MURRAY, KY. - 29 unanswered points to end the game by Murray State proved to be the difference as the Racers defeated Tennessee State 49-28 Saturday afternoon at Roy Stewart Stadium.
With TSU (8-2, 4-2 OVC) leading 28-20 late in the third quarter, the Racers (4-5, 3-3 OVC) scored on three straight possessions over the next five minutes, 54 seconds.
The Racers first possession of the game resulted in an interception as receiver Josh Brown was picked off by Ronn Vinson in the end zone from six yards out.
The Tigers took advantage driving 80 yards in 12 plays, ending with a two-yard touchdown run by Trabis Ward for the 7-0 lead with 6:57 left in the first quarter.
Ward had 37 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown. He has run for over 110 yards in eight of the 10 games this season.
MSU spent little time answering as quarterback Casey Brockman connected with Walter Powell for a 13-yard score to tie the game at seven less than a minute later.
Powell led all receivers with eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown. It's only the second time all season that Powell has been held under nine catches and the first time in the last five games that he has not had 142 yards or more.
The punt by Steven Mix was misplayed by Garlington forcing the Tigers to start the drive inside its own one-yard line.
The Racer offense would score on its next two possessions to retake the lead 35-28. Berry had his second TD of the day from five yards out with 27 seconds on the third quarter clock. Brockman started the fourth with a one-yard TD run within the first minute.
TSU has a bye next week before finishing the regular season at UT-Martin (7-2, 5-1 OVC) on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Trabis Ward moved past Javarris Williams (2006) for the third most rushing yards in a season for a TSU running back. His 37 carries is the second most in his career and the third time this season he has had 34 or more carries. He leads the FCS with 285 carries on the season ... The nine minute, 30 second scoring drive by TSU in the second quarter is the longest since a 9:33 drive at Southeast Missouri State on Oct. 25, 2008. The 99-yard drive in the third quarter is also the longest for TSU since the same 9:33 drive at SEMO ... TSU had the ball for 40 minutes, 25 seconds ... The Tigers had 411 yards on 86 plays. The last time that TSU ran more than 86 plays in a game was Sept. 15, 2007 at Austin Peay in a 33-32 double overtime victory ... At the start of the game, TSU had outscored its opponents 85-32 in the fourth quarter. The Racers outscored the Tigers 22-0 in the fourth quarter Saturday ... Murray State leads the all-time series 13-11 and have won the last five meetings dating back to 2008, including four in a row at Roy Stewart Stadium.