Middle Tennessee State tops Arkansas State in Camellia Bowl

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Camellia Bowl Stability isn’t all that Blake Anderson brings to Arkansas State

It was yet another high-scoring affair in the fourth edition of the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

It's just the fourth bowl win in Middle Tennessee State program history and only their second since the 1964 season.

The first quarter of Saturday's Raycom Media Camellia Bowl featured an wonderful interception by Arkansas State's Justin Clifton.

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Middle Tennessee State took the lead near the middle of the first quarter and never looked back. Stockstill finished with 232 yards in the air on 19 completions and two touchdowns.

The Blue Raiders (7-6) ran out most of the final five minutes with a series of short passes from Stockstill after losing much of an 18-point lead over the Red Wolves (7-5). Middle Tennessee 35, Arkansas State 30.

The Red Wolves had cut a 28-10 deficit down to 35-30 on Justice Hansen's 41-yard touchdown pass to Christian Booker with 5:03 left. I realize now of the betting trends favor the Blue Raiders, who are actually just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games versus the Red Wolves.

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Stockstill then swiftly gave the Blue Raiders a bigger cushion with a pair of big plays.

Middle Tennessee held a special graduation ceremony for five football players during Camellia Bowl week in Montgomery. From that point on it was up to the defense.

Hansen completed 31 of 57 passes for 337 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. At around the 15-yard-line, Clifton was stripped of the ball, but as it bounced all over the field, it ended up in the end zone, where Arkansas State recovered it.

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Arkansas State seemed to have the statistical advantage in almost every major category to end the game (total yards and passing yards) and both teams were even with three turnovers each, but the scoreboard favored Middle Tennessee in the end.

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