Tennessee State Football Roundup: Week Five
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tennessee State Football Roundup: Week Five

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 Florida A&M, 27-7, in the annual Homecoming Game at LP Field.

Looking Back at the Three Keys

Hit a Homerun on Offense
The Tennessee State offense did not find the end zone once against TTU and averaged just three yards per play against the Golden Eagles…

What Happened
The Tigers reversed their fortune during the Homecoming Game, gaining nearly five yards per play. TSU had five plays of over 18 yards and finally produced an offensive score when Telvin Hooks reached the end zone from five yards out. Big Blue also had two three-and-outs and three drives of over 36 yards, one of which was an 11 play, 95-yard march.

Shutdown the Run
FAMU boats a pair of talented backs that are averaging over four yards per carry in Gerald Hearns and Tysean Holloway...

What Happened
Tennessee State completely shut down FAMU’s two-headed attack on Saturday, limiting the school’s backs to just 48 yards on 20 carries or a 2.4 average. The Rattler’s only touchdown of the day came on a quarterback draw and while Damien Fleming did have some nice plays, he lost 30 yards on Tiger tackles for loss. In all, FAMU gained just 72 yards on the ground, vaulting TSU to a No. 4 ranking in the FCS rush defense.

Avoid Penalties
Big Blue has committed 36 penalties through the first four games of the season, a number that is tied eighth most in the FCS...

What Happened
The Tigers did commit seven penalties for 69 yards, but the Rattlers bailed them out by getting flagged seven times, too. The TSU offense was able to move the ball more efficiently and the defense was stout, so the penalty yards did not have a direct outcome on the game.

Week 5 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 jmitch18@tnstate.edu

The Best Photos of the Week
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What They Were Saying