November 17, 20181st2nd3rd4th1OT Final
UTM03715328
Tennessee State012310631
Scoring
2nd Quarter
TSUFG08:22ZITA 34 Yd
TSUSAF05:05TEAM
TSUTD04:21JOHNSON 47 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)
UTMFG00:00COURTRIGHT 19 Yd
3rd Quarter
TSUFG07:48ZITA 22 Yd
UTMTD06:24MOORE 75 Yd Pass From BACHUS (COURTRIGHT kick)
4th Quarter
TSUFG13:24ZITA 27 Yd
UTMTD09:54MOORE 32 Yd Pass From BACHUS
TSUTD07:33JOHNSON 28 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)
UTMTD00:10HOWARD 43 Yd Pass From BACHUS (COURTRIGHT kick)
1OT
UTMFG15:00COURTRIGHT 20 Yd
TSUTD15:00JOHNSON 4 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL
Stats at a GlanceUTMTSU
1st Downs1819
3rd Down Conversions9-195-15
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Passing (Comp-Att)354 (29-47) 170 (15-22)
Rushing (Att)74 (30) 89 (47)
Total Yards428259
Penalties11-1009-60
Turnovers10
Fumbles Lost00
Interceptions10
Possession27:1432:46
Tigers to Host UT Martin on Senior Day
Friday, November 16, 2018
Tigers to Host UT Martin on Senior Day

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Game 11: Tennessee State (3-5, 2-4) vs. UT Martin (2-8, 2-5)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Stadium: William J. Hale Stadium (15,000)
Time: 2:00 p.m. CT
TV: ESPN+
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

Series Information: This will be the 28th meeting between the two teams. TSU leads the series, 16-11. The first contest was held in 1976 as UTM came away with a 26-21 victory. The Tigers came back the following year for their first win with a convincing 55-7 decision. The Big Blue won nine straight contests from 1996-94. The Tigers snapped the Skyhawks two game win streak in 2016 with a 34-30 win at Hale Stadium. TSU's last win over the Skyhawks on the road came in 2013, 29-15. Tennessee State has not lost more than two consecutive games to UTM.

Last Meeting: The #20 Tigers dropped a 31-16 road contest at #24 UT Martin. UT Martin sprinted out to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter. The Tigers responded with 16 unanswered points to trim the Skyhawks’ edge down to 24-16 with 9:10 left in the third. UT Martin answered with a touchdown late in the third for the final score. TSU’s defense was led by Justin North’s 11 tackles, including five solos. Vincent Sellers and Chris Collins added eight tackles apiece. TSU quarterback Treon Harris rushed for a third-quarter touchdown. DeVon Johnson returned a kickoff 96 yards in the second quarter for a score.

Head Coach Rod Reed is in his ninth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 52-47 record. Coach Reed earned his 50th victory against Bethune-Cookman and became just the third coach in Tiger history to reach the milestone. John Merritt tops the list with 174 victories in his 20 years (1963-83) for a .806 winning percentage (174-35-7), while Harry Kean spent 10 years in charge of TSU from 1944-54 and compiled a 93-15-3 record (.838). The Big Blue is 8-1 in season openers under Reed, including a 17-10 win at FBS opponent Georgia State in 2017. The lone opening day loss came at the hands of Bethune-Cookman, 12-9, at the 2013 John Merritt Classic.

Tennessee State fell in its return to Hale Stadium with a 41-14 decision to No. 8 Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks scored 21 points in the first quarter and used two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Jeremiah Caine recorded three tackles, all behind the line of scrimmage, including two sacks. LaQuarius Cook led the defense with nine tackles. Caine tops the Big Blue with 7.0 tackles for loss and is tied with Mekhi Brown with 4.0 sacks. Cook is third on the team with 44 tackles, behind squad leader Dajour Nesbeth with 50 and Blair Edwards with 48. The Tigers averaged 7.7 yards per carry as they out rushed JSU, 178-148. Shawn McColley entered in the second quarter due to an injury and led all rushers with 93 yards on seven touches. McColley averaged 13.3 yards per run, including his first collegiate touchdown which covered 70 yards. Te’kendrick Roberson crossed the goal line for the first time as a Tiger on a 58 yard jaunt. Roberson carried 10 times for 68 yards and continues to lead TSU with 492 yards on the season. The offense enters the final week of play ranked 19th in the nation averaging 454.1 yards per game. Chris Rowland is fifth in FCS play with 7.7 receptions per game and 12th with 101.6 receiving yards/game. Rowland has pulled in 54 receptions for 711 yards and five touchdowns. Micheal Hughes has completed 62 percent of his passes, going 122-of-196 for 1.405 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions.

UT Martin earned a 38-13 win over Tennessee Tech, moving to 2-0 in the race for the Sgt. York Trophy. Tennessee State enters at 1-1 and trying to force a three way tie with the Skyhawks and Austin Peay, who sits at 2-1. Dresser Win leads UTM offensively, completing 154 of 234 passes for 1,601 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The running attack is led by LaDarius Galloway who has amassed 510 yards on 123 carries. Galloway has scored five touchdowns and has added another two through the air, catching 20 passes for 218 yards. The Skyhawks top targets have been Terry Williams, Jaylon Moore and Devonte Howard.  Williams, despite starting just two games, has a team high 63 receptions for 685 yards and three touchdowns. Moore leads UTM with six receiving touchdowns and has pulled down 44 passes for 619 yards, while Howard has caught 36 balls for 335 yards and two scores. The defense is led by James Gilleyen and Kevin Prather, Jr. Gilleyen has 78 stops, 36 solo, 9.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries. Prather has totaled 69 tackles in eight games and has been a pass rushing threat with 4.0 sacks, eight hurries and 13.5 tackles for loss.

Last 10 Results:
2017 - UT Martin 31, Tennessee State 16
2016 - Tennessee State 34, UT Martin 30
2015 - UT Martin 28, Tennessee State 14
2014 - UT Martin 21, Tennessee State 16
2013 - Tennessee State 29, UT Martin 15
2012 - UT Martin 35, Tennessee State 26
2011 - Tennessee State 35, UT Martin 30
2010 - UT Martin 37, Tennessee State 0
2009 - UT Martin 28, Tennessee State 7
2008 - Tennessee State 37, UT Martin 20

TV: ESPN+. Howard Gentry, Jr. will provide play-by-play and Derick Fleming brings analysis.

Radio: 102.1 FM will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst), Gary Dawson (sideline) and Craig Ladd (Scoreboard). Pregame will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Quotes:
TSU HEAD COACH ROD REED
(on the Jacksonville State game)
“We got behind the eight ball real quick against Jacksonville State. Congrats to Coach Grass on getting his fifth (OVC) championship there. When you play good teams like that, you can’t get behind early and we did not play well defensively. I think we kind of woke up in the second half and we were able to keep their offense from scoring, but they were able to get two pick-sixes. We had two redzone turnovers where I thought we could have put ourselves right back in the game. There were some clock management issues. We have to stop self-inflicting wounds to ourselves in situations. Mike (Hughes) has to do a better job of protecting the football, and we have to do a better job of putting him in position to make plays in the redzone. All in all, I thought our team played hard against a very good football team.”

(on the tough season and dealing with adversity)
“It’s been a really, really tough deal emotionally for the team, as well as physically. We’ve played several games without some key players. I’ve never been through a season quite like this, but you have to play the hand that’s dealt to you in this game. You’ve had to see some young guys see a lot of playing time. Terry Straughter has filled in at linebacker. We lost Sunny Malone at the beginning of the season at linebacker so we were thin there. It’s just been injury after injury after injury. Those are things that you can’t control, but what you can control is the attitude of your team. I don’t think our team has quit one time this season. I think we’ve always played hard and put forth a good effort.”

(on UT Martin)
“It’s going to be a physical game. It always is when we play. They get in multiple fronts and they’re very physical up front. Their linebackers play well, then in the secondary they have some tall, long, athletic guys back there that can play some man coverage. It’s going to be a tough out for us. We’ve done a good job all year of game planning and we just need to execute and control the clock.”

UTM HEAD COACH JASON SIMPSON
(on the win over Tennessee Tech)
“Obviously it’s good to get back on the winning track. Senior Day for us, so it was good to celebrate in the locker room. A lot of hard-fought games with those guys. We were able to get off to a good start up 21-0 and then give Tennessee Tech credit. They fought back and flipped the momentum. To be able to score right before half was big for us.”

(on what a win in the season finale would mean)
“It’s the next one, and I’d be proud of these guys no doubt. You’re looking for any goals you can reach. Some of it was out of our kids’ control, some of it was. To get a victory to go into the offseason on the road, to get three conference wins, all those things would certainly be positive. We’re going to work as hard as we can this week and put the healthy bodies out there and coach as hard as we can and play as hard as we can."

(on the defense)
“They played well the week before against Jacksonville State. Seven of those 21 points were on the offense with a pick-six. To be able to compete and give us the lead at 14-13 against Jacksonville State the week before was certainly a really good job by our defense. You go back to the Eastern Illinois week, and we lose that one in overtime. Our defense only gave up 14 points in that game. We’ve certainly had three or four weeks where our defense has played really, really well.”

OFFENSIVE TACKLE CHIDI OKEKE
(On preparing for final game)
“I want to do the same thing I do every week. I need to work on my craft and keep the same process every day, every week. This is going to be our final game, so we will have to bring everything we have. We are going to try and win our last game. We have to win. Especially the seniors, so we are going to lock in and do what we need to do.”

(On blocking for four 50-plus yard runs over the last two weeks)
“We are proud of ourselves. Every time we go back to the locker room we know that we fought. We are happy for the running backs and that we made the running lane for them. It is a nice feeling coming back to the sidelines and talking about the play.”

WIDE RECEIVER DEVON JOHNSON
(On final game at TSU)
“I want to finish out with a win, a big win. I want us to execute and dominate, from the running backs to the receivers and the o-line.”

(On football)
“I love the game of football. That is all I put my effort into these days. Hopefully this is not my last football game and I am looking forward to the future.”

DEFENSIVE TACKLE JEREMIAH CAINE
(On final game)
“It’s all about finishing strong. A win to end the season is going to boost us heading into next year. It’s all about pride, at the end of the day, its pride.”

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