Scores
R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL

Final

Southern Miss 32

(7-6, 5-3 C-USA)

Middle Tennessee 42

(10-3, 7-1 C-USA)

Coverage: ESPN

8:30 PM ET, December 20, 2009

Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

1 2 3 4 T
USM 14 3 3 1232
MTU 0 14 14 1442

Top Performers

Passing: M. Young (USM) - 271 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 26 CAR, 201 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Brown (USM) - 4 REC, 65 YDS, 2 TD

Dasher runs and throws for two scores as MTSU wraps up best FBS season

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Dwight Dasher got the best of Southern Mississippi -- and topped Vince Young, too.

Dasher ran for 201 yards -- the most by a quarterback in a bowl game -- and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to lead Middle Tennessee to a 42-32 victory over Southern Miss in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Sunday night.

Dasher completed 15 of 25 passes for 162 yards and ran 26 times. He finished the season with 1,175 yards rushing. He broke the quarterback bowl rushing record of 200 yards set by Texas' Young in the 2006 Rose Bowl against Southern California.

Fast Facts

• In its second-ever bowl appearance, Middle Tennessee wins its seventh straight game overall, extending its longest single-season win streak since joining the FBS in 1999.

• The Blue Raiders' Dwight Dasher racked up 201 rush yards, 162 pass yards, and 4 TDs.

• Southern Miss, which has won at least 7 games in 9 straight seasons, failed to reach 8 wins for the 7th time in those nine seasons.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"Obviously, it was difficult stopping him," Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said. "We knew going in that he was a heck of a player, and he showed that tonight. We sent him out a great player. He single-handedly did it against us."

Middle Tennessee (10-3), playing in the second bowl game in school history, concluded its best season since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1999 with a seven-game winning streak and its first bowl victory.

"I've never been part of a team that plays harder than we do," Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill said. "Other teams can't match our intensity, enthusiasm and toughness and that was evident today. We fell behind 14-0 but we never quit."

Southern Miss (7-6) was playing in its eighth straight bowl game and 12th in the last 13 seasons. The Golden Eagles had won their three previous New Orleans Bowls, including an overtime win against Troy last season.

Southern Miss quarterback Martevious Young completed 18 of 34 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.

Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher ran for 78 yards. He finished the season with 1,015 to become the ninth player in major college football to reach 1,000 in all four seasons.

He did it despite a hamstring injury that caused him to sit out one game this season.

With 5,302 yards rushing overall, Fletcher passed Herschel Walker (5,259) and LaDainian Tomlinson (5,263) for eighth on the NCAA's career list.

Southern Miss started strong, scoring on their first possession as Tory Harrison rushed for a 2-yard touchdown. On their second possession, the Golden Eagles stretched the lead to 14-0 on a 24-yard reception by DeAndre Brown.

The Blue Raiders pulled even in the second quarter on an 11-yard reception by Garrett Anders, and -- after Alex Suber intercepted Young's pass on the Southern Miss 12 -- a 9-yard TD catch by Shane Blissard.

Southern Miss held a 17-14 edge at halftime thanks to Daniel Hrapmann's 20-yard field goal as time expired.

Dasher opened the third quarter with a 35-yard touchdown run. When Dasher left briefly with an ankle injury, Brent Burnette capped 76-yard scoring drive with a 23-yard TD pass to Chris McClover.

Hrapmann hit a 38-yard field goal to cut the Blue Raiders lead to eight at 28-20 at the end of three quarters.

Southern Miss had a chance to tie it early in the fourth making it 28-26 on DeAndre's 7 yard TD reception, but the 2-point conversion failed.

Benjamin Cunningham and Dasher ran for touchdowns to put it out of reach for Middle Tennessee.

USM added a final score with 27 seconds left the draw within 10.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
MTU
1st Downs2023
Total Yards394450
Passing271207
Rushing123243
Penalties10-756-63
3rd Down Conversions10-189-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers21
Possession31:4128:19

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Young18/342718.032
Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher15/251626.520

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher17784.6017
Young9242.707
Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dasher262017.7235
Kyles12352.9013

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baptiste411729.3034
Brown46516.3224
Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
McClover45513.8123
Andrews45112.8123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMMTU
TD10:42Tory Harrison 2 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 60
TD06:35DeAndre Brown 24 Yd Pass From Martevious Young (Martevious Young Pass To Deandre Brown For Two-Point Conversion) 140
SECOND QUARTERUSMMTU
TD13:25Garrett Andrews 11 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Alan Gendreau Kick) 147
TD04:41Shane Blissard 9 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1414
FG00:00Daniel Hrapmann 20 Yd 1714
THIRD QUARTERUSMMTU
TD10:12Dwight Dasher 35 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1721
FG07:36Daniel Hrapmann 38 Yd 2021
TD00:00Chris McClover 23 Yd Pass From Brent Burnette (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2028
FOURTH QUARTERUSMMTU
TD06:52DeAndre Brown 7 Yd Pass From Martevious Young (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2628
TD03:14Benjamin Cunningham 2 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2635
TD01:13Dwight Dasher 1 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2642
TD00:27Freddie Parham 33 Yd Pass From Martevious Young (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3242