Tigers in OVC play at home against Austin Peay
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

THE GAME

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University will look to bounce back after their first loss of the season when they open Ohio Valley Conference play at home against Austin Peay State in the Bikers Game.

The game will take place on Saturday, September 18, at LP Field with a 6 p.m. kick-off.

BROADCAST COVERAGE

Television: Wazoo Sports Network - Broadcasting on Nashville UPN-TV 30 (Check local listing for station ID)

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Online Video Stream: ESPN3.com / OVCSports.TV (Pay-Per-View)

Radio: Big Blue Sports Network (WVOL 1470 AM - Nashville, Tenn. / WOJG 94.7 FM - Jackson, Tenn. / WMRB 910 AM - Columbia, Tenn.)

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THE MATCH-UP

The TSU Tigers (1-1) will face the APSU Governors (1-1) for the 13th meeting. The Tigers post an 8-4 record against their conference rival, however, lost to the Govs last season, 21-24, in Clarksville, Tenn. This will be the first conference game of the season for both teams.

The ground games will collide for a consecutive season. Similar to last year's match-up, the Tigers enter with the best run-stop defense in the OVC while the Govs come in with the league's top rushing offense.

Last season, TSU gave up their first loss to APSU since the Governors rejoined the conference in 2007. For the game, offensively, the Tigers finished with a season high 293 yards but could not convert on third downs moving the chains in one out of ten attempts. On defense, TSU surrendered 301 total yards including a season high, 201 rushing yards.

LAST TIME OUT FOR TSU

The Tigers enter the game after their first loss of the season dropping a 33-26 decision to Jackson State in the Southern Heritage Classic. 

The loss snapped TSU's seven game win streak over JSU. The game also marked six of the last seven games in which the outcome was separated by seven points or less.

With 1:32 left and an opportunity to send it to overtime, the Tigers (1-1) drove down to the JSU two-yard line. A pass interference call gave TSU another chance with two seconds left in the game but a pass in the end zone fell incomplete.

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TSU SLIPS IN THE BLACK COLLEGE RANKS

In the highly recognized Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College Football Poll, TSU fell in the ranks from No. 5 to No. 10 after the loss to JSU.

TIGERS ON THE GRIDIRON

The Tigers have spotlighted the league statistical rankings posting first in rushing defense (113.5 yards), kick-return yardage (28.9), punt return yardage, kick-off coverage, sacks (7), and first downs.

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY STATE

Austin Peay State ended 2009 with a 4-7 (3-5 OVC) record but opened 2010 with a 38-6 win over Cumberland at home before losing at Middle Tennessee State 56-33 in week two.

In the OVC, APSU ranks first in scoring (35.5 ppg.), rushing (215 ypg), total offense (361.5 yards), pass defense (49.3 percent), interceptions (3) and have not given up a sack thus far.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Preston Brown leads TSU's ground assault after a record-breaking performance in the Tigers' loss to JSU. Brown rushed for a Classic record, 218 yards (6.6 yards per carry), adding two touchdowns while tying the attempt record with 33 carries.

For his efforts, he was named CFPA D-I FCS Co-Running Back Performer of the Week. He currently leads the Ohio Valley Conference and ranks fifth in the nation (FCS) averaging 133 yards per game (5.2 yards per carry). His three touchdowns also rank first in the conference in scoring.

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All-Americans and All-OVC defenders, Eugene Clifford and Rico Council, lead the defense and are the Tigers top tacklers combining for 27 stops thus far.

Among the Tigers' seven sacks in week one, All-OVC Preseason selection Donte'e Nicholls posted two and is tied for first in the OVC.

Rayshawn Weatherspoon heads the league in kick-off return yardage with 33.8 yards per return and is number one, along with Clifford, in passes defended. He was named OVC Special Teams Player at the end of week. CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

APSU's Terrence Holt (2010 OVC Preseason Player of the Year) and Ryan White (All-OVC Preseason) lead the Governors on the players to watch list.

Holt sits atop the OVC in all-purpose yardage with 179.5. Among the OVC preseason list, he received preseason honors as a kick-return specialist and running back while posting two touchdowns since the start of the season.

White ranks second in the OVC in rushing (89.0 ypg) but averages a league best, 8.1 yards per carry, from 178 total yards on 22 attempts.

On defense, Jeremy Ross, was named CFPA D-I FCS Co-Defensive Back Performer of the Week and OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after week two. He recovered three fumbles, returning one for a 16-yard score in APSU's loss at MTSU last Saturday. Ross now ranks first nationally and in the conference in fumble recoveries/game (1.50).

Other notable players include OVC leaders: punter, Ryan Key (43.7 ypg), kicker and conference second leading scorer, Stephen Stansell (17 pts - 3-of-4 FGs), defensive lineman, and Antonio Faulkner (3.5 tackles for losses). Team leader includes: Darrick Dillard (18 tackles).