Every week of the football season, tsutigers.com will look back at the most recent game in a blog-like post. This past Saturday the Tennessee State Football team fell at Alabama State for the squad’s first loss of the season.
Looking Back at the Three Keys:
Hang on to the Ball
The TSU Tigers had five turnovers against the Tigers of Edward Waters, their most since surrendering five against UT Martin on Nov. 17, 2007…
Mike German had three picks at ASU has now thrown more picks this season (5) than TSU had all of last season. German’s second pick led to a three-play, 63-yard drive that culminated in a Hornet touchdown that made the score 24-2 in favor of the home team. All things considered, three interceptions in 61 pass attempts is not unforgivable, but they proved to be insurmountable on Saturday.
Alabama State boasts one of the best backs in the country in Malcolm Cyrus…
Cyrus had a highly productive afternoon and was the single-most explosive offensive player on the field. The senior had a game-high 256 yards of total offense including 171 on the ground. Cyrus had over 100 yards rushing in the first half, and just for the record, TSU only allowed two rushers to eclipse the century mark in all of 2013. Cyrus also beat the Tigers with his hands, hauling in a 70-yard touchdown on a wheel route in the third quarter.
Establish a Passing Game
Against Edward Waters, German completed just six of his 20 attempts for a completion percentage of 30…
Tennessee State certainly attempted to establish a passing game as German’s 61 attempts shattered the old school record of 55 attempts in a game set by Brian Ransom in 1981. However, German only completed 26 of those attempts for a percentage of .426. He also had the aforementioned interceptions, but a 22-point deficit forced TSU to throw the ball.
Week 2 Mailbag
Head Coach Rod Reed answers three questions asked by Tiger fans following TSU’s victory. Have your questions answered by tweeting them to @tsu_tigers or by posting them to the tsutigers facebook page. Alternatively, you can send your questions by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Best Photos of the Week
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What They Were Saying