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Blue Raiders Make History In Season Opener

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The Blue Raider Football Team hoists coach, Rick Stockstill, after a victory. (AP Photo) The Blue Raider Football Team hoists coach, Rick Stockstill, after a victory. (AP Photo)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Middle Tennessee State University football team made history Thursday night in its season opener.

The Blue Raiders trounced the Western Carolina Catamounts 45-24 at home.

Jordan Parker ran for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, sparking the Blue Raiders to 28 unanswered points before Richard Sigmon kicked a 21-yard field goal for Western Carolina in the second half. Parker finished with 156 yards on 22 carries, and Logan Kilgore was 12 for 18 and threw one touchdown.

Trailing 31-3, Western Carolina's Troy Mitchell threw two touchdown passes within 11 seconds for the Catamounts. Karnorris Benson caught a 39-yard touchdown, Western Carolina recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and Mitchell found Terryon Robinson from 35 yards out, making it 31-18 at the half. Mitchell was 7 of 15 for 161 yards. 

The game provided a number of firsts for the Blue Raider Football team. It marked a new era in Blue Raider Football as the team made its anticipated debut in Conference USA. It also landed them their first victory against the Catamounts in Floyd Stadium.

The Blue Raiders moved from the Sun Belt to Conference USA after the 2012 season. The team finished second in the conference.

MTSU will next travel to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels on September 7. For more information on the Blue Raiders' schedule, visit their website.

The Catamounts have an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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