NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the second week in a row, TSU junior safety Daniel Fitzpatrick was honored as the OVC defensive player of the week.
Fitzpatrick keyed the Big Blue defense, racking up tackles with one pass break up. The safety’s biggest moment came just after the Tigers grabbed the 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Skyhawks were facing a 2nd-and-13 when Fitzpatick picked off UT Martin quarterback Jarod Neal.
From there the race was on as the Ft. Wayne, Ind. native returned the interception for a touchdown, giving TSU the 21-0 lead. The interception was Fitzpatrick’s fifth of the season and his second pick six of the year.
Tennessee State’s defense also recorded a safety, which gave the unit eight points in the game, aiding the Tigers 29-15 win over the Skyhawks.
Big Blue returns home to LP Field for the 83rd annual homecoming game. TSU will welcome No. 3 Eastern Illinois in a match-up of the only two remaining teams left in OVC play. Saturday’s game is set to kick-off at 4 p.m.