NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Running back Telvin Hooks had a career-high 159 yards and Tennessee State defeated Southeast Missouri State, 40-16, on Saturday night at LP Field.
Senior Tim Broughton added 95 yards on 14 carries as the Tigers (5-1, 2-0 OVC) piled up 544 yards and recorded their third straight game with at least 40 points.
Redshirt junior Michael German completed 12-of-21 passes for 202 yards and two scores and is now seventh on the school’s all-time passing touchdown list with 38.
The Redhawks (0-5, 0-2 OVC) got the ball to start the game and used 11 plays to get to the TSU 21-yard line. From there the Big Blue defense forced a stop, but Southeast kicker Ryan McCrum connected on a 39-yard field goal to give his team an early, 3-0, lead.
The field goal was the Redhawks’ first this season, and it marked the first lead the team held all season.
After the teams traded possesions, quarterback Ronald Butler drove the TSU offense 71 yards down the field for a touchdown. Butler found tight end A.C. Leonard on a crossing pattern and Leonard did the rest, scampering 20 yards for the score.
Butler was 5-of-6 on the series for 57 yards and Big Blue led the Redhawks, 7-3, with 14:08 to go before halftime.
The TSU defense forced another punt on Southeast’s next possession, giving its offense good field position at the TSU 38-yard line. Tim Broughton gained 23 yards on a pair of carries but on the next play, Butler was sacked and the freshman fumbled. Southeast’s Cantrell Andrews picked up the ball and raced 68 yards for a Redhawk touchdown.
On the ensuing point after, Southeast could not handle the snap and TSU’s Michael Murphy ended up the ball. He then tossed it behind him to Antinio Harper and the senior from Huntsville, Ala. ran 80 yards, giving the Tigers two points.
The wild two plays made the score even at nine a side with nine minutes to play in the second quarter.
The scoring toss gave the Tigers a 16-9 advantage, where the score would remain for the rest of the half.
Big Blue outgained the Redhawks 243 to 71 during the game’s first 30 minutes.
TSU received to begin the second half and German was a perfect 3-of-3 until the Tigers got into the red zone. Two TSU runs proved unsuccessful and a pass to Vernon Frett fell incomplete, leading to a field goal attempt. Godfrey drilled the 21-yarder, putting TSU up, 19-9, with 9:22 to go in the third period.
With Godfrey’s kick, he passed Javarris Williams’s 264 points for second place on the school’s all-time scoring list.
Junior safety Daniel Fitzpatrick got his second interception of the season on Southeast’s second play of the second half, and returned it to the 36.
Broughton broke off a run of 14 yards two plays into TSU’s next drive and the senior ended up scoring a four-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-one. Broughton’s run brought the score to 26-9 at the 5:16 mark of the third quarter.
After another Redhawk punt, the Tigers took over on their own 16-yard line. Hooks ran for nine yards on first down, and a perfectly executed screen pass sprung Ryan Mitchell loose for a 75-yard touchdown. The quick strike gave TSU a commanding 24-point lead.
Fitzpatrick got his second pick of the game and fourth of his career on Southeast’s next possession, but Godfrey missed a 43-yard field goal attempt on TSU’s following drive.
Later in the fourth, a great punt by Leon Holderhead and heads-up play by the TSU punt team downed the ball at the Redhawk one-yard line. On the next play, Lewis Washington raced 99 yards for a touchdown.
The run was the longest offensive play in Redhawk history and brought the score to 33-16, with TSU on top.
On TSU’s next possession, Hooks ran six times for 65 yards including a 28-yard touchdown to cap off the drive and end the scoring.
The Tigers limited the Redhawks to 229 yards and Nick Thrasher led the team in tackles with five solo stops.
TSU will hit the road next weekend when the team travels to Jacksonville State on Saturday Oct. 12.