Murray turns tables on UTM

Murray turns tables on UTM
Murray turns tables on UTM
MURRAY — Murray State got somewhat even on Saturday night.
The Racers, who had lost their previous five meetings with UT Martin by a collective 279-130 margin, extracted a measure of revenge with a 52-16 drubbing of the Skyhawks.
“We’ve been putting up big numbers against Murray the past few years and turnabout is fair play,” UTM skipper Jason Simpson said afterward. “I have to take my hat off to Chris (Hatcher) and his staff. We’d been rushing for 214 yards a game and they had been averaging 22. That certainly changed tonight.
“They did a great job and dominated us.”
All totaled, the Racers (1-3, 1-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play) finished with 443 yards of total offense, while UT Martin — which bested preseason league favorite Eastern Illinois last week — ended the game with 291 positive yards.
Those numbers are much closer than they were at halftime when Murray State held a 325-152 advantage in terms of total offense.
The Racers, who scored the game’s first 21 points, were ahead 42-14 at intermission.
For the evening, freshman Dean Wathen was one of the few bright spots for the Skyhawks (1-3, 1-1 in OVC play) with two blocked punts that led to a total of nine points.
His first punt block was picked up by Erick Daniel and taken three yards to paydirt just prior to halftime.
In the fourth quarter, Wathen’s second punt block resulted in a safety as UT Martin senior Aaron Carney recorded the tackle in the endzone.
“That’s about the only positive thing I can think of on special teams,” Simpson said after Saturday’s defeat. “We almost had two touchdowns and it was the closest we came to building any momentum.”
While on the subject of special teams, it should be noted that Obion Central product Austin Hopper saw time on the UT Martin punt team.
Hopper also logged minutes on the defensive line late in Saturday’s contest.
Offensively, Jeff Ehrhardt paced Murray State from his quarterback post, passing at a 16-for-28 clip with two touchdowns and 158 yards.
Casey Brockman, who finished a perfect 8-for-8 for 64 yards, also saw time under center for the Racers.
Additionally, MSU running back Marshyl Rothman tossed a perfect halfback pass to Casey Brockman for a 10-yard touchdown.
UT Martin quarterback Derek Carr, who prepped at McKenzie, was 20-for-39 with one touchdown pass and two interceptions.
For the year, Carr has thrown two touchdown passes and been picked off nine times.
The Skyhawks return to action on Thursday at Cookeville against Tennessee Tech.
“It’s never any fun to lose the Saturday before a Thursday game,” Simpson said. “We have to try to have practice and cram as much in as we can. We have to identify and correct as many problems as we can before we load up on Wednesday to go to Cookeville.”
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