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Around the Nation: Middle Tennessee State edges Missouri

Middle Tennessee receiver Richie James carries the ball after catching a pass and running it in for a touchdown. (L.G. Patterson / Associated Press)
Middle Tennessee receiver Richie James carries the ball after catching a pass and running it in for a touchdown. (L.G. Patterson / Associated Press)
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The first time Missouri played Middle Tennessee State was Sept. 20, 2003, when the Tigers narrowly defeated the Blue Raiders 41-40 in overtime.

After Saturday, new memories of Middle Tennessee State will likely occupy fans thoughts.

The Blue Raiders (5-2) spoiled Missouri’s 105th homecoming, defeating the Tigers (2-5) 51-45 in Columbia, Missouri.

It’s the most points Missouri has ever scored in a loss.

“I’m frustrated that we didn’t win the football game,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said. “We played very poorly.”

Brent Stockstill was 23 of 41 for 280 yards and four touchdowns, and added 70 yards rushing on seven carries as the Blue Raiders amassed 584 yards of offense, including 300 rushing yards.

Northwestern 24, Indiana 14: Quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns and the resurgent Wildcats (4-3, 3-1) bolted to an early lead then coasted past the Hoosiers (3-4, 1-3) in Evanston, Illinois, for their third straight victory.

Syracuse 28, BC 20: Eric Dungey threw three touchdown passes, Ervin Phillips had a pair of scores and Syracuse (4-4, 2-2) beat host Boston College, sending the Eagles (3-4, 0-4) to their 12th straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

Kansas St. 24, Texas 21: Jesse Ertz ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, Kansas State (4-3, 2-2) held Texas running back D’Onta Foreman in check and the Wildcats held on to beat the Longhorns (3-4, 1-3) in Manhattan, Kansas.

North Texas 35, Army 18: Jeffrey Wilson rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns and North Texas (4-3, 2-1) beat Army (4-3, 2-1) on a wet day in West Point, New York.

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