Tigers' OVC opener ends in loss to Austin Peay
Sunday, September 19, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers faced off at home against rivals Austin Peay State looking to bounce back after last week's loss.

TSU (1-2, 0-1 OVC) watched a seven-point lead disappear in the fourth quarter dropping their OVC opener, 26-23, to APSU (2-1, 1-0).

The Tigers did not trail until under a minute left to play in the fourth; holding a 23-16 advantage with 8:58 remaining in the game. The Governors rallied behind a 29-yard field goal at the 6:55 mark and scored the game winner on a seven-yard touchdown pass leaving 40 seconds on the clock.

TSU racked up 387 yards of offense behind Preston Brown, Jeremy Perry and Jeremy Pryor.

Brown eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second straight game rushing for a game-high 116 yards on 27 carries while scoring the Tigers' first two touchdowns.

Perry passed for a career high 225 yards from 22-of-32 passing connecting with Brown early in the second quarter on a 19-yard score. Brown would then close a six-play, 65-yard drive, rushing in for a second score from one yard out.

Pryor led the Tigers with seven receptions for 52 yards and Joseph Hills followed with six catches for 51.

Dante' Thomas rushed for 54 yards (10.8 avg.) on five carries. He scored the Tigers' final points in the fourth quarter from a one-yard touchdown.  Kicker, Jamin Godfrey's point after was blocked.

Godfrey went 1-of-2 hitting a 21-yard field goal in the third to increase TSU's lead, 17-13, in the third.

Defensively, Eugene Clifford recorded a game-high 8.5 tackles (6 solo, 5 assists) including an interception. Sidney Tarver pulled in 6.5 tackles. Marquez Hall and Malcolm Crawford each posted 4.5 tackles with Hall collecting one sack.

For the Governors, Ryan White and Jake Ryan led the APSU offense; which stacked up 315 yards.

White rushed for 112 yards (6.6 avg.) on 17 attempts and one touchdown to tie the game, 7-7, from a 63-yard scamper.

Ryan connected 13-of-21 with one interception throwing his only touchdown pass, a seven-yard quick out, to Adrian Mines to give the Governors the final lead. Mines caught seven receptions for 84 yards.

Special teams play was strong for APSU. Down, 14-7, the Governors' Stephen Stansell connected on a 50-yard field goal to end the first half narrowing the Tigers' lead, 14-10. He finished hitting 4-of-4 tacking on field goals from 30, 23, and 29 yards out. His last field goal in the fourth closed the Tigers' advantage, 23-19. 

On defense, Darrick Dillard and Jeremy Ross led APSU with each posting 6.5 tackles. Antwaun Majors and Amius Smith each added six stops.

Next, TSU will head to Atlanta, Ga. to meet long time rivals, Florida A&M in the Atlanta Football Classic on September 25. Kick-off is set 2:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.