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Bowls/ Bowl Superlatives 1956 Refrigerator Bowl Evansville, IN Sam Houston 27, Middle Tennessee 13

FINAL SCORE 1 2 3 4 F

Sam Houston State 7 3 14 3 27 Middle Tennessee 0 7 6 0 13

1960 Tangerine Bowl

Orlando, FL Middle Tennessee 21, Presbyterian 12

Orlando, FL - Before the bewildering eyes of 12,500 (largest crowd ever at the time), and against a well-balanced Presbyterian team, the Blue Raiders galloped far and wide for a 21-12 win in the 14th annual Tangerine Bowl classic. Called by some as the best played bowl game on the New Year’s schedule, the Blue Raiders almost made a rout of it in the first half, but some fancy manuvering by the Blue Hose, kept them in the game. Bucky Pitts scored two touchdowns, one on a beautiful punt return, to pace the Blue Raiders to their first bowl win in school history. Pitts, the little speedster from Fayetteville, had 59 yards in nine rushes to lead a Blue Raider infantry attack that ground out 240 yards. MT built a 14-6 halftime lead then had to stave off a tremendous rally led by Presbyterian quarterback Bob Waters, later of the San Francisco 49ers.

FINAL SCORE 1 2 3 4 F

Middle Tennessee 7 7 0 7 21 Presbyterian 0 6 6 0 12

1961 Tangerine Bowl

Orlando, FL Lamar Tech 21, Middle Tennessee 14

Orlando, FL - Making their second Tangerine Bowl appearance in three seasons, the Blue Raiders fell to another bunch of tough Texans. It was an even battle for nearly the entire game then a freak play decided the issue. A Lamar field goal attempt fell short of the mark but was inadvertently touched by a Blue Raider and a Tech player fell on it in the end zone for a touchdown.

1964 Grantland Rice Bowl Murfreesboro, TN Middle Tennessee 20, Muskingum 0

Murfreesboro, TN - A rugged defense paced the OVC champion Blue Raiders to a 20-0 win in the first Grantland Rice Bowl ever played. The site was MT’s own Horace Jones Field. The Blue Raider defense held Muskingum to only 72 yards in total offense and scored a touchdown on a 99-yard fumble return by end Ray Neal with only 44 seconds left in the game. It also marked the final collegiate game as a player for longtime Blue Raider coach Boots Donnelly. Middle Tennessee opened the scoring in the first quarter when David Petty scored on a 1-yard run to make it 7-0. The teams both went scoreless in the second and third quarter before the Blue Raiders broke it open in the fourth. Teddy Morris ran five yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0 before Neal put up the final points with his intercepted fumble return. Morris finished 10 for 18 in the passing department for 142 yards, while Bob Hlodan paced the ground attack with 110 yards on 19 carries. Hlodan went on to be named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

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Evansville, IN - The Blue Raiders carried an OVC championship and a 7-2 record into the first bowl game in the school’s history, but the occasion was ruined by a powerful Sam Houston team. Led by Little All-American fullback Terry Sweeney, the Blue Raiders amassed 290 yards of total offense but mistakes killed their hopes for a win. The Blue Raiders lost a total of four fumbles while Sam Houston had just one miscue in the hard-fought contest.

Longest Run from Scrimmage: 54 yds; rb Phillip Tanner vs. Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy (TD) Opponent: 26 yds; tb Ontario Sneed, Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Longest Pass Completion: 27 yds; qb Dwight Dasher to wr Desmond Gee vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans; Dasher to wr Sancho McDonald vs Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Opponent: 70 yds; qb Austin Boucher to wr Armond Robinson, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Longest Punt Return: 39 yds; tb Desmond Gee vs. Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Opponent: 44 yds; wr DeMarco Paine, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Longest Kickoff Return: 30 yds; rb Benny Cunningham vs Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Opponent: 39 yds; db Dayonne Nunley, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Longest Interception Return: 12 yds; lb Danny Carmichael vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Opponent: 56 yds; lb Doug Kress, Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City (TD) Longest Punt: 53 yds; Josh Davis vs. Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Opponent: 55 yds; Tony Mikulec, Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Longest Field Goal: none Opponent: 43 yds; Rick Albreski, Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Most Rushing Carries: 26; qb Dwight Dasher vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Opponent: 27; rb Thomas Merriweather, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Most Rushing Yards: 201; qb Dwight Dasher vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Opponent: 100; rb Thomas Merriweather, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Most Rushing TDs: 2; qb Dwight Dasher vs. USM, 2009 New Orleans; rb Phillip Tanner vs Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Opponent: 2; rb Thomas Merriweather, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Most Passing Attempts: 37; qb Clint Marks vs. Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Opponent: 35; qb Austin Boucher, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Most Passing Completions: 25; qb Clint Marks vs. Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Opponent: 22; qb Austin Boucher, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Most Passing Yards: 251; qb Clint Marks vs. Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Opponent: 289; qb Austin Boucher, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Most Touchdown Passes Thrown: 2, qb Dwight Dasher vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Opponent: 3, qb Martevious Young, Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Most Receptions: 9; tb Desmond Gee vs. Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Opponent: 7; wr Nick Harwell, MIami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Most Receiving Yards: 86; wr Jonathon Grigsby vs Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Opponent: 117; fl Gerald Baptiste, Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Most Receiving Touchdowns: 1; wr Chris McClover, wr Shane Blissard, wr Garrett Andrews vs. USM, 2009 New Orleans Opponent: 2, wr DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Most Yards Total Offense: 363; qb Dwight Dasher vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Opponent: 295; qb Martevious Young, Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Most Points: 12; qb Dwight Dasher vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans; rb Phillip Tanner vs Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Opponent: 12, by three players Most Field Goals Made: none Opponent: 2; Daniel Hrapmann, Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Most Tackles: 10; s Kevin Brown vs. Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Opponent: 13; lb Jerrell Wedge, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Most INT: 1; db Alex Suber and lb Danny Carmichael vs. USM, 2009 New Orleans; s Kevin Brown vs MIami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Opponent: 1, by five players Most Interception Return Yards: 12; lb Danny Carmichael vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Opponent: 56; lb Doug Kress, Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Most Kickoff Return Yards: 66; wr Desmond Gee vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Opponent: 67; wr Freddie Parham, Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans Most Punt Return Yards: 39; tb Desmond Gee vs. Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City Opponent: 56; wr DeMarco Paine, Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Best Punting Average: 40.2 yds; Josh Davis vs. Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy Opponent: 47.0 yds; Tony Mikulec, Central Michigan, 2006 Motor City 100-yard rushing performances: Dwight Dasher (201 yds. vs. Southern Miss, 2009 New Orleans) Opponent: rb Thomas Merriweather vs Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy 300-yard passing performances: none Opponent: none Blocked Kicks: dt Derrek Upshaw vs. Miami, OH, 2011 GoDaddy (FG) Opponent: none Blocked Punts: none Opponent: none Miscellaneous Touchdowns: none (blocked punts returned, fumbles returned, blocked field goals return) Opponent: none

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