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 on the road at Eastern Illinois, 28-3.
Looking Back at the Three Keys
Win the Turnover Battle
Over the last three games, the TSU offense has given the ball away nine times while the defense has just four takeaways…
The Tigers turned the ball over three times (one fumble and two interceptions) and did not cause a single turnover. EIU was able to produce 14 points off of Tiger miscues including a pick six. Tennessee State is now 3-8 when the team does not win the turnover battle and the squad leads the nation in interceptions thrown.
EIU’s junior quarterback Jalen Whitlow has been the most productive quarterback in the OVC this season, averaging 258.7 yards per game…
Whitlow only managed 167 yards and only 76 came through the air. The mobile QB did have 91 yards on the ground, but that included a 67-yard touchdown in the second half to put the game away. TSU improved its pass defense numbers and still rank first in the FCS in the category, but gave up the most rushing yards all season (294).
Maintain Status Quo on Defense
In addition to being the best in pass defense, the Tigers’ D is also third in total defense (251.3 y/g) and eighth in scoring (16.3 p/g)…
The Tiger defense was not quite as dominant on Saturday and gave up its second-highest total of points (28) of the season. The Panthers also put up 370 yards and were close to 40 percent on third downs (4-for-11). One bright spot for the defense was the play of linebackers Mike West and Nick Thrasher who had 10 tackles apiece.
Week 9 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