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  Zeke Rankin kicked four field goals, including a 37-yarder for the go-ahead score with 2:05 left, and Middle Tennessee State beat San Diego State 25-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Saturday night. The Blue Raiders (8-5) overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to turn back the Aztecs (7-6) in a game that featured six lead changes. Rankin converted four of his five field goal attempts to tie the Hawaii Bowl record for field goals. He made kicks from 44, 49, 26 and 37 yards and missed from 42.

San Diego State took a 23-22 lead with 5:43 to play on a 52-yard field goal by Jack Browning, but Middle Tennessee State drove 55 yards in 12 plays, capped by Rankin’s 37-yard field goal to put his team ahead for good. Middle Tennessee State finished with 170 yards of total offense to 364 total yards for San Diego State. The Blue Raiders won despite allowing seven sacks and being held to minus-61 yards rushing. San Diego State led 14-13 at halftime. It was the first meeting between the schools. - Middle Tennessee/AP College Football


Jr/2025 K Zeke RankinMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM: DE: Jordan Ferguson, Middle Tennessee,...Ferguson, a senior, finished the regular season third on the team in tackles with 63 while leading the team in tackles for loss with 16.0 and sacks with 9.0. The Atlanta, Ga., native also added five pass breakups and five hurries. He enters the bowl game needing one more sack to become the school's all-time leader. - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 DT Jordan FergusonMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM: P: Kyle Ulbrich, Middle Tennessee,...Ulbrich, a senior, enjoyed his best season as a Blue Raider in 2022. He led Conference USA and was sixth nationally in punting average with an MTSU single-season record 46.2 yards a punt. Ulbrich also led the league with 26 punts of 50 or more yards. - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 P Kyle UlbrichMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: K: Zeke Rankin, Middle Tennessee,...The following players earned Honorable Mention recognition: QB Chase Cunningham (became just second player in school history to record multiple 400-yard passing games), RB Frank Peasant (led team in rushing and touchdowns scored), WR Jaylin Lane (led team in receiving), TE Izaiah Gathings (led all C-USA tight ends with 53 receptions), OL Jordan Palmer (three-time lineman of the week), DE Zaylin Wood (National Defensive Player of the Week), DT Marley Cook (career year with 9.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks), CB Decorian Patterson (led nation with six interceptions), CB Tra Fluellen (led team with 97 tackles), PK Zeke Rankin (made 12 of 14 field goals, and KR Jaylin Lane (averaged 23.1 yards a return). - Middle Tennessee Football

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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: DB: Tra Fluellen, Middle Tennessee,...Fluellen, a junior, led the team with 97 total tackles to go with 3.0 TFLs, two interceptions and seven pass breakups. Fluellen started all 12 games and led the entire team with 1,007 total snaps. - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2024 SS Tra FluellenMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: OL: Jordan Palmer, Middle Tennessee,...The following players earned Honorable Mention recognition: QB Chase Cunningham (became just second player in school history to record multiple 400-yard passing games), RB Frank Peasant (led team in rushing and touchdowns scored), WR Jaylin Lane (led team in receiving), TE Izaiah Gathings (led all C-USA tight ends with 53 receptions), OL Jordan Palmer (three-time lineman of the week), DE Zaylin Wood (National Defensive Player of the Week), DT Marley Cook (career year with 9.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks), CB Decorian Patterson (led nation with six interceptions), CB Tra Fluellen (led team with 97 tackles), PK Zeke Rankin (made 12 of 14 field goals, and KR Jaylin Lane (averaged 23.1 yards a return). - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 C Jordan PalmerMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: TE: Izaiah Gathings, Middle Tennessee,...The following players earned Honorable Mention recognition: QB Chase Cunningham (became just second player in school history to record multiple 400-yard passing games), RB Frank Peasant (led team in rushing and touchdowns scored), WR Jaylin Lane (led team in receiving), TE Izaiah Gathings (led all C-USA tight ends with 53 receptions), OL Jordan Palmer (three-time lineman of the week), DE Zaylin Wood (National Defensive Player of the Week), DT Marley Cook (career year with 9.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks), CB Decorian Patterson (led nation with six interceptions), CB Tra Fluellen (led team with 97 tackles), PK Zeke Rankin (made 12 of 14 field goals, and KR Jaylin Lane (averaged 23.1 yards a return). - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 TE Izaiah GathingsMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: QB: Chase Cunningham, Middle Tennessee,...The following players earned Honorable Mention recognition: QB Chase Cunningham (became just second player in school history to record multiple 400-yard passing games), RB Frank Peasant (led team in rushing and touchdowns scored), WR Jaylin Lane (led team in receiving), TE Izaiah Gathings (led all C-USA tight ends with 53 receptions), OL Jordan Palmer (three-time lineman of the week), DE Zaylin Wood (National Defensive Player of the Week), DT Marley Cook (career year with 9.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks), CB Decorian Patterson (led nation with six interceptions), CB Tra Fluellen (led team with 97 tackles), PK Zeke Rankin (made 12 of 14 field goals, and KR Jaylin Lane (averaged 23.1 yards a return). - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 QB Chase CunninghamMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM: DB: Teldrick Ross, Middle Tennessee,...Ross, a junior cornerback, turned in a career season for MTSU. The Macon, Ga., native was second on the team with 74 tackles, including 2.0 TFLs and 19 passes defended. His 18 total pass breakups set a new single-season school record. - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2024 CB Teldrick RossMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM: LS: Brody Butler, Middle Tennessee,...Butler, an honorable mention selection in 2020, played a key role in the Blue Raiders having the league's top punter and one of the top field goal kickers in 2022. Butler was perfect on his 119 opportunities. - Middle Tennessee Football

rJr/2025 LS Brody ButlerMiddle Tennessee
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  Middle Tennessee will play San Diego State in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 on the campus of the University of Hawaii after the bowl game was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Blue Raiders (7-5) announced Monday they have accepted an invitation to play in the game after winning four of their last five to become bowl eligible. Middle Tennessee will be playing in its sixth bowl in eight seasons and 10th overall under coach Rick Stockstill. San Diego State (7-5) of the Mountain West Conference won five of its final seven to become bowl eligible. This is the second trip to this bowl for both programs. Middle Tennessee lost 52-35 to Hawaii in 2016, while San Diego State beat Cincinnati 42-7 in 2015. Conference USA teams are 8-4 in the Hawaii Bowl overall. - AP College Football

rSr/2023 DT Jordan FergusonMiddle Tennessee
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  NOV 21 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Middle Tennessee QB Chase Cunningham threw for a career-high 448 yards on a personal-best 40 completions (second most completions in school history) in Middle Tennessee's 49-21 win over Florida Atlantic. Five touchdown passes are the 12th-most in a single game in the country this season and second-most in C-USA and his 40 completions in a game are the sixth-most nationally in 2022. Cunningham set single-game program half records by completing 31-42 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. It was his second 400-yard passing game of his career. - Conference USA Football

rSr/2023 QB Chase CunninghamMiddle Tennessee
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  NOV 21 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Middle Tennessee DB Teldrick Ross finished with seven tackles and a career-high five pass break-ups in Middle Tennessee's 49-21 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday to lift the Blue Raiders to six wins and bowl eligibility. Five pass break-ups in a single game is the most in Conference USA and second-most in the country this season (one shy of the national high this year). - Conference USA Football

rSr/2024 CB Teldrick RossMiddle Tennessee
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  Chase Cunningham threw for a career-high 448 yards with five touchdown passes to lead Middle Tennessee to a 49-21 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. Cunningham completed 40 of 54 passes. Frank Peasant caught two touchdown passes and finished with eight catches for 107 yards. Peasant also had 59 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD run. Jaylin Lane had eight receptions for 95 yards receiving for Middle Tennessee (6-5, 3-4 Conference USA). Defensive end Jordan Ferguson ran 49 yards off a fake punt attempt to the FAU 6, setting up Darius Bracy's 5-yard touchdown run two plays later that stretched the Blue Raiders' lead to 42-21 late in the third quarter. N'Kosi Perry was 19-of-36 passing for 325 yards and threw a 45-yard touchdown pass Jahmal Edrine for FAU (5-6, 4-3). Edrine and Je'Quan Burton combined for nine catches for 203 yards. - Middle Tennessee/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Chase CunninghamMiddle Tennessee
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  Jaiden Credle ran 36 times for 136 yards and touchdown, Justin Lynch scored on a 9-yard run in the closing seconds and Northern Illinois beat Western Michigan 24-21 Wednesday night. Lynch finished with 83 yards rushing on six carries for Northern Illinois (3-7, 2-4 Mid-American Conference). Treyson Bourguet ran for a 16-yard touchdown for Western Michigan (3-7, 2-4) in the first quarter, Sean Tyler added a 3-yard TD run that made it 14-10 just before halftime and Bourguet threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Sambucci that gave the Broncos a 21-17 lead going into the fourth quarter.

After a Western Michigan punt, the Huskies took possession at their own 27 with 3:13 to play and, on the next play from scrimmage, Lynch - the younger brother of NIU All-American and 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch - ripped of a 52-yard run to the 21 followed by runs of 7 and 9 yards before his TD run capped the scoring with 56 seconds left. Western Michigan defensive end Andre Carter was ejected early in the fourth quarter when he was called for his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for spiking the ball after he intercepted a pass in Northern Illinois territory. - Northern Illinois/AP College Football


So/2026 RB Jaiden CredleMiddle Tennessee
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