Blue Raider rushing attack too much for Hilltoppers

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Joel German is taken to the ground by the MTSU defense during the WKU vs MTSU game on Sept. 13, 2014. Nick Wagner/HERALD

Elliott Pratt

Before Saturday night’s contest, MTSU sophomore quarterback Austin Grammer had rushed for just 33 yards in two games. Against WKU, the quarterback ran for a career-best 125 yards and a personal best three touchdowns that included the games first score on a 59-yard run.

Outside of Grammer, the three-headed rushing attack of MTSU gashed the WKU defense for 323 total yards on the ground. Reggie Whately ran for 77 yards on 15 carries, Shane Tucker added 13 carries for 67 yards and Jeremiah Bryson added 34 yards on five carries.

“The thing about Middle Tennessee is they really run the ball really well with four receivers,” Holt said. “We have to spread out to respect the receivers out there and they do a really good job of running with just five down linemen blocking and one running back. That’s what really killed us.”