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Middle Tenn., Idaho Set Record

October 7, 2001

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) _ The busiest person at the Middle Tennessee State-Idaho game might have been the scoreboard operator.

Up and down they went, combining for 1,445 yards _ and that doesn’t count the 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown _ and an NCAA Division I-A record 128 points in MTSU’s 70-58 victory Saturday night.

Middle Tennessee’s Wes Counts threw for 459 yards and six touchdowns. He completed 23 of 28 passes, including 15 in a row at one point. Incredibly, his stats were second best.

In his second college start, the Vandals’ Brian Lindgren completed 49 passes in 71 attempts for 637 yards _ all school records _ with five touchdowns.

``We’ve got to find a way to slow somebody down,″ said Idaho coach Tom Cable, whose team fell to 0-5, 0-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. ``I’ve never seen anything like that before. We just let them score as many points as they wanted to.″

Middle Tennessee won its eighth straight game and improved to 5-0, 3-0.

The teams broke the I-A record of 124 points set in Oklahoma’s 82-42 victory over Colorado in 1980. The I-AA mark is 125 in Sacramento State’s 64-61 victory over Northridge State last season.

The NCAA all-division record is 136 points, set in 1968 when North Park beat North Central 104-32 in a Division II game.

Chris Lacy caught 15 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns for Idaho. MTSU’s Jamison Palmer returned a kickoff 74 yards for a TD in the first quarter.

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