Saturday will be a big game for the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (2-1). While the matchup against the Florida Atlantic Owls (1-2) may not seem important, it will be the Blue Raiders’ first Conference USA game. The game will kickoff at noon at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. and will air on CSS.
The Blue Raiders are led by quarterback Logan Kilgore, who ranks in the top 10 in several school records and fourth on the MTSU all-time passing list with 5,291 yards. In his first three games, he has completed just under 62 percent of his 89 passes and has thrown for two touchdowns.
Kyle Griswould and Tavarres Jefferson have been the favorite targets at wide receiver. They have 29 of the 65 completions for 309 yards. Griswould has one receiving touchdown and one punt return for a touchdown in 2013.
Sophomore running back Jordan Parker has been great in 2013. He is rushing for 106 yards per game and has three of the MTSU’s six rushing touchdowns.
The defense has forced six turnovers; five have been on interceptions and one fumble recovery, which was returned for a touchdown. They have combined for 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks through three games.
T.T. Barber has been great on defense. He owns three tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, and a forced fumble. He also leads the team in tackles with 30.
The Florida Atlantic offense has not found a ton of success yet. The quarterback position is a two-man show, with sophomore Jaquez Johnson and freshman Greg Hankerson splitting time. Neither quarterback has been outstanding. Combined they have completed 57 percent of their passes for 398 yards and one touchdown and three interceptions.
The Owls’ ground game has also struggled. Johnson, Hankerson, and senior back Jonathan Wallace have combined for just two touchdowns and have 301 of the team’s 372 rushing yards.
The defense has allowed 585 rushing yards and 532 passing yards in their first three games, but they have been very opportunistic early on. They have caused three turnovers, but two of those have been returned for touchdowns.
Florida Atlantic Notes
- D’Joun Smith was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week after he took an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and forced a fumble against South Florida.
- In just three games, Jaquez Johnson ranks eighth on FAU’s career leaders in passing yards with 248 and could move into sixth at the end of the year.
- Jonathan Wallace is in a tie for seventh place in FAU’s record books with seven career rushing touchdowns.
Middle Tennessee Notes
- In the 2011 match-up against FAU, Logan Kilgore set a school record by completing his first 19 passes.
- Look out for wide receivers Kyle Griswould, who has caught at least one pass in 25 straight games, and Tavarres Jefferson, who has recorded a completion in 16 straight.
- Quarterback Logan Kilgore needs 12 more touchdown passes to break the school record of 50 in a career.