Tigers Use Big First Quarter To Claim 42-28 Homecoming Win
The Tennessee State Tigers used a huge first quarter to defeat the Murray State Racers 42-28. With the win the Tigers improve to 4-5, 3-2 OVC.
The TSU Tigers scored their
first three TDs every way possible, offense, special teams and defense. The
Tigers first score was set up by senior DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who
TSU receiver Chris Johnson scored the next TD, returning a punt 77 yards to put the Tigers up 14-0 at the 5:12 mark. The next score came from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who continued his heroics, picking off Murray State QB Jeff Ehrhardt’s pass and returning 71 yards TD at 3:22, pushing the score to 21-0 after the first stanza.
TSU built a 28-0 lead with 11:07 remaining in the half when junior Javarris Williams rushed for the second of his three TDs on the night. The Racers answered with a TD at the 7:01 mark and entered the locker room with the score 28-7.
The Racers began the second half by successfully executing the first of two on-side kicks and scored the first points of the second half and close the score to 28-14 (9:05). TSU answered with Javarris Williams at the 4:23 mark with another TD and moved ahead 35-14.
On the game, TSU
yielded 528 yds of Total Offense (198 rush, 330 pass) to
The Racer were lead by freshman quarterback Jeff Ehrhardt who was 36 of 46 for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns . Ehrhardt also lead the Racers in rushing for 103 yards on 30 carries.
“The fast start showed that we were excited to play,” said TSU head coach James Webster. “I am proud how the team bounced back after two tough loses.”
The Tigers next game
will be Thursday (11/08) in