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 No. 8 ranked Jacksonville State at home, 27-20.
Looking Back at the Three Keys
Stop the Run
The Gamecocks are the top rushing team in the Ohio Valley Conference, averaging 262 yards per game…
The Tigers limited the JSU rushing attack somewhat, but the Gamecocks were still able to rush for 213 yards on 49 attempts (4.3 y/c). The Preseason OVC Offensive Player of the Year DaMarcus James gained 93 yards and added two touchdowns, while quarterback Eli Jenkins tallied 52 yards on the ground. The Tigers’ rush defense fell from No. 12 in the nation to No. 20 in the loss.
The Tigers have had a tough time to open every game so far this season and have not scored a single point on an opening drive this year…
TSU had its best start to a game this year, totaling 46 yards on 11 plays. The drive also ended with a 46-yard field goal by Lane Clark, TSU’s first points to start a game this season. TSU also had a season-high three first downs on their opening possession. The Tigers were moving down the field on their next series, but a Mike German fumble led to seven points for the Gamecocks and a TSU deficit. The Tigers did start fast on Saturday, but could not maintain the production for more than one drive.
Keep Airing it Out
TSU would do better to pass more as the Tigers are averaging 5.6 yards per attempt and just 4.4 yards per rush…
The gap between passing and rushing productivity widened on Saturday as the Tigers averaged 7.3 yards per attempt and just 1.3 per rush. Out of TSU’s 407 yards of total offense, 364 came through the air. While the offense was effective in the aerial department, the squad did throw four interceptions, taking TSU points off of the board.
Week 7 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
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What They Were Saying