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Tigers Claw Their Way to No. 1 Ranking in HSRN Poll


Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information  
Release: 09/25/2013
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Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State football team came out on top for the first time this season in this week’s Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) Division I FCS HBCU poll.

The Tigers were tied for second coming into the weekend, but a TSU victory at Tennessee Tech, a loss by Bethune-Cookman and an off week for North Carolina A&T vaulted Big Blue to the top spot.

Against the Golden Eagles, the TSU offense set season highs in total yards (438), passing yards (343) and points (41) on the way to the first Ohio Valley Conference victory of the season.

A.C. Leonard led the offense, catching five passes for a career-high 122 yards and two touchdowns in the win. His efforts earned him CFPA tight end of the week.

Samquan Evans led the other side of the ball at TTU, setting a personal-best with eight stops and added 2.5 tackles for loss. The Tigers’ defense only allowed 301 yards of total offense and the unit ranks No. 4 nationally in the category.

TSU will carry its No. 1 ranking to the St. Louis Gateway Classic for a matchup with Central State at 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.

HSRN HBCU Football Poll – 09/23/13

Division I FCS

  School (First Place Votes) Record Pts Prev
1 Tennessee State Tigers (8)

3-1

169

2t

2 North Carolina A&T Aggies (4)

2-0

159

2t

3 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (6

3-1

157

1

4 Alcorn State Braves

3-1

134

4

5 Alabama State Hornets

2-2

123

5

6 Jackson State Tigers

2-2

105

6

7 South Carolina State Bulldogs

2-2

85

10

8 North Carolina Central Eagles

2-2

67

7

9 Prairie View A&M Panthers

2-2

53

NR

10 Howard Bison

1-2

49

9

  Others:
Southern-44; Florida A&M-40, Alabama A&M-32.

TENNESSEE STATE Football


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