September 07, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State6013726
Middle Tennessee010142145
Scoring
1st Quarter
TSUTD05:34ROWLAND 96 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA missed kick)
2nd Quarter
MTFG11:09HOLT 30 Yd
MTTD04:05ENGLAND-CHISOLM 80 Yd Pass From O'HARA (HOLT kick)
3rd Quarter
MTTD12:47LEE 22 Yd Pass From O'HARA (HOLT kick)
TSUTD07:27ROWLAND 60 Yd Pass From HUGHES (ZITA kick)
MTTD03:48PIERCE 30 Yd Pass From O'HARA (HOLT kick)
TSUTD01:00CORBIN 2 Yd Run
4th Quarter
MTTD14:17MOBLEY 1 Yd Run (HOLT kick)
TSUTD10:10ROBERSON 26 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
MTTD05:16WINDHAM 28 Yd Pass From O'HARA (HOLT kick)
MTTD01:29MOBLEY 38 Yd Run (HOLT kick)
Stats at a GlanceTSUMT
1st Downs2231
3rd Down Conversions7-164-7
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)259 (21-33) 367 (22-30)
Rushing (Att)207 (42) 237 (28)
Total Yards466604
Penalties10-605-57
Turnovers22
Fumbles Lost01
Interceptions21
Possession35:4824:12
Tigers Fall in First Road Game at MTSU, 45-26
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Tigers Fall in First Road Game at MTSU, 45-26
Photo by Sam Jordan

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Game 2: Tennessee State 26, Middle Tennessee 45
Records: TSU (1-1), MT (1-1)
Venue: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Weather: Sunny, 85
Kickoff Time: 6:05 p.m.
Game Duration: 3:17
Attendance: 20,912

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State Tiger football team closed its second week with a 45-26 road loss at in-state rival Middle Tennessee on saturday night.

Chris Rowland led the Tigers in receiving yards, breaking his career-high 179 yards from last year’s matchup at Austin Peay by 23, finishing the night with 202 receiving yards on 11 carries.

TSU’s leader Cameron Rosendahl passed for 159 yards on 14-24 completion and one touchdown. Relieving Rosendahl for a quarter, Micheal Hughes saw the field for the first time this season, registering 7-8 completions on 100 yards and one touchdown handoff to DeMarco Corbin.

After a scoreless second quarter, redshirt junior Nick Harper Jr. caught his first career interception, returning the ball to the second-yard line, allowing the Tigers to put points on the board early in the second half.

On the defensive side of the ball, Ronnie Killings and Terry Straughter combined for 15 tackles, Killings also marking the night with a breakup.

TOTALS

  • Middle Tennessee outgained TSU in total yards, 604-466
  • The Tigers ran a ballanced offense, gaining 259 yards through the air and 207 on the ground
  • The defense surrendered 367 passing yards and 237 yards rushing
  • The Tigers ran 75 plays, averaging 6.2 yards per play, half a yard better than week one against MVSU
  • TSU collected 22 first downs, opposed to 31 by MT
  • TSU won the Time of Possession battle, 35:48-24:12
  • The Tigers finished only 1-of-3 in Red Zone Scoring Chances
  • The Big Blue was tagged with 10 penalties for 60 yards
  • The defense produced five tackles for loss, including one sack.
  • The Tigers forced two turnovers, one fumble and one interception.

INDIVIDUAL

  • Chris Rowland caught 11 passes for the second week in a row.
  • Rowland set a new career high for receiving yards, amassing 202 while scoring two touchdowns.
  • Rowland's scoring plays went for 96 and 60 yards.
  • Cameron Rosendahl completed 14-of-24 passes for 159 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
  • Micheal Hughes finished 7-of-8 for 100 yards and a touchdown.
  • Steven Newbold caught four passes for 55 yards.
  • Te'kendrick Roberson led the Tigers with 20 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown.
  • Roberson scoring run of 26 yards came in the fourth quarter.
  • Seth Rowland added 96 yards on 11 rushes.
  • DeMarco Corbin earned his first touchdown of the season with a two yard blast.
  • Kaleb Mosley finished with a 40.4 average on five punts, including a 57 yarder and two inside the 20.
  • Mosley had five kickoffs for 303 yards, averaging 60.6 yards, and three touchbacks.
  • Terry Straughter and Ronnie Killins led the defense with seven stops, both recording six solos.
  • Jahsun Bryant, Mekhi Brown, Justin Culpepper, Emmanuel Olenga and Rhashaun Epting each recorded a tackle for loss.
  • Olenga was credited with the lone sack of the night for either team.
  • Ray Coggins forced a fumble, giving Dante' Ferguson Jr. a recovery.
  • Nick Harper Jr. intercepted a pass in the third quarter, returning the ball 15 yards.
  • Olenga produced three quarterback hurries, while Allen Daniels and Ferguson each recorded one.
  • Killings and Harper each registered pass breakups. 

FIRST QUARTER

  • The Tigers moved 65 yards on 13 plays on their first possession.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson carried five times for 24 yards helping establish the run game.
  • Cameron Rosendahl completed 3-of-4 passes, including a 29 yard pass to Steven Newbold.
  • The Tigers would try a fake field goal from the Blue Raiders eight yard line, but the Chris Rowland pass attempt was intercepted in the end zone.
  • After a defensive stop, TSU began its second drive from its own 20.
  • The Big Blue found themselves in a 3rd & 26 from the four yard line.
  • Rosendahl swung a pass to Chris Rowland who made two defenders miss and outran the MT defenders 96 yards for a touchdown.
  • The Blue Raiders blocked the Antonio Zita point after touchdown attempt to keep the score at 6-0 with 5:34 on the clock.
  • MT used a 32 yard kickoff return and a pair of big pass plays to move down to the Tigers 35.
  • On the second pass play, Ray Coggins stripped the MT receiver, allowing Dante’ Ferguson to pounce on the ball.
  • The two teams would trade a pair of possessions to close out the quarter.
  • The Tigers outgained MT 165-78 and held on to the ball for 11:20.

SECOND QUARTER

  • The stanza opened with the Blue Raiders completing a 12 play, 55 yard drive with a 30 yard field goal to cut the lead in half, 6-3 with 11:09 remaining in the half.
  • The Tigers embarked on their own lengthy drive beginning on the five and moving 83 yards on 12 plays, using up close to seven minutes.
  • Roberson opened the drive with a 10 yard run.
  • Rosendahl continued to move the offense, finding Newbold for a 12 yard pass play to the 30.
  • Seth Rowland picked up six yards on his first carry of the season and followed up with a 38 yard dash.
  • The Tigers were forced to attempt a 46 yard field goal, which was blocked by the Blue Raiders.
  • A leaping call on Middle Tennessee gave the Tigers new life.
  • Three plays later, Rosendahl was intercepted in the end zone.
  • MT responded with an 80 yard bomb from Asher O’Hara to DJ England-Chisolm on the first play after the turnover.
  • The big play by the Blue Raiders helped the home squad outgain TSU 173-109 in the second quarter.

THIRD QUARTER

  • Middle Tennessee opened fast to start the second half using two plays to move 53 yards to the Tigers 22.
  • A tackle for loss by Mekhi Brown set up the Blue Raiders with a 3rd & 10.
  • On the next play, O’Hara was chased by Emmanuel Olenga before scrambling right, where he then found Ty Lee in the back of the end zone for a touchdown and a 17-6 lead.
  • Micheal Hughes entered at quarterback on the first Tigers series of the second half.
  • Roberson opened the drive with runs of 13 and seven yards.
  • Hughes followed by completing his first pass of the season, a seven yarder to Chris Rowland.
  • The recently entered quarterback called his own number, gaining one yard on a fourth and one at midfield.
  • Three plays later, Hughes dumped off a pass in the middle of the field to Chris Rowland.
  • The senior wide out broke six tackles before out running another for a 60 yard touchdown.
  • The Blue Raiders needed just seven plays to answer with a scoring pass of their own to extend the lead to 24-13 with 3:48 on the clock.
  • The Tigers were unable to respond, but used a 42 yard punt by Kaleb Mosley to force the Blue Raiders to start from their own 15.
  • After a holding call against Middle Tennessee, Rhashaun Epting recorded his first sack as a Tiger just outside of the goal line.
  • On the next play, Nick Harper, Jr. hauled in a tipped pass and returned the interception 15 yards to the two.
  • The Tigers scored one play later as DeMarco Corbin pounded the ball in for a two-yard touchdown.
  • The Tigers attempt for two fell short, making the score 24-19.
  • MT outgained TSU 190-96 in the third stanza.

FOURTH QUARTER

  • MT needed just three plays to move 28 yards to close out a drive that began at the end of the third to take a 31-19 lead.
  • The Tigers fought back on the next drive, moving back to within five points after a Roberson 26-yard touchdown run.
  • Roberson rushed for 31 yards on three touches, while Seth Rowland had two carries for 14 yards on the drive.
  • The Tigers would not get any closer as MT added a pair of touchdowns over the final six minutes to produce the 45-26 final.

NOTES

  • Weather at kickoff was Sunny, 85, 42 percent humidity, wind 8 mph
  • Official start time was 6:05 p.m.
  • Chris Rowland's 96-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the second longest in TSU history.
  • Rowland's career best 202 receiving yards, is also the 12th best performance for a receiver in TSU history.
  • This marks the third-consecutive year the Tigers have held their FBS opponents scoreless in the first quarter.
  • Nick Harper, Jr. registered his first career interception, which resulted in a Tiger touchdown late in the third quarter.
  • This serves as the 20th meeting between Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee.
  • Tennessee State trails 11-9 all-time versus MT.
  • The two squads faced each other 11 times while the Blue Raiders were members of the Ohio Valley Conference.
  • This is the first meeting since a 28-27 MT victory in 1998.
  • TSU has faced FBS opponents for the past four seasons and are 1-3 with its 17-10 win over Georgia State in 2017.
  • Game was broadcasted on ESPN3

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Tigers head to Memphis to face Jackson State in the Southern Heritage Classic on Saturday, Sept. 14.

QUOTES
Head Coach Rod Reed
- On the rivalry with MT

“It’s been a long time since we’ve played. I would love for them to come to Nashville. I think that Coach Stockstill runs a great program down here. That was a tough football team tonight. We didn’t come down here expecting to play well, we came down here expecting to win, and I think we gave ourselves an opportunity to do that in the first half. No excuses, but we played without two of our better corners tonight - Dajour Nesbeth and Domonique Williams did not play tonight. You saw we had some busts in the secondary, and they had some wide open receivers, but like I told the team we made them earn it. We gave them everything we’ve got, but we gave them a couple gifts. If we don’t give them those two gifts with wide open receivers in the end zone, and we can sack the quarterback one or two times, we got ourselves a ballgame. Their quarterback was the difference in this game. Ten was the difference in this game. Hands down.”

- On the play of Seth and Chris Rowland
“They gave us the same thing they always give us - they’re hard nosed guys. Both of those kids are hard nosed. Seth didn’t get very many opportunities last week, and I told him ‘Just be ready. When your time comes, be ready to go,’ and he did a really good job tonight running the ball inside the tackles. Chris, you just have to get the ball in his hands; the guy is electric. If you get the ball in his hands something good is going to happen 80 percent of the time, so we have to continue to do that. I thought [Steve] Newbold did a really good job of catching the ball tonight. We moved the ball with great efficiency tonight, and I’m proud of our football team.”

- On the balance of their play
“I have to look at the stats on it, but I think that we were balanced and kept them off guard a little bit with the bubble screens and getting the ball out quick. Cam [Rosendahl] got banged up a little bit, so we had to go to Mike [Hughes] in the second half. Then Mike got banged up, so we had to go back with Cam, so right now we’ve got to get those guys well, and make sure we can be ready for next week.”

- On renewing the rivalry between MT and TSU
“These [fans] are going to come out. They love Tennessee State football. Hopefully we’re going to get better and better each week. Hopefully you guys will see a better product next week when we play Jackson State. I thought we made a huge improvement from last week to this week. I know we still have a couple penalties, but I was overall pleased with the way we played tonight, except for giving up big plays.”

Senior running back Seth Rowland
- On his 36-yard drive
“I wasn’t expecting to go in that drive. I ran in with my helmet off. They called a power play and I ran straight up the middle, got about eight yards. They called another run. I ran it right down the middle like I practiced it in practice. The linemen opened that hole for me and I took off running. It felt great to actually get out there and do my thing.”

- On the running backs
“The running backs did great today. Te’Kendrick Roberson, hats off to him, he was running that thing. DeMarco also did his thing, he ran a nice touchdown in. Shawn did his thing and Jordan did his on kickoff. I’m proud of all of them. I think we work really hard. We stepped up today. We’ll be back next week for Jackson State.”

Senior Defensive End Dante’ Ferguson
- On the defensive effort
“We came out in the first half explosive. It just came down to missed tackles and missed assignments. Like Coach Reed, we only gave up three big plays until the fourth quarter. A lot of those were missed assignments, missed tackles and not keeping up with the quarterback. Their quarterback was good, hats off to him, but we should’ve kept up with him.”

- On down starting corners
“Well Coach Fisher has a saying, ‘Next man up.’ It was hard losing Dajour Nesbeth and Domonique Williams, but next man up. Neiman and Nick Harper had to grow up, and I felt like they did. Especially, Nick Harper who got a pick, almost a pick-6. Comes to a point in time when you have to keep pushing on.”

- On the energy after the pick
“There was just a change of pace and a momentum switch. It shifted. We were in it and were close, but it felt like we had the momentum to pull away. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out how we wanted.”

- On next week
“Looking forward to next week. We play SHC. It’s always a great game to go to in Memphis. A lot of people, great crowd and atmosphere. I’m just excited to get out there and get after Jackson State.” 

Senior Defensive End Mekhi Brown
- On the defensive effort
“We played good the first half. The second half could’ve been better. We didn’t lock in as much towards the end of the fourth quarter. We can’t have that.”

- On having a few one’s out and the second-strings stepping up
“I feel like the guys did very well at the beginning of the game, we just have to finish better.”

- On this week compared to last week
“It’s better competition, I think we played hard. They’re a beautiful team, we just gave them three touchdowns.”

Sophomore Cornerback Ray Coggins
- On how the team played
“We had a few mistakes, but Coach Fisher’s defense is pretty much a perfect defense, we just have to execute as a team.”

- On the difference in the team compared to last week
“This week we watched more film on the team we played, but they came out in different formations that we haven’t seen before. We’re going to get it fixed.”

- On the feeling on the field after the pick
“We were excited. We knew we were back in the game and just needed to get another stop.”

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