TIGERS DROP CIRCLE CITY CLASSIC TO SCSU
INDIANAPOLIS --- Tennessee State could never sustain its offensive attack and South Carolina State dominated time of possession on its way to a 30-13 victory over the Tigers in the 21st Annual Circle City Classic. Despite the troubles of the TSU offense, the Tigers were still in the game, trailing 14-7 until South Carolina State tacked on a pair of late touchdowns in the fourth quarter. TSU scored its last touchdown with less than a minute to play to cut into the final margin. TSU was limited to just two first downs until it made three on its final drive. The Tigers scored their first touchdown following a fumble recovery at the South Carolina State 7-yardline in the third period. TSU senior Charles Anthony, the nation's leading rusher in NCAA I-AA, was limited to just 51 yards on 18 carries. "We had some missed opportunities," said TSU head coach James Reese. "We missed a field goal and had a fumble. They are a good football team, but we hurt ourselves." The Tigers had come up with turnovers on SCSU's first three possessions of the second half, but managed the one TD. TSU trailed 30-7 before driving 54 yards for the final score. South Carolina State scored first on a 1-yard run by Deshawn Baker on a fourth down play. The score was setup by a 54-yard pass from Brett Young to Christopher Belton to the TSU 4-yardline on a third-and-12 play. SCSU's second TD came at the end of a 12-play 90-yard drive as Young threw nine yards to Tavarus Morgan, Michael Gaston's PAT made the score 14-0 with 6:15 remaining in the first half. TSU got on the scoreboard after defensive back Jamar Landrom forced and recovered a fumble at the SCSU 7-yardline. Anthony scored on the next play and Joey Hudak's PAT made the score 14-7 at the 8:06 mark of the third period. The Tigers Justin Williams made an interception and returned it 32 yards to the SCSU 11-yard. However, the Tigers could not get into the end zone and Hudak's 24-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar. Landrom had 18 total tackles to lead the TSU defense. He also forced a pair of fumbles along with his fumble recovery. The Tigers have an open week before returning to Ohio Valley Conference play Oct. 16 at Jacksonville State.