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Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information  
Release: 09/18/2011
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Dante Thomas gains game high 99 yards rushing
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Murray State Races Past Tigers

The Tennessee State Tigers got off to a slow start against the Murray State Racers, falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter, and never recovered as they absorbed a 58-27 loss in the OVC opener for both teams.

The Tigers took the opening kick-off and went three-and-out on their first possession in just 0:29. After a short 18-yard punt, the Racers drove 55-yards in five plays and booted a 20-yard field goal with 13:42 remaining in the first quarter.  TSU was unable to gain a first down on their next two possession and Murray State passed for TDs of 19 and 34 yards to build a 17-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Murray State scored first (13:27) for a 24-0 lead before the Tigers got on the scoreboard (11:46) on a Dante Thomas 5-yard run after a 7-play 73-yard drive to make the score 24-7. The Racers went on to outscore TSU 20-10 for the rest of the quarter for a 44-17 lead at the half. By the half, Murray State had amassed 466 yards of total offense (437 passing, 29 rushing) and the Tigers had 182 yards of total offense (63 passing, 119 rushing).

In the third quarter, each team scored only 1 touchdown each, Murray State on a 14-play, 71 yard drive for a 51-17 lead (5:54) and the Tigers on a 13-play, 69-yard drive led by redshirt freshman Mike German who tossed his first collegiate TD to Travis James for 20 yards (1:45) to move the score to 51-24.

TSU got on the first in the fourth quarter (13:47) with a Jamin Godfrey 47-yard field goal to pull the score closer at 27-51. Murray State, however, answered with another TD (12:24) to account for the final score of 58-24.

Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman passed for 600 yards (45-67-1) and 7 TDs breaking his Murray State records for yards attempts and TDs.

Tennessee State running back Dante Thomas, led all rushers in the game, rushing for 99 yards on 19 attempts. TSU quarterbacks, Jeremy Perry and Michael German passed for 86 yards and 121 yards respectively.

Defensively, linebacker Rico Council led the Tigers with 10 tackles (2 solo), with 0.5 sacks. Defensive end Samquan Evans chipped in 2 sacks (15) and 3 tackles for loss (18).

Statistically, the Tigers allowed 707 yards of total offense (630 passing, 77 rushing) while gaining 375 yards of total offense (207 passing, 168 rushing). Murray State gained 37 first downs, to TSU's 17 first downs. The 58 points scored on the Tigers is the second most in program history, only bettered by 63 points scored on TSU by Tennessee Tech in 2001.

Tennessee State will travel to play at the Air Force Academy next week (09/24/11) at 2:00p (CT). The game will be televised on The Mountain TV Network, check your local TV listings for channel information.

 

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