Tigers Fall Short at Murray State
Junior QB Jeremy Perry finished the game passing for 289 yards (23-41-0) and 3 TDs. He also rushed for 14 yards for 303 yards in Total Offense. Joseph Hills, a senior, finished the game with 128 yards on 8 catches and 1 TD.
TSU opened the game scoring midway through the first quarter (7:55) when Perry hit WR Calvin McNairl with a 20-yard TD pass for a 7-0 lead. The score came after an 8-play 62 yard drive that consumed 4:04. Murray State responded on their next possession with their own 62 yard drive to tie the score at 7-7 at the 5:36 mark of the first quarter.
The Tigers posted the only scoring in the second period, when Jeremy Perry hit Joseph Hills with a 37-yard TD strike with 0:23 remaining in the half. TSU took a 14-7 lead into the locker room at the half.
Opening the second half, the Racers received the kick-off and completed a 65 yard pass on their second play all the way to the Tigers 4-yard line. The tied the score at 14-14 on the next play with 14:14 remaining in the quarter on just 3 plays and 0:54 off the clock. TSU went three-and-out and punted. Murray State then marched 68 yards in seven plays to score another TD at the 10:22 mark of the quarter for a 21-14 lead. The Tigers responded with an 8-play 87 yard drive, but the PAT kick was blocked, leaving the score at 21-20 with 0:30 left in the quarter. After the kickoff, the Racers completed a 68 yard pass TD pass for a TD for a 28-20 lead after just 0:18 on the clock. The 3rd quarter ended 28-20, Murray State.
Tennessee State fought back driving the ball 70 yards (16 plays) to the Murray State 1-yard line, but had to settle for an 18 yard FG with 6:43 left in the game. The Tiger defense forced Murray State to try a 40 yard FG at 4:56, but it failed and TSU took over for a chance to win the game at their own 23 yard line. The Tigers drove to their own 42 yard line, but Jeremy Perry was sacked on third and four. TSU’s 4th and 10 pass was incomplete with 2:06 remaining and Murray State was able to run out the clock for the win.
As a team, the Tigers gained 487 yards in Total Offense (198 rush, 289 pass) and limited Murray State to 443 yards in Total Offense (143 rush, 300 pass). TSU had 26 first downs to Murray State’s 20 first downs. Finally, the Tigers held a lead in Time of Possession, 36:13 to 23:47.
The season ends for the Tigers with a six game losing streak and a record of 3-8. The 0-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference is the first time TSU has finished winless in the conference.