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Game 11: Tennessee State (6-4, 3-3) vs. Southeast Missouri (3-7, 3-4)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Venue: Houck Stadium
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM The Light
The Series: This is the 24th meeting with the Tigers holding a 12-11 advantage. The teams first met in 1991, with SEMO earning a 37-34 win. The Tigers gained their first win in the series a year later (1992), 37-27. The Redhawks earned the next three wins, before the Tigers went on a five game win streak. SEMO won the last meeting, in 2014, 28-21, snapping a three game run by the Tigers.
Last Meeting: Tennessee State trailed by three scores in the first half and could not mount a comeback, falling at Southeast Missouri 28-21. Mike German finished the day 34-of-59 for 362 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Chris Sanders-McCollum caught nine passes for 104 yards. Just before halftime, Stephen Hopkins plunged in from two yards out to make the score 17-7. Trailing 28-14, TSU marched 73 yards down the field in 11 plays with German finding Weldon Garlington on a two-yard strike to make the score 28-21. The Tigers last gasp ended as German was picked off, ending the Tigers’ rally. TSU outgained Southeast Missouri, 505-360. The Big Blue missed three field goals. German passed for 362 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Thrasher had a game-high 16 tackles. Lennies McFerren rushed for a game-high 115 yards and a touchdown for SEMO.
Head Coach: Rod Reed is in his seventh season at the helm of the Tigers. During his time at TSU, he has compiled a 42-38 record, including a 34-23 mark since 2012. Reed is 21-30 in Ohio Valley Conference play and is 3-2 versus Southeast Missouri, 0-2 in Cape Girardeau.
Tennessee State: Tennessee State dropped a 44-16 contest to Tennessee Tech. TSU shared the Sgt. York Trophy with TTU and UT Martin. Lane Clark kicked his fourth 50-plus yard field goal of the season, connecting from 55 yards out for the second longest field goal in TSU history. Clark holds the record with a 57-yarder earlier in the season. Steven Newbold pulled in five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Newbold is a nominee for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in the FCS. The wide receiver ranks ninth nationally in yards per reception at 19.42. Quarterback Ronald Butler accounted for 233 yards of total offense and a touchdown; he ranks 24th nationally in points responsible for (14.6/game).
Scouting Southeast Missouri: Southeast Missouri enters at 3-7 and 3-4 in OVC play under third year head coach Tom Matukewicz. SEMO lost at UT Martin, 24-10, a week ago. Freshman Kristian Wilkerson finished with four catches for 131 yards in the loss. Wilkerson ranks second nationally in yardage/reception (21.63). Punter Alex Knight is sixth in the nation averaging 44.0 yards per punt. Senior Roper Garrett leads the team with 79 tackles. Kendall Donnerson has a team-high 12.5 tackles-for-loss and shares the team lead in sacks (4.0) with Chad Meredith. The Redhawks, is sixth nationally in kick returns (24.6 yards/return) and 15th in red zone defense (72.7%).
Radio: 102.1 FM The Light will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst) and Gary Dawson (sideline). Pregame will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT.