BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Reggie Whatley posted a career-high 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Middle Tennessee edged Florida Atlantic 42-35 in overtime on Saturday.
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The Blue Raiders opened overtime with a Logan Kilgore 19-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Griswould and the Middle Tennessee defense intercepted Jaquez Johnson on fourth down to end the game.
The Owls threw two interceptions and lost three fumbles on Saturday.
A 64-yard scoring burst from Whatley following an FAU turnover gave Middle Tennessee a 35-28 lead with 1:32 remaining. But Johnson found Lucky Whitehead for a 21-yard touchdown on fourth down with three seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Middle Tennessee's Jordan Parker added 115 yards rushing and a score, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the sixth time in his last eight games.
The Blue Raiders (3-1, 1-0 C-USA) won their Conference USA debut over the Owls (1-3, 0-2 C-USA). Both schools are in their first seasons as members of C-USA after leaving the Sun Belt.