MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Middle Tennessee State University marched their way into the records books with a 77-56 win over Florida Atlantic University.
The 77 points were the most points scored in school history and they came without a quarterback. In the first quarter, Blue Raider quarterback John Urzua left with an upper body injury, leaving MTSU to run the wildcat formation– and it worked.
MTSU had 757 yards of total offense, also a school record, and used Richie James as the emergency quarterback.
James took snaps under center and finished 5-for-6 for 76 yards. He also had 207 yards rushing and 120 yards passing.
He became the sixth player in NCAA history to have 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. James is the first player in Conference USA history to accomplish the feat.
I’Tavius Mathers also performed out of the wildcat formation. He rushed for 213 yards to become MTSU’s single-season record holder for rushing yards.
The defense also stepped up after Urzua went down, with cornerback Jeremy Cutrer recording two interceptions.
MTSU finishes the regular season 8-4.