November 09, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
EIU147141449
Tennessee State14213038
Scoring
1st Quarter
TSUTD10:07CORBIN 6 Yd Run (ZITA missed kick)
EIUTD07:31BENEFIELD 45 Yd Run (MASUCCI kick)
TSUTD05:45ROSENDAHL 3 Yd Run
EIUTD00:41McCULLOUGH 15 Yd Run (MASUCCI kick)
2nd Quarter
TSUTD12:16ROWLAND (ZITA kick)
TSUTD08:31ROWLAND 36 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)
EIUTD03:49SHEEHAN 12 Yd Pass From WOODBERY (MASUCCI kick)
TSUTD01:14NEWBOLD 14 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)
3rd Quarter
EIUTD12:01HILL 4 Yd Run (MASUCCI kick)
TSUFG05:44ZITA 26 Yd
EIUTD00:05BENEFIELD 19 Yd Pass From WOODBERY (MASUCCI kick)
4th Quarter
EIUTD10:17SHEEHAN 5 Yd Pass From WOODBERY (MASUCCI kick)
EIUTD07:21BENEFIELD 9 Yd Run (MASUCCI kick)
Stats at a GlanceEIUTSU
1st Downs2317
3rd Down Conversions6-165-14
4th Down Conversions4-53-4
Passing (Comp-Att)225 (22-35) 209 (16-28)
Rushing (Att)265 (44) 97 (35)
Total Yards490306
Penalties5-506-54
Turnovers03
Fumbles Lost02
Interceptions01
Possession36:5023:10
Tigers Fall to Eastern Illinois on Senior Day, 49-38
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Tigers Fall to Eastern Illinois on Senior Day, 49-38

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Game 10:
 Tennessee State 38, Eastern Illinois 49
Records: TSU (2-8, 1-5), EIU (1-9, 1-5)
Venue: William J. Hale Stadium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Weather: Sunny, 55
Kickoff Time: 2:07 p.m CT
Game Duration: 3:20
Attendance: 4,131

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State was held to 62 yards in the second half as they fell 49-38 to Eastern Illinois on senior day in Hale Stadium. The Tigers built a 35-21 lead at the break behind a strong performance from Chris Rowland.

Rowland pulled down a 36 yard touchdown reception, returned a punt 57 yards for a score and rushed for a two-point conversion. The wide receiver sat out the second half due to injury. Rowland finished the day with three receptions for 55 yards and 131 all purpose yards.

EIU outscored TSU 28-3 in the second half to claim a come from behind victory. The Panthers held on to the ball for over 20 minutes in the last two quarters as they finished the game with 265 yards rushing.

Cameron Rosendahl completed 16-of-28 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Steven Newbold was his favorite target on the day, finishing with a game high six receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Nick Harper Jr. led all defenders with 11 tackles, 10 solo, while Terry Straughter followed with nine stops, eight solo, and 2.5 for loss.

TOTALS

  • Tennessee State was outgained by Eastern Illinois 490-306 in total yards.
  • The Tigers produced 209 yards through the air and was held to 97 on the ground.
  • The defense surrendered 265 rushing yards and 225 yards passing.
  • The Tigers averaged 4.9 yards per play.
  • TSU totaled 17 first downs opposed to 23 by EIU.
  • EIU won the Time of Possession battle, 36:50-23:10.
  • The Tigers were 4-of-4 in Red Zone opportunities, while EIU was 6-for-8.
  • The Big Blue committed six penalties for 54 yards.
  • The defense produced seven tackles for loss, including two sacks.
  • The Tigers were 5-of-14 on third down conversions, EIU finished 6-of-16. 

INDIVIDUAL

  • Cameron Rosendahl was 16-of-28 for 209 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
  • Steven Newbold led all receivers with six receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.
  • Chris Rowland went for 131 all purpose yards in just one half of play.
  • Rowland caught three passes for 55 yards and a score; finished with three punt returns for 62 yards and carried the ball once for 14 yards.
  • Dayron Johnson matched Rowland’s 131 all purpose yards with 115 coming on three kickoff returns.
  • Nick Harper Jr. led the Big Blue with 11 tackles, 10 solo, and had one pass breakup.
  • Terry Straughter followed with nine stops, eight solo, and 2.5 for loss.
  • Ronnie Killings made 3.0 tackles for loss.
  • Emmanuel Olenga and Dante’ Ferguson Jr. each recorded a sack. 

FIRST QUARTER

  • Tennessee State scored on its first two scoring drives to help produce a 14-14 score at the end of the first quarter.
  • Cameron Rosendahl picked up back-to-back first downs with a 10 yard completion to Phillip Brown and a 28 yard pass to Steven Newbold.
  • The Tigers took to the ground for the next seven plays, gaining 29 yards.
  • DeMarco Corbin capped off the drive with a six yard touchdown blast.
  • The extra point was no good making the score 6-0.
  • After EIU took the lead 7-6, the Tigers used a 61 yard kickoff return by Dayron Johnson to begin their next drive at the Panthers 39.
  • TSU used a 14 yard rush by Chris Rowland, an eight yard pass play from Rosendahl to Brown and a 15 yard reception by Miles Cavitt to move inside the five.
  • Rosendahl called his own number and crossed the goal line from three yards out.
  • On the extra point attempt, Chris Rowland sprinted to the right broke the plain of the goal line to increase the TSU lead to 14-7.
  • EIU took advantage of a Tiger turnover to set up the game tying touchdown.
  • The Panthers outgained TSU 134-128 in the first quarter. 

SECOND QUARTER

  • Chris Rowland ignited the crowd with a 57 yard punt return for a touchdown, giving the Tigers a 21-14 lead with 12:16 on the clock.
  • The defense forced a three-and-out, giving the offense the ball back at the EIU 44.
  • On the fourth play of the drive, on a fourth and two, Rosendahl found Chris Rowland in the middle of the field for a 36 yard scoring pass.
  • The Tiger defense once again stopped the Panthers, but another turnover allowed EIU to retain possession.
  • The Panthers needed just five plays with their second chance to move back within seven points, 28-21.
  • Seth Rowland would get the next drive started with three carries totaling 15 yards.
  • Rosendahl followed by completing four passes for 52 yards, including 1 14 yard touchdown pass to Steven Newbold.
  • TSU outgained EIU 116-42 in the second stanza. 

THIRD QUARTER

  • EIU scored on the opening drive of the second half to cut into the Tigers lead, 35-28.
  • The high paced contest slowed down in the third quarter as TSU embarked on a 14 play, 67 yard drive which took up just over six minutes.
  • Antonio Zita connected on a 26 yard field goal to put the Tigers up by 10, 38-28.
  • The Panthers returned the favor, by going on a five and a half minute drive, ending in a touchdown with five seconds remaining in the third.
  • EIU caught TSU off-guard with an onside kick, keeping the Big Blue offense off the field.
  • The Panthers outgained TSU 164-72 in the quarter. 

FOURTH QUARTER

  • EIU took advantage of the onside kick and scored the go ahead touchdown on its first drive of the quarter with 10:10 remaining in the game.
  • The Panthers defense took over forcing a three-and-out and forced a fumble on their first sack of the game.
  • EIU took over at the Tigers nine yard line and need one play to extend the lead to 49-38.
  • The Big Blue’s last drive ended with a pair of sacks, giving the ball back to the Panthers who ran out the clock.
  • TSU had the ball for just under three minutes in the final quarter. 

NOTES

  • Kickoff occurred at 2:05 p.m.
  • Tennessee State captains at midfield were Lachavious Simmons, Chris Rowland, Thomas Burton and Cameron Rosendahl.
  • The four captains were joined by their fellow seniors, who stood 10 yards back of the coin toss.
  • Eastern Illinois won the toss and deferred to the second half.
  • Chris Rowland recorded his first career punt return for a touchdown.
  • Steven Newbold finished with 86 yards receiving, moving him into sixth on the TSU Career Receiving Yards list.
  • Newbold moved past Patrick Robinson (1989-92) who completed his career with 2,439 yards.
  • The senior also moved into a tie for ninth at TSU with 18 career receiving touchdowns, matching Tyrone Butterfield (1997-98).
  • Moving off the list were Leon Jamison (1954-57), James Thaxton (1969-72) and Corey Sullivan (1996-99).
  • Chris Rowland gained 55 yards receiving on the day and improved his career total to 2,430.
  • Rowland's three receptions brought his season total to 92, moving him into a tie for fifth on the Ohio Valley Conference Single Season Receptions list.
  • The senior wideout surpassed Jeremy Butler of UT Martin's 2013 total of 90 and matched Efrem Hill of Samford (2003) and Josh Barge of Jacksonville State (2015) with 92.
  • Antonio Zita's 18th field goal of the season tied for the TSU Single Season record with Jamin Godfrey (2013).
  • The kick also put him in a five-way tie for seventh in OVC history.
  • Cameron Rosendahl completed 16 passes on 28 attempts for 209 yards.
  • On the season, his 208 completions leaps him over Joe Adams (1980) into fifth at TSU.
  • Rosendahl moved into seventh in passing yards with 2,675, as he passed Joe Adams (1979 - 2,476), Gilbert Renfroe (1985 - 2,492) and James Wade (1992 - 2,541).
  • Rosendahl has attempted 341 passes on the season which is the eighth most for a single season at TSU.
  • TSU is now 8-15 all time versus Eastern Illinois, 6-6 in Nashville. 
  • The game was broadcasted on ESPN+.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Tigers travel to face UT Martin on Saturday, Nov. 16. Kickoff is set for a 2:00 p.m. start.

QUOTES

HEAD COACH ROD REED

Opening Statement

This was a very disappointing lost. We have become creative on finding ways to give games away. Football seems not to be important to us, they got 21 points off of turnovers again. But defensively we figured out ways to stop them in the first half. They got some big plays but after the first series things kind of settled down a little bit. In third quarter we didn’t have any answers. We had some guys go down but that’s no excuse. Offensively in the first half we played well but looks like in the second half we bogged down a little bit. Our time possession is very lopsided, we were going fast, had good tempo and we’re moving the ball so that’s understandable, but we shouldn’t have let that team come back and win that game like that and it all started with turnovers.

SENIOR WIDE RECIEVER CHRIS ROWLAND

On today’s game

I really don’t have much to say about today’s game. These turnovers seem like a reoccurring thing. You can’t win football games by turning over the ball.

On how the team’s mindset moving forward

We always look forward to the next game. There is no quit in this team, we’re all about the fight. With the Sgt. York trophy on the line, we already took down the toughest team, Austin Peay. So, we just have to find a way to regenerate that momentum going into this next week against UT Martin and bring that trophy home.

On his first punt return touchdown

I want to thank my teammates first off. They held their blocks and I just read the keys. I just happened to be at the right spot at the right time. I owe a lot of credit to the punt return team.

SENIOR WIDE RECIEVER STEVEN NEWBOLD

On moving forward

We need to win this next game; we haven’t won in a while and we need the win.

On practice this week

We need to push the offense harder this week, finish through and finish stronger.

On his personal performance

It was great, could’ve been better.

SOPHOMORE LINEBACKER TERRY STRAUGHTER

On how to improve this week

We need to lock in, get in and watch film. We need to fix the little things, that’s why we lost today.

On his personal performance

I was playing at about 75% this game. I had hiccups in the first half but in the second I came out stronger. 

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