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 dropped its third straight conference game to UT Martin, 21-16.
Looking Back at the Three Keys
Balance the Offense
Quarterback Mike German has had the offense humming the past two weeks, totaling 912 yards or an average of 456 per game. However, most of the recent success has come through the air…
German was solid once again, totaling 314 yards on 18-of-36 passing. The senior also tossed a pair of touchdowns while leading the offense to 367 total yards. Unfortunately, the Tigers were still one-dimensional on Saturday as TSU backs tallied just 53 yards on 24 carries (2.2 y/c). Tom Smith had the sole long run of the game, a 14 yarder.
UTM quarterback Jarod Neal enters Saturday’s game as the most efficient passer in the OVC (150.8)…
Neal only attempted 18 passes on Saturday and was sacked three times. The Tigers only allowed 67 yards through the air which was the lowest output by an opponent in a TSU loss since EKU put up 55 on Oct. 22, 2011. TSU is currently first in the nation in pass defense at just 129.8 yards per game
Leave a Back to Block
UTM boasts one of the best sack-getters in the nation during the past couple of years in linebacker Tony Bell…
The TSU blocking was solid on Saturday and only allowed one sack even though German dropped back 37 times. Bell did not notch the sack and only had two tackles. The middle linebacker still made an impact on the game by forcing and recovering a fumble.
Week 8 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