2012 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team

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2012 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football
Middle Tennessee Athletics logo.svg
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2012 record 8–4 (6–2 Sun Belt)
Head coach Rick Stockstill (7th season)
Offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner
Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix/Steve Ellis
Home stadium Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium
(Capacity: 30,788)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Arkansas State $   7 1         10 3  
Louisiana–Monroe   6 2         8 5  
Middle Tennessee   6 2         8 4  
Louisiana–Lafayette**   4 2         5 4  
WKU   4 4         7 6  
Troy   3 5         5 7  
North Texas   3 5         4 8  
Florida Atlantic   2 6         3 9  
FIU   2 6         3 9  
South Alabama*   1 7         2 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • South Alabama not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of their transition to the FBS.
    **Louisiana–Lafayette vacated 4 wins due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team represented Middle Tennessee State University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by seventh-year head coach Rick Stockstill and played their home games at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, the 2012 season proved to be the last for the Blue Raiders in the Sun Belt Conference; Middle Tennessee had initially announced a move to Conference USA (C-USA) to take effect no later than July 2014, and later announced that the move to C-USA would take effect in July 2013. They finished the season 8–4, 6–2 in Sun Belt play to finish in a three way tie for second place, despite finishing in second place and being two games above bowl eligibility, the Blue Raiders were not invited to a bowl game.

During the Off Season[edit]

Tyrone Nix was named co-defensive coordinator, along with Steve Ellis, and linebackers coach on February 22, 2012.[1] Nix has led nationally ranked defenses at Southern Miss, South Carolina, and Ole Miss. Interim offensive coordinator, Buster Faulkner, was named offensive coordinator in February 2012, during the 2011 season Faulkner took over the play-calling duties the final seven games of the year following the resignation of Willie Simmons. Faulkner’s 2011 offense went on to record the fifth most yards of total offense, complete a record 299 passes, while becoming just the second offense in school history to amass over 3,000 passing yards.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
April 14 1:00 PM Blue-White Spring Game Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN  White 40–17   4,214
Regular Season
August 30 6:30 PM McNeese State* Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPN3 L 21–27   18,690
September 8 6:00 PM Florida Atlantic Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPN3 W 31–17   16,227
September 15 6:00 PM at Memphis* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 48–30   27,113
September 29 12:00 PM at Georgia Tech* Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ACC RSN W 49–28   39,270
October 6 2:30 PM Louisiana–Monroedagger Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN SBN/CSS L 17–31   21,067
October 13 5:00 PM at FIU FIU StadiumMiami, FL W 34–30   15,234
October 20 6:00 PM at No. 16 Mississippi State* Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPN2 L 3–45   55,108
October 27 2:30 PM North Texas Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPN3 W 38–21   14,102
November 1 8:15 PM at WKU Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, KY (100 Miles of Hate) ESPNU W 34–29   17,327
November 17 2:30 PM at South Alabama Ladd Peebles StadiumMobile, AL W 20–12   15,087
November 24 2:30 PM Troy Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN (Battle for the Palladium) ESPN3 W 24–21   18,605
December 1 2:00 PM at Arkansas State Liberty Bank StadiumJonesboro, AR L 0–45   31,243
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Game summaries[edit]

McNeese State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 14 10 3 27
Blue Raiders 3 3 0 15 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Florida Atlantic[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 0 3 14 17
Blue Raiders 0 7 17 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 2011 MTSU, 38–14

@ Memphis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 7 20 14 7 48
Tigers 3 14 6 7 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–8–1 2011 MTSU, 38–31

@ Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 7 14 14 14 49
Yellow Jackets 7 14 0 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2011 GATECH, 49–21

Louisiana–Monroe[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Warhawks 7 10 14 0 31
Blue Raiders 3 0 7 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–4 2011 ULM, 42–14

@ FIU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 3 7 7 17 34
Panthers 6 14 3 7 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3 2011 FIU, 31–18

@ Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 0 3 0 0 3
#16 Bulldogs 10 0 21 14 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 2009 MSU, 27–6

North Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 0 14 7 21
Blue Raiders 17 7 14 0 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–7 2011 UNT, 59–7

@ WKU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 10 7 7 10 34
Hilltoppers 7 10 7 5 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–29–1 2011 WKU, 36–33

@ South Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 7 3 7 3 20
Jaguars 3 3 6 0 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Troy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 7 0 7 7 21
Blue Raiders 10 3 3 8 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–8 2011 TROY, 38–35

@ Arkansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 0 0 0 0 0
Red Wolves 21 14 7 3 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–4 2011 ARST, 45–19

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