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Grammar throws 25-yard TD pass in 3rd OT to lift Middle Tennessee over Western Kentucky 50-47

  • Western Kentucky wide receiver Antwane Grant leaves the field after Western Kentucky lost to Middle Tennessee 50-47 in triple overtime in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Western Kentucky wide receiver Antwane Grant leaves the field after Western Kentucky lost to Middle Tennessee 50-47 in triple overtime in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Middle Tennessee wide receiver Ed'Marques Batties (80) celebrates after scoring the game-winning touchdown against Western Kentucky on a 25-yard pass in the third overtime period in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Middle Tennessee won 50-47. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Middle Tennessee wide receiver Ed'Marques Batties (80) celebrates after scoring the game-winning touchdown against Western Kentucky on a 25-yard pass in the third overtime period in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Middle Tennessee won 50-47. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Middle Tennessee wide receiver Ed'Marques Batties (80) scores the game-winning touchdown on a 25-yard pass against Western Kentucky during the third overtime period in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Middle Tennessee won 50-47 in triple overtime. Defending for Western Kentucky is defensive back Ricardo Singh (38). (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Middle Tennessee wide receiver Ed'Marques Batties (80) scores the game-winning touchdown on a 25-yard pass against Western Kentucky during the third overtime period in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Middle Tennessee won 50-47 in triple overtime. Defending for Western Kentucky is defensive back Ricardo Singh (38). (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Austin Grammar threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ed'Marques Batties in the third overtime to give Middle Tennessee a 50-47 win over Western Kentucky in the conference opener for both schools on Saturday night.

Grammar ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first overtime. The teams traded field goals in the second OT. The Hilltoppers' Garrett Schwettman made his fourth field goal, a 27-yarder, in the third overtime before Grammar's game-winning strike.

Grammar threw for 218 yards, and ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns. His 59-yard touchdown run gave the Blue Raiders (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) an early 7-0 lead, and he ran for an 11-yard score to tie it at 24 at halftime.

Schwettman's 24-yard field goal with 20 seconds sent it to overtime tied at 34.

Brandon Doughty was 43 of 66 for a career-best 593 yards and threw four touchdown passes for Western Kentucky (1-2).