Mike DiLiello rushed for 44 yards, including a 17-yard score to put the Blue Raiders ahead for good at 21-17. - Middle Tennessee/AP College Football


(DS#277 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jarrin PierceMiddle Tennessee
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  12/14/21 - DQ ThomasrSr/2022, Middle Tennessee, 6-2, 226 (DS#51 OLB) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB DQ Thomas, Sr., Middle Tennessee,...Thomas, a senior, currently ranks as the school's all-time leader in tackles for loss (51.5) and is tied for third all-time in sacks (20.5). He ended the regular season ranked third on the team with 81 tackles, including 15.5 TFLs, 5.0 sacks, two interceptions, six hurries, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#51 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB DQ ThomasMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DE Jordan Ferguson, RS Jr., Middle Tennessee,...The second team is highlighted by a pair of guys who possessed first team numbers. Defensive end Jordan Ferguson and linebacker DQ Thomas both made the second unit. Ferguson, a Ted Hendricks Award finalist, ended the regular season with new career marks in tackles (55), tackles for loss (15.5), sacks (8.0), hurries (14), forced fumbles (3) and fumble recoveries (2). - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#22 DE) rSr/2023 DE Jordan FergusonMiddle Tennessee
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  12/14/21 - Jaylin LanerSo/2025, Middle Tennessee, 5-08, 174 (DS#98 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): PR Jaylin Lane, Fr., Middle Tennessee,...Lane, another freshman, enters the bowl game leading the nation with a 16.9-yard punt return average and had one returned for a touchdown. Lane is also the team's kickoff returner and one of the top receivers. - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#98 WR) rSo/2025 WR Jaylin LaneMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES) DB: Quincy Riley, RS Fr., Middle Tennessee,...Riley, a redshirt freshman, is tied for second nationally with five interceptions despite playing in just eight games. Riley ended the regular season with 30 tackles, including 4.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, and six pass breakups. - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2025 CB Quincy RileyMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Reed Blankenship, Sr., Middle Tennessee,...Blankenship, a senior, led the Blue Raiders with 106 total tackles to go with a career-best 10.0 TFLs, nine pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Blankenship, the program's all-time leader in tackles, was also a first team pick in 2018. - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#16 FS) rSr/2022 FS Reed BlankenshipMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): DB Deidrick Stanley, Middle Tennessee,...Tight end Jimmy Marshall, defensive back Greg Grate, offensive lineman Jordan Palmer and kick returner Jaylin Lane all earned honorable mention recognition. Marshall led the Blue Raiders in receptions with 45 grabs for 510 yards and six touchdowns, while Grate was second on the team in tackles and had three interceptions. Palmer started all 12 games at center. - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2025 CB Deidrick Stanley IIMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): QB Nicholas Vattiato, Middle Tennessee,...Tight end Jimmy Marshall, defensive back Greg Grate, offensive lineman Jordan Palmer and kick returner Jaylin Lane all earned honorable mention recognition. Marshall led the Blue Raiders in receptions with 45 grabs for 510 yards and six touchdowns, while Grate was second on the team in tackles and had three interceptions. Palmer started all 12 games at center. - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2025 QB Nicholas VattiatoMiddle Tennessee
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  12/14/21 - Jaylin LanerSo/2025, Middle Tennessee, 5-08, 174 (DS#98 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): KR Jaylin Lane, Fr., Middle Tennessee,...Tight end Jimmy Marshall, defensive back Greg Grate, offensive lineman Jordan Palmer and kick returner Jaylin Lane all earned honorable mention recognition. Marshall led the Blue Raiders in receptions with 45 grabs for 510 yards and six touchdowns, while Grate was second on the team in tackles and had three interceptions. Palmer started all 12 games at center. - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#98 WR) rSo/2025 WR Jaylin LaneMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Jordan Palmer, Jr., Middle Tennessee,...Tight end Jimmy Marshall, defensive back Greg Grate, offensive lineman Jordan Palmer and kick returner Jaylin Lane all earned honorable mention recognition. Marshall led the Blue Raiders in receptions with 45 grabs for 510 yards and six touchdowns, while Grate was second on the team in tackles and had three interceptions. Palmer started all 12 games at center. - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#999 C) rSr/2023 C Jordan PalmerMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE Jimmy Marshall, Sr., Middle Tennessee,...Tight end Jimmy Marshall, defensive back Greg Grate, offensive lineman Jordan Palmer and kick returner Jaylin Lane all earned honorable mention recognition. Marshall led the Blue Raiders in receptions with 45 grabs for 510 yards and six touchdowns, while Grate was second on the team in tackles and had three interceptions. Palmer started all 12 games at center. - Middle Tennessee Football

(DS#45 TE) rSr/2022 TE Jimmy MarshallMiddle Tennessee
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  11/27/21 - DQ ThomasrSr/2022, Middle Tennessee, 6-2, 226 (DS#51 OLB) + More +

  Mike DiLiello ran for one touchdown and passed for another and Middle Tennessee scored 24 unanswered points to earn a 27-17 come-from-behind win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday to become bowl eligible. The victory was Rick Stockstill's 100th as head coach of the Blue Raiders (6-6, 4-4 Conference USA). N'Kosi Perry threw two first-half touchdown passes, hitting Je'Quan Burton from 48 yards out and John Mitchell on a 32-yard strike to put Florida Atlantic up 14-0. Morgan Suarez kicked a 23-yard third-quarter field goal to put the Owls up 17-3 with 9:13 left in the third quarter.

DiLiello, who came on in relief of starting quarterback Nick Vattiato and got the Blue Raiders into the end zone, punching over from the 1 to cap a six-play, 75-yard drive, then put them ahead, 21-17 with a 6-yard pass to Zaylin Wood with 4:41 left. The Owls (5-7, 33-5) drove to the Middle Tennessee 22, but Perry was hit by a blitzing DQ Thomas and fumbled. Jordan Ferguson scooped up the loose ball and returned it 71 yards for the game's final touchdown. DiLiello finished 12 of 19 for 131 yards and ran for another 43 to lead the Blue Raiders. Perry finished 32 of 49 for 328 yards and two touchdowns for Florida Atlantic. LaJohntay Wester caught 14 passes for 95 yards. - Middle Tennessee/AP College Football


(DS#51 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB DQ ThomasMiddle Tennessee
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  Nick Vattiato threw two touchdown passes and Middle Tennessee rolled to a 50-10 victory over Florida International on Saturday. Vattiato was 20-of-24 passing for 147 yards with touchdown passes to Jimmy Marshall and Yusuf Ali. Martell Pettaway had 11 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown for Middle Tennessee (5-5, 3-3 Conference USA). Frank Peasant and Jaylin Lane each added a touchdown run. Quincy Riley had a 45-yard pick-6. Pettaway ran untouched along the right sideline for a 57-yard touchdown that stretched the Blue Raiders' lead to 43-3 with about 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Max Bortenschlager was 9-of-20 passing for 68 yards for FIU (1-9, 0-6). Maleek Williams had an 8-yard touchdown run with 6:08 remaining. - Middle Tennessee/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2025 QB Nicholas VattiatoMiddle Tennessee
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  11/03/21 - DQ ThomasrSr/2022, Middle Tennessee, 6-2, 226 (DS#51 OLB) + More +

  NOV 1 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Middle Tennessee LB DQ Thomas scored Middle Tennessee's second defensive touchdown of the game when he picked off a Southern Miss pass and took it 43 yards to the house in the third quarter. It highlighted a monster day for Thomas, who had a team-high 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss, to go with two quarterback hurries and the interception. Thomas played in his 55th career Blue Raider game in the 35-10 win over Southern Miss, which ties Jovante Moffatt (2015-19) for the most games played in school history. - Conference USA Football

(DS#51 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB DQ ThomasMiddle Tennessee
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  Backup quarterback Mike DeLiello ran for 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the Middle Tennessee defense had five takeaways as the Blue Raiders defeated Southern Mississippi 35-10 on Saturday. In addition to DeLiello's touchdown runs of 6 and 14 yards, Middle Tennessee (4-4, 2-2 Conference USA) scored off a blocked punt, a fumble recovery and an interception. The Blue Raiders entered the game tied with Iowa for the national lead with 20 forced turnovers.

DeLiello, who came on in the first quarter for the injured Chase Cunningham (lower body), completed eight of 12 passes for 78 yards. DeLiello had attempted just three passes this season. Trailing 7-0, DeLiello converted a fourth-down pass to DJ England-Chisolm on the way to his 6-yard TD run to knot the score at 7-7. Less than a minute later, Tra Fluellen scooted 18 yards to score after a blocked punt and Middle Tennessee led the rest of the way. Jordan Branch added a 29-yard return of a fumble recovery as the Blue Raiders led 21-7 at halftime. DeLiello added a second touchdown and DQ Thomas a 43-yard interception return for a TD in the second half. Jake Lange threw for 166 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice and sacked seven times for Southern Miss (1-7, 0-4). Frank Gore carried 20 times for 83 yards. - Middle Tennessee/AP College Football


(DS#999 SS) rJr/2024 SS Tra FluellenMiddle Tennessee
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