Stewart was 18-of-23 passing for 222 yards and threw all three of his scores to Brad Rozner, who finished with eight catches for 130 yards. Walter had 15 carries that included a 34-yard touchdown run.
Stewart threw TD passes from the 30 and 18, and his 34-yarder with 14 seconds left in the second quarter gave the Owls (1-9, 1-5 Conference USA) a 31-14 halftime lead.
Asher O'Hara threw for 338 yards and two touchdown passes and ran for another score for Middle Tennessee (3-7, 2-4).
The Blue Raiders fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage but made it close with O'Hara's 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and O'Hara's 20-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Marshall with 3:22 remaining.
On the final drive, Rice converted on third-and-11 and chewed up more than three minutes of clock before punting into the Middle Tennessee end zone with 16 seconds remaining.
Nevada players disciplined for brawl against UNLV
The Mountain West Conference has suspended DB Austin Arnold, DB Daniel Brown and DT Hausia Sekona for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl as a result of their roles in a brawl against UNLV on Nov. 30. In addition, LB Gabriel Sewell is banned for the first half.
New Mexico to pay $825K buyout to Bob Davie
New Mexico will pay former football coach Bob Davie an $825,000 buyout over the next 30 months. School officials said the money for the Davie buyout will come from future game guarantees.
Hugh Freeze receives extension from Liberty
Hugh Freeze has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with bowl-bound Liberty, the school announced Tuesday.
Graziano: Riley would be highly coveted in NFL if he chose to go
Dan Graziano breaks down some prospects - including Lincoln Riley, if he chooses to make himself available - who will be top candidates for upcoming NFL head-coaching openings.
Auburn hires former Arkansas coach Chad Morris as offensive coordinator
Chad Morris, who went 4-18 in two seasons as Arkansas' head coach before being fired last month, has been hired as Auburn's offensive coordinator, the school announced Tuesday.
Army aims for fourth straight win over No. 23 Navy
The 120th installment of the Army-Navy Game on Saturday comes with some added incentive for the No. 23 Midshipmen.