Saturday, November 11, 2006
Defense holds Redhawks to 133 yards of Total Offense. NASHVILLE, TN-The Tennessee State Tigers kept their Ohio Valley Conference championship hopes alive with a 31-0 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday afternoon at LP Field. The Big Blue defense led the way forcing two fumbles and an interception and held the Redhawks to 133 total yards. The shutout was the first since a 45-0 victory over Howard in 2001 and it was the first OVC shutout since a 76-0 win over UT-Martin in 1998. Offensively, the Tigers scored on three of their first four possessions to take a 17-0 lead into halftime. Javarris Williams accounted for the two first half touchdowns, while Eric Benson added a 40-yard field goal. Terrance Wright and quarterback Julian Sample added touchdowns in the second half to close out the scoring. Wright scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter to extend the lead to 24-0. Sample, who split time with senior Richard Hartman in place of the injured Antonio Heffner, crossed the goal line from one-yard out with 7:51 left in the game. Hartman finished the game completing 11 of his 16 passes for 152 yards. Williams led all runners with 78 yards on 19 carries. With the win, TSU improves to 5-1 in the OVC, 6-4 overall, and moves back into contention for the conference title. Tennessee-Martin fell to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday and fell back into a tie with the Tigers at 5-1. Eastern Illinois defeated Tennessee Tech to move ahead of UTM and TSU at 6-1. The Big Blue will travel to Eastern Kentucky for the final game of the regular season. Kick-off against the Colonels is set for a 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 18.