The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders have been a highlight machine lately.
Last weekend, the team knocked off No. 25 Miami in a big upset. Friday night, the Blue Raiders came up big again, literally, when 276-pound defensive lineman Jordan Branch intercepted a University of Texas at San Antonio pass and rumbled in for a 37-yard pick six.
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) October 1, 2022
Branch, a redshirt junior from Maury City, Tennessee, is officially listed as 6-foot and 276 pounds, but he sure didn’t look like it on that play.
Those watching college football Friday night fired away on Twitter to celebrate Branch’s play.
“TOUCHDOWN! PICK 6! JORDAN BRANCH! I DON’T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW,” Sam Doughton tweeted in flaming all caps as if he’d just seen a play akin to the “Immaculate Reception.” Or the infamous “Butt Punt.”
TOUCHDOWN! PICK 6! JORDAN BRANCH!
I DON'T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW
— Sam Doughton (@sjdoughton) October 1, 2022
I ❤️ big man interceptions https://t.co/7hJ7bnDHY1
— Cody (@new_orleansjazz) October 1, 2022
STILL LOOK LIKE AN RB TO ME https://t.co/C1hmLKRsWv
— skeeb (@RobbieRowe10) October 1, 2022
MTSU…oh MY! 👀 https://t.co/B85yg2Tpt6
— 𝒮𝓌𝑒𝑒𝓉 𝒶𝓈 𝒮𝑜𝒹𝒶 𝒫𝑜𝓅🍒 (@laurnie234) October 1, 2022
We've got ourselves a ball game 👀
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) October 1, 2022
The best part of the play? Branch stiff-arming UTSA quarterback Frank Harris out of the way to get into the end zone.
Despite Branch’s score, the Blue Raiders (3-2) fell to the Roadrunners, 45-30.