NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Sunday, the Ohio Valley Conference named Tennessee State safety Daniel Fitzpatrick its Defensive Player of the Week.
Fitzpatrick keyed the Tennessee State defense and the Tigers went on the road and topped No. 24 Jacksonville State 31-15. It marked only the second-ever victory for the team over JSU.
Fitzpatrick had a team-best eight tackles (seven solo) and made a pivitol interception in the fourth quarter as the Tigers won their sixth straight game to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Two plays after TSU had taken a 24-15 lead, Fitzpatrick intercepted Kyle West and returned the ball to the JSU 32-yard line; five plays later the Tigers scored another touchdown to put the game out of reach.
Overall the Tennessee State defense limited Jacksonville State to a season-low 292 yards, including just 21 rushing yards on 34 attempts (JSU had entered the game as the No. 1 rushing offense in the OVC).
Fitzpatrick is second on the team with 36 total tackles (28 solo) and is tied with David Van Dyke with four interceptions.