Middle Tennessee wins on final play

Logan Kilgore threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres Jefferson as time expired to give Middle Tennessee a 51-49 victory over Marshall on Thursday night.

Kilgore was 22 of 40 for 277 yards and four touchdowns for the Blue Raiders (4-4, 2-2 Conference USA). Jefferson had seven catches for 91 yards, and Jordan Parker ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

Rakeem Cato was 19 of 35 for 235 yards and three touchdowns for the Thundering Herd (4-3, 2-1). Essray Taliaferro ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

Marshall scored two late touchdowns to take the lead. Kevin Grooms scored on a 1-yard run with 8:17 to go, and Essray Taliaferro put the Thundering Herd up 49-45 with a 2-yard run with 2:29 left.

Kilgore then drove the Blue Raiders 79 yards for the winning score, also completing passes of 24, 14, 5 and 18 yards to Jefferson on the 13-play march.