Middle Tennessee tops Florida Atlantic 42-35 in OT

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Reggie Whatley posted a career-high 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Middle Tennessee edged Florida Atlantic 42-35 in overtime on Saturday.

The Blue Raiders opened overtime with a Logan Kilgore 19-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Griswould and the Middle Tennessee defense intercepted Jaquez Johnson on fourth down to end the game.

A 64-yard scoring burst from Whatley following an FAU turnover gave Middle Tennessee a 35-28 lead with 1:32 remaining. But Johnson found Lucky Whitehead for a 21-yard touchdown on fourth down with three seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Middle Tennessee's Jordan Parker added 115 yards rushing and a score, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the sixth time in his last eight games.

The Blue Raiders (3-1, 1-0 C-USA) won their Conference USA debut over the Owls (1-3, 0-2 C-USA). Both schools are in their first seasons as members of C-USA after leaving the Sun Belt.

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