Cato had to leave the game for a play in the first half after a getting belted on a first-down run near the MTSU goal line. Blake Frohnapfel entered, bobbled a high snap and took a loss, and Cato returned.
Safety D.J. Hunter apparently was knocked briefly unconscious during the final drive. After several minutes, he did walk off the field under his own power.
Running back Steward Butler, who was left home from the Oct. 12 Florida Atlantic trip, was added to the travel roster, as were defensive backs Corie Wilson and Michael Johnson. Johnson changed his number from 24 to 30, as he and Jazz King played on the same special-teams unit.
Butler did not play.
The MTSU band was given a warning not to play as teams were getting ready for a snap.
Football fans here had to make a choice between this game and a much-anticipated high school game 3 miles away. Two 8-0 teams, Oakland and Blackmon, faced off in the consensus game of the week in the state of Tennessee, played before 5,000-plus fans and a local TV audience.
The conflict even split the family of MTSU defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix, whose son, Ty, plays at Oakland.
The attendance was announced at 19,898, but the actual rumps-in-chilly-seats count was about half of that.
A fan apparently jumped off the upper deck of Floyd Stadium, on the side adjacent to the baseball stadium. Paramedics and campus police were quickly on the scene, and the fan reportedly had a broken neck.
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