Javarris Williams Ties TSU Career Rushing TD Record
Nashville, Tenn. In front of a homecoming crowd of 24, 361, the Tigers (7-2, 4-1) bounced back from their first OVC lost, topping the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech (3-6, 1-4), 41-14.
With the win, TSU retains the Sgt. Alvin York Trophy. The trophy goes to the winner of the quadrangular season football series between the four Ohio Valley Conference schools in the state of Tennessee.
Reserve quarterback Dominic Grooms, a transfer from Missouri, made his first start as a TSU Tiger, completing 15-of-19 passing for 138 yards and two touchdowns, he also scored a touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback keeper.
The Tigers and the Golden Eagles traded scores in the first quarter. Javarris Wiiliams put the Tigers on the board first after a TTU muffled punt, scoring on a four-yard touchdown run, ending a five play 24-yard drive.
In the second quarter, Grooms rushed in on a sneak capping a 10 play 65-yard drive with 11:03 on the clock. On the Tigers' next drive, Williams rushed in from five yards out at the 2:53 mark to give the Tigers the lead at halftime, 21-7.
With his score in the second quarter, Williams tied the TSU all-time career rushing touchdown record with 41 held by Charles Anthony. Williams finished with 125 yards on 24 carries averaging 5.2 yards per carry with two scores.
In the second half, the Tigers piled on the lead with 20 unanswered points. Grooms connected with JaJuan Spillman for a nine-yard touchdown pass ending a 14 play 86-yard drive with 4:36 in the third quarter.
With 6:11 in the fourth quarter, Grooms threw for another score, hitting Chris Johnson for a six-yard touchdown pass to end an eight play 47-yard drive.
After an interception and 11-yard return by Larry Williford, Preston Brown added another score running in from 12 yards out on a four play 21-yard drive. A Tiger point after failed and TSU took a commanding 41-7 lead. TTU added another touchdown in the last minute giving the game its final score, 41-14.
Defensively, TSU tackled the Golden Eagles behind the line of scrimmage 13 times for 46 yards in losses, including three sacks and two interceptions. Marquez Hall led the Tiger defenders with six tackles (5 solo). Larry Williford intercepted his third pass of the season and added three tackles.
The Tigers will play their last home game of the season next week (11/08) when they host OVC opponent Eastern Illinois. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.