Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by looking
back at a great football moment in Tennessee
TSU beat Louisville
for the program’s first win over a current FBS university. Three years later,
the Tigers’ No. 1 ranked defense smothered the Cardinals again en route to an
into the 1984 game against Louisville
sporting a 9-0 record and was fresh off of a 41-8 drubbing of Bethune-Cookman.
the game this week would be played in Louisville
under a downpour of rain.
weather nor the Cardinals’ Division 1-A title intimidated the Tigers, as TSU extended
its win streak to 10 with a come-from-behind 24-15 victory.
offense set team records in the game including 3388 yards during the season.
The TSU passing game also helped the squad amass a record 402 points and 455.2
yards per game.
Biggles, Gilbert Renfroe and Barry Collins may have been lighting up the
scoreboard for most of the season, but it was TSU’s defense that really shined
against the Cardinals.
intercepted seven of Louisville’s
passes on the day, and also recovered five fumbles.
back Roger Robins’ interception early in the game got the Tigers’ defense
going, and it didn’t stop its relentless attack all day.
pick set up a crucial first half field goal, but TSU’s corner Carl McAfee wasn’t
content in letting the offense do all the scoring.
first picked off a pass and tossed the ball to teammate Roger Robinson, who
scampered the remaining yardage to a touchdown. He then intercepted another
toss and ran it back into the end zone himself.
running back Steve Griffin had 115 yards against the Cardinals, including a
67-yard run early in the contest.
went on to be ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division 1AA regular season poll and its
defense was the best in the nation, only allowing an average of 187 yards per
100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the
greatest moments in honor of Tennessee
celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100.
These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of
alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be
represented in these 100.