Middle Tennessee poured it on in the second quarter, scoring 31 unanswered points to enter the half up 31-10.
- The Blue Raiders piled up 246 total yards (to Western’s 101) in the first half, and their 28 second-quarter points tied a record under MTSU coach Rick Stockstill set last season against North Texas. But 36 of the Toppers’ yards came on a late scramble by sophomore quarterback Kawaun Jakes, and a touchdown reception by senior receiver Jake Gaebler on the final play of the half tacked on 42 more.
- Western is leading the time of possession battle by five minutes over MTSU, the strongest sign of the Blue Raiders’ ease of scoring. MTSU’s longest scoring drive lasted three minutes, 28 seconds, but the other five drives each lasted less than three minutes.
- MTSU senior receiver Patrick Honeycutt has three receptions for 49 yards, all of which came on third down. The Blue Raiders are four-of-seven on third down, with the Toppers three-of-nine.
- Following the opening field goal drive, Western committed penalties on the next three kick returns. The only player profiting from the Toppers’ poor field position is senior punter Jeremy Moore, who punted five times for 203 yards in the first half.