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 to Eastern Kentucky on Senior Day, 56-42.
Looking Back at the Three Keys
Improve on Third Down
TSU enters Saturday’s contest 84th in the FCS, having converted just 34 percent of third downs this season...
The Tigers were 8-of-14 on third down last Saturday against the Colonels and their 57.1 conversion percentage set a new season-high. Most of the successes still came on third-and-long, but quarterback Mike German was an impressive 8-of-13 facing punting situations for 123 yards. All of those conversions led to 42 TSU points, the most since the opening week against Edward Waters.
EKU running back Dy’Shawn Mobley has been the best ball-carrier in the OVC this season and leads the league in yards (922), touchdowns (11), attempts (143) and yards per carry (6.4)...
Mobley carried the ball 27 times for 139 yards and scored three touchdowns. EKU quarterback Jared McClain also rushed for 139 yards, coming on 23 touches, while adding a pair of scores. The Colonels were able to run early and late, contributing to 56 points, the most allowed by TSU since 2011 at Air Force.
Win it for the Seniors
This year’s senior class has been one of the winningest in recent memory, posting 27 in the past 3.5 years...
The Tigers were unable to pull out a victory, but many of the seniors had fine days. German passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns and Ryan Mitchell made four receptions for 119 yards. Defensively, Nick Thrasher set a new career-high with 17 tackles and Daniel Fitzpatrick made eight stops and forced a fumble. Darion Hall was also named National Specialist of the Week after running a kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown.
Week 10 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