Blue Raiders Fall in Go Daddy Bowl
Story by. Tyler Bell
MOBILE, ALA. – – After a late season turn around the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders who came in riding a three game winning streak could not stop the Mid-American Conference champion Redhawks from the University of Miami (OH) as the Redhawks pulled away late winning by a final 35-21. After pulling ahead early with a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, the Redhawks tied the game at 14 before halftime. The Redhawks who coming into the game were with tremendous momentum from a five game win streak. The Redhawks who just last season finished 1-11 were looking to make College Football history with a win. The Blue Raiders offense was a tale of two halves. Star Quarterback Dwight Dasher had been stellar all year up until the second half of Thursday night’s game. Dasher threw four interceptions in the second half. He was on fire in the first half, accounting for over 150 yards of total offense, which included a 49-yard touchdown scamper to give MTSU their 14-7 lead. But that
was short-lived as the Redhawks tied the game before halftime arrived. Turnovers plagued MTSU all night as they committed five in total. The Blue Raiders defense couldn’t stay off the field all night due to the offenses inability to keep a drive alive. The Redhawk offense torched the MTSU secondary all night as freshman signal caller Austin Boucher threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns in only his fourth career start. Redhawk running back Thomas Merriweather had a stellar night that went unnoticed as he hit the century mark and scored two touchdowns on the night. Interim head coach Lance Guidry said of his freshman play caller, “He’s a winner. We didn’t know that until he got a chance to actually start and play. Out of high school we thought he was a really good player and a winner, but until you get live bullets, you really don’t know. But he’s done a great job.” Guidry who had the reigns from former head coach Mike Haywood who was hired to be the new Pittsburgh head coach and then ultimately fired after being arrested on felony domestic violence charges, won his first game as a head coach. MTSU finished the season with a record of 6-7 and while the Redhawks finished the season 11-1 capping the best turnaround season in college football history.