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Middle Tennessee State kicks off 2021-22 Bowl season with a win

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders defeated the Toledo Rockets in the Bahamas Bowl. The Blue Raiders won 31-24 over the Rockets at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.

With the win, the Blue Raiders improved to 7-6 overall. The loss dropped the Rockets to 7-6, as well.

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders running back Frank Peasant carries the football against the Toledo Rockets in the 2021 Bahamas Bowl
Frank Peasant carries the football against the Toledo Rockets in the 2021 Bahamas Bowl (Photo by Middle Tennessee State Football/Instagram)

This was the seventh edition of the game in the Bahamas. The game kicked off the 2021-22 Bowl season.

Blue Raiders quarterback Nick Vattiato went 23 of 35 for 270 yards. He also had two touchdown passes.

Frank Peasant led the backs with 15 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown. Jarrin Pierce had four receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown reception.

Rockets quarterback Dequan Finn went 18 of 39 for 212 yards. He had two touchdown passes and one interception.

Bryant Koback had 26 carries for 126 yards. Matt Landers had four receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Middle Tennessee State put together a big second half to get the win. They outscored the Rockets 17-7 in the second half.

Mike DiLiello scored on a 17-yard rushing touchdown. Vattiato also hit Pierce for a 59-yard touchdown reception.

Zeke Rankin also made a 35-yard field goal.

Rockets’ Finn hit DeMeer Blankumsee for a 13-yard touchdown reception.

The Rockets led 17-14 at halftime. Finn scored on a 40-yard rushing touchdown.

Finn also hit Landers for a 90-yard touchdown reception. Thomas Cluckey also made a 32-yard field goal.

Blue Raiders’ Vattiato hit Yusuf Ali for a six-yard touchdown reception. Peasant scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.

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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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