Whatley, Middle Tennessee beat UAB 34-22
Middle Tennessee (5-3, 4-1 Conference USA) entered the fourth quarter trailing 22-21 but Whatley's 67-yard touchdown gave the Blue Raiders the lead for good.
Austin Grammer, who came into the game completing 72.7 percent of his passes in conference play, completed just 6 of 19 passes, but threw for a pair of touchdowns, the last of which put the game out of reach with 2:08 to play.
Jordan Howard ran for 121 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries for UAB (4-3, 2-2).
The teams combined for 101 rushing attempts.