By Ryan Nelson (@TheRyanNelson_)Just a day removed from Thanksgiving — the holiday where gluttony isn’t considered rude or uncivilized, but expected — it was only fitting for our Conference USA finale to give college football fans more than their fair share of feasting.First QuarterMany wondered if Middle Tennessee State could rediscover their offensive prowess with backup QB John Urzua at the helm. Watching the opening Blue Raider drive alone, there was no evidence of a change in fortune for the MTSU offense.Florida Atlantic’s defense forced a quick three and out. The Owls’ offense then wasted no time in finding the end zone. FAU QB Jason Driskel found WR Nate Terry from 13 yards out to put the Owls up 7-0 early in the first quarter.The ensuing offensive explosion was more befitting of the Blue Raiders prior to the injury of starting MTSU QB Brent Stockstill.MTSU WR Richie James beat a defender downfield to take a beautiful Urzua dime to the house for a 49-yard score to tie things up.James, the Sarasota, FL, native, was only showing a flash of what was to come. On the following MTSU possession, James lined up in the wildcat formation and found a crease in the defense for 16-yard TD scamper.With just over a minute left to go, MTSU RB I’Tavius Mathers cutback for a 44-yard score to give the Blue Raiders a 21-7 lead.Second QuarterUrzua was on the sideline with an injury, which allowed James to relive his days as a quarterback in high school. James, once again, lined up in the backfield, and took the snap to the house. This time, slicing a visibly gassed Owls defense for an 11-yard TD run to give MTSU a 28-7 lead on Senior Day.Despite being figuratively punched in the mouth early on, the Owls refused to quit. Devin “Motor” Singletary

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