October 12, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Murray State71401031
Tennessee State730717
Scoring
1st Quarter
TSUTD04:33ROBERSON 5 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
MURTD01:48SAPPINGTON 11 Yd Pass From RICE (WEBBER kick)
2nd Quarter
MURTD11:19SANCHIOUS 5 Yd Pass From RICE (WEBBER kick)
TSUFG02:52ZITA 39 Yd
MURTD00:16BROOKS 37 Yd Pass From RICE (WEBBER kick)
4th Quarter
MURFG14:55WEBBER 41 Yd
TSUTD12:57ROBERSON 3 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
MURTD02:27MCCRAY 58 Yd Run (WEBBER kick)
Stats at a GlanceMURTSU
1st Downs3124
3rd Down Conversions5-148-13
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Passing (Comp-Att)271 (24-44) 312 (26-43)
Rushing (Att)232 (39) 108 (32)
Total Yards503420
Penalties10-1055-50
Turnovers15
Fumbles Lost02
Interceptions13
Possession29:3830:22
Turnovers Costly for Tigers in OVC Home Opener
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Turnovers Costly for Tigers in OVC Home Opener

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Game 7:
 Tennessee State 17, Murray State 31
Records: TSU (1-6, 0-3), MSU (4-3, 2-1)
Venue: William J. Hale Stadium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Weather: Sunny, 58
Kickoff Time: 2:04 p.m CT
Game Duration: 3:26
Attendance: 5,324

NASHVILLE ---  Turnovers cost the Tennessee State Tigers football team a win in its Ohio Valley Conference home opener, as the Murray State Racers travel home with a 31-17 victory over Big Blue Saturday afternoon. 

Redshirt freshman Josh Green took charge of the defense as the Orlando native led the game with 11 tackles, and caught his first career interception. Tackle Justin Culpepper registered his career-high seven tackles, one for a three-yard loss, and posted two quarterback hurries. Raymond Horton posted the sole sack of the night. 

Te'Kendrick Roberson notched the two Tennessee State touchdowns, marking his career high, finishing the night with 80 yards on 18 carries. 

Cameron Rosendahl led the Tiger offense completing 26 passes, 14 to Chris Rowland, who set the single-game reception record, entered the career receiving yards top 10 with 2,162 yards (9th), tied Lawrence Segree (4th) for career receptions and surpassed eight former Tigers to rank third in single season receptions with 70. 

Antonio Zita marked the night with his 25th career field goal, tying with Larry Watkins (1978-81) for fifth place. 

TOTALS

  • Tennessee State was outgained by Murray State 503-420 in total yards.
  • The Tigers produced 312 yards through the air and 108 on the ground.
  • The defense surrendered 232 rushing yards and 271 yards passing.
  • The Tigers averaged 5.6 yards per play.
  • MSU collected 31 first downs, while TSU totaled 24.
  • The Tigers edged out the Racers in Time of Possession, 30:22-29:38.
  • The Tigers was 2-of-4 in Red Zone opportunities, while MSU was 2-for-2.
  • The Big Blue committed five penalties for 50 yards.
  • The defense produced six tackles for loss, including one sack.
  • The Tigers were 8-of-13 on third down conversions, while MSU was 5-of-14. 

INDIVIDUAL

  • Chris Rowland totaled 214 all purpose yards, amassing over 200 yards for the fifth time this season.
  • Rowland caught a program record 14 passes for 146 yards, added five yards rushing, eight on punt returns and 55 on kickoff returns.
  • The senior entered the day outside of the top 10 of the TSU single season receptions list and ended the game number three with 70 catches.
  • Rowland also entered the single season receiving yards list jumping into a tie for sixth with Juan Hall (1996) at 1,021 yards.
  • Rowland leaped over Mike Jones (934 in 1980), Patrick Smith (966 in 2016), Mike Jones (979 in 1982) and Patrick Smith (996 in 2015).
  • Steven Newbold brought down seven receptions for 87 yards.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson led all rushers with 76 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
  • Cameron Rosendahl completed 26-of-43 passes for 312 yards and was picked off three times.
  • Antonio Zita scored five points with a 39 yard field goal and two PATs.
  • Freshman Roderick Smith, filling in for Kaleb Mosley, averaged 41.0 yards on three punts for 123 yards, including a long of 44.
  • The game was the first action the punter has seen this season.
  • Josh Green led all defensive players with 11 tackles.
  • Green made seven solo stops and recorded the first interception of his career.
  • Justin Culpepper followed with seven tackles, five solo, 1.0 for loss and had two quarterback hurries.
  • Dante’ Ferguson Jr. registered 1.5 tackles for loss while Raymond Horton earned a sack.
  • Nick Harper Jr. and Kenyon Garlington each finished with two pass breakups. 

FIRST QUARTER

  • The teams traded defensive stops with Murray State pinning Tennessee State at their own three yard line.
  • The Tigers proceeded to embark on the longest drive of the season, traveling 97 yards.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson would get TSU out of the shadows of its goal post with a 16 yard carry to open the drive.
  • The drive continued with a pair of completed passes from Cameron Rosendahl to Chris Rowland, just ahead of a Roberson 14 yard run.
  • The Big Blue crossed into Racer territory on a 14 yard pass play from Rosendahl to Seth Rowland.
  • The big play came on a 23 yard connection from Rosendahl to Phillip Brown, moving down to the Murray State five.
  • Two plays later, Roberson crossed the goal line from five yards to give TSU a 7-0.
  • MSU responded on the next possession, going 75 yards on eight plays to even the score at 7-7.
  • Murray State outgained TSU 113-96 in the first quarter. 

SECOND QUARTER

  • The second stanza began with the completion of an 11 play, 66 yard scoring drive for the Racers.
  • A five yard touchdown pass gave MSU a 14-7 advantage with 11:19 remaining in the half.
  • The Tiger defense stood tall on the next Racer drive as Raymond Horton recorded a sack to bring an end to the series.
  • The Tigers started at their own six yard line and used Roberson on three carries to move to out to the 19.
  • TSU crossed midfield on the following play as Steven Newbold hauled in a 32 yard pass from Rosendahl.
  • The drive ended with a 39 yard field goal by Antonio Zita to cut the lead to 14-10.
  • The Tigers would get the ball back on the first career interception by redshirt freshman Josh Green with 1:33 before the half.
  • Rosendahl teamed with Chris Rowland on three consecutive passes, but a fumble on the final play gave the Racers the ball back at Murray State 46 with 55 seconds to work with.
  • MSU made the Big Blue pay with a 37 yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds remaining on the clock to take a 21-10 lead.
  • Murray State outgained TSU 154-112. 

THIRD QUARTER

  • The Tiger defense tried to set the pace for the second half as Jahsun Bryant and Dante’ Ferguson Jr. teamed for a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Justin Culpepper followed with a quarterback hurry to help force a punt.
  • The two squads traded stops, which gave the ball to the Tigers at the 12.
  • Newbold picked up a pair of first downs on receptions of 10 and 13 yards to start the drive.
  • A personal foul penalty on MSU helped move to the opponents 29.
  • The Tigers drive ended as pressure forced another turnover, giving the Racers the ball at their own 22.
  • In the quarter, MSU outgained TSU 104-45. 

FOURTH QUARTER

  • MSU opened the final period with a 41 yard field goal on the very first play to extend its lead to 24-10.
  • The Tigers quickly responded scoring in less than two minutes as they traveled 70 yards on six plays to make the score 24-17.
  • Rosendahl used pass plays of 16 yards to Newbold and 35 to Chris Rowland to reach the Murray State three.
  • Roberson capped off the drive with a three yard plunge for his second touchdown of the game.
  • The Big Blue held on defense on the Racers next series, as Emmanuel Olenga hurried Preston Rice on a fourth down play to give the offense the ball back with 8:24 remaining.
  • Rosendahl completed passes to Chris Rowland and Newbold, while Seth Rowland worked the ground game to cross into MSU territory.
  • The Tigers turned the ball over on downs, but would get the ball back just over a minute later as the defense forced a three and out.
  • The offense once again started to move through the MSU defense with a seven yard carry by Roberson, sandwiched between a pair of Chris Rowland receptions.
  • The drive ended at the Racers 42 on the fourth Tiger turnover of the game.
  • MSU added a quick touchdown in what seemed to be the back breaker, making the score 31-17 with 2:27 remaining.
  • The Tigers continued to fight as they moved 57 yards to the Racers five.
  • Al-Malik Moore and Malik Abdul-Haqq highlighted the drive with 23 and 19 yard receptions, respectively.
  • The turnover in the end zone ended the Tigers comeback effort with 37 seconds remaining.
  • TSU outgained MSU 177-92 in the final quarter. 

NOTES

  • Kickoff occurred at 2:04 p.m. CT.
  • Tennessee State captains for the game were Chris Rowland, Thomas Burton, Lachavious Simmons and Cameron Rosendahl.
  • Tennessee State won the toss and chose to receive.
  • Chris Rowland finished the game with 14 receptions, passing Weldon Garlington (2014), Tyrone Butterfield (1997), Barry Collins (1984), Patrick Smith (2016), Corey Sullivan (1999), Golden Tate (1983), Lawrence Segree (1993) and Corey Sullivan (1998) for single season receptions.
  • Josh Green caught his first career interception.
  • Antonio Zita tied Larry Watkins (1978-81) for career field goals made with 25.
  • Chris Rowland surpassed Lawrence Segree and Chris Johnson for career receiving yards and is now ranked 9th with 2,162 yards.
  • Chris Rowland surpassed Patrick Smith and is now tied with Lawrence Segree for career receptions (160) finishing the night with 14.
  • Chris Rowland registered 14 receptions today, marking the new school record for single-game receptions.
  • Kenyon Garlington entered the game late in the fourth and had back-to-back pass breakups.
  • This marks the 30th meeting with Murray State.
  • MSU leads the series 17-13.
  • TSU holds a 7-6 advantage in Nashville.
  • The Racers have won four straight after the Tigers claimed back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2014.
  • Rod Reed is 2-7 versus the Racers.
  • The game was broadcasted on ESPN+.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Tigers will host Murray State for homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. at Nissan Stadium.

QUOTES
Senior Wide Receiver Chris Rowland
-On having a successful season individually, but not winning
"It’s tough. The individual statistics are great, but when you’re not getting a win in the win/loss column, it’s not. It doesn’t matter at this point."

-On turnovers
"The turnover bug is going to kill any team. You can’t put the ball on the ground and expect a win. That’s something we have to take more seriously. You have to look in the mirror now. Something we haven’t had to worry about in the past was turning over the ball, and all of a sudden the bug has come around, but that’s something that can be fixed. You’re not going to win the game putting the ball on the ground."

-On the target on his back
"Just come out, work hard and watch a lot of film, know what scheme the defense is going to put up. Everyone is going to try and give me their best shot. I don’t really get into the jaw jacking and all that. I just come in everyday and work hard."

-On if the season is over
"At this point, we’re playing for pride. We can finish the season .500. We have Austin Peay next week for homecoming, we haven’t lost there. It’s going to be exciting with the activities, but back to work."

Sophomore Linebacker Jahsun Bryant
-On being back on the field this week
"It felt great. I was out there with the entire line, my defensive brothers, I wish we could’ve gotten the win. This week we were in the hole which was a great plan, but we let them score."

-On what has to change for next week’s success
"As a team, we’re going to get into the film room, be locked in at practice and the energy has to change. We have to be up tempo, we have to have a short memory because we did just lose, but everyone has to be held accountable and has to come in and do their best."

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