MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — It was supposed to a big night in ‘the ‘Boro’ for the hometown Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders with an ESPN2 crew and a 5-1 Marshall team coming to town last Friday night.
It turned out to be a big disappointment instead as the visiting Thundering Herd left town with a 38-10 romp.
It was the Blue Raiders’ annual ‘Blackout’ game, but it turned into a black eye for the team and its school on the national scene with only 13,412 fans on-hand – many of them pulling for Marshall – to see the 3-4 Blue Raiders sputter in another loss.
Marshall, on the other hand, improved to 6-1 and became bowl eligible with the win for the sixth time in eight seasons under Doc Holliday. Leading 7-3 after the first quarter, they seized control of the game in a span of less than two minutes early in the second quarter on a 17-yard interception return by Artis Johnson and 9-yard touchdown run by Keion Davis. Suddenly it was 21-3, and the Herd never looked back.
The Blue Raiders fell to 2-5 with the loss and have mostly been dreadful since losing quarterback Brent Stockstill to injury following a big win at Syracuse in September. They’ll take a week off before playing back-to-back games against two of major college football’s worst teams – the winless UTEP Miners (0-7) and the Charlotte ’49ers (1-7).
Marshall, meanwhile, returns home this weekend to host FIU.
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