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Middle Tennessee beat San Diego State 25-23 in the Hawaii Bowl

Middle Tennessee beat San Diego State 25-23 in the Hawaii Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) — Zeke Rankin made four field goals, including a 37-yarder, with 2:05 left and Middle Tennessee State beat San Diego State 25-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Saturday night.

The Blue Raiders (8-5) overcame a 14-0 first quarter deficit to hold off the Aztecs (7-6) in a game that saw six lead changes.

Rankin made four of five field goal attempts to tie the Hawaii Bowl record for field goals. He hit from 44, 49, 26 and 37 yards and missed from 42.

San Diego State took a 23-22 lead with 5:43 to play on Jack Browning’s 52-yard field goal, but Middle Tennessee State drove 55 yards in 12 plays, capped by Rankin’s 37-yard field goal to put his team ahead for good .

Middle Tennessee State finished with 170 yards of total offense to San Diego’s 364 yards.

The Blue Raiders won despite allowing seven sacks and being held to minus-61 yards.

San Diego State led 14-13 at halftime.





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