MTSU and Southern Miss also pull upsets

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Northern Illinois posted the first upset over an automatic-qualifying team in Week 3, and Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss quickly followed suit.

Middle Tennessee defeated Maryland 32-31 and Southern Miss defeated Virginia 37-34. Both non-AQ teams had to come from behind for their wins.

MTSU kicker Alan Gendreau hit a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give the Blue Raiders the one-point win. It was the second consecutive week a Sun Belt kicker hit a field goal as time expired to give his team a win over an automatic-qualifying team.

This is the second consecutive season Middle Tennessee has defeated Maryland. Last year, the Blue Raiders won 24-14.

Southern Miss backup running back Tory Harrison had a 57-yard touchdown run with 8 minutes remaining to cap a comeback from a 34-17 deficit.

Southern Miss is 3-0 for the first time since 2004.