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 defeated Jackson State in the Southern Heritage Classic.
Looking back at the three keys:
Get Back to Your Roots
Against Alabama State, Tennessee State passed the ball 61 times compared to only 38 rush attempts…
TSU ran the ball 46 times on Saturday with only 27 pass attempts sprinkled throughout the game. The Tigers were very efficient on the ground, too, as their top two ball-carriers Tom Smith and Stephen Hopkins rushed 25 times for 136 yards, a 5.4 average. Tennessee State had seven players record at least one touch in the run game and Big Blue had three touchdowns on the ground.
Keep Your Head on a Swivel
Jackson State likes to let quarterback La Montiez Ivy run the offense and throw the ball down the field. So far this season, Ivy has completed 63 percent of his passes for 515 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions…
TSU shut down Ivy and the JSU passing attack on Saturday, limiting him to 132 yards on 16-of-36 attempts. De’Ante Saunders also intercepted two of Ivy’s passes, returning one 45 yards for a touchdown. Saunders now leads the FCS in picks with three.
Select a Kicker
Last week at Alabama State, TSU kickers combined to miss two field goals and a pair of extra points…
Cameron Carter did miss a 38-yard field goal late in the third quarter, but by that time, it did not matter much. Tennessee State scored five touchdowns in the first half and Carter made good on all five extra point attempts. The kicking game will still be a key going forward, but for now, it is progressing in the right direction.
Week 3 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