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Game 3: Tennessee State (2-0) at Bethune-Cookman (0-1)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Location: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Venue: Municipal Stadium
Kickoff: 3:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. ET
Audio: 102.1 FM The Light
The Game: This marks the ninth meeting between Tennessee State and Bethune-Cookman, with the Tigers leading the series, 6-2. The two teams first met in 1982 for the first of six games in consecutive years. The Tigers earned victories in the first five meetings before the Wildcats claimed their first win. B-CU won the last matchup, a 12-9 decision in the 2013 John Merritt Classic. TSU won the last time the game was played in Daytona Beach, 21-14 in 2012. The two teams will meet in the John Merritt Classic in 2018.
Last Meeting: Bethune-Cookman claimed a 12-9 victory to open the 2013 season. B-CU scored a fourth quarter touchdown to win the John Merritt Classic. Jamin Godfrey kicked three field goals (21, 44 and 26 yards), but missed a 49-yarder as time expired. Ronald Butler passed for 132 yards in his first collegiate start, while his counterpart, Jackie Wilson, passed for 54 and rushed for 43 yards for the Wildcats. Nick Thrasher led TSU with 10 tackles, while Samquan Evans collected eight and a tackle-for-loss .
Head Coach: Rod Reed is in his seventh season at the helm of the Tigers. During his time at TSU, he has compiled a 38-34 record, including a 30-19 mark since 2012. Reed served as an assistant coach at B-CU from 1992-96 and holds a 1-1 record versus Bethune-Cookman. Tennessee State has gone 7-1 versus MEAC teams under Reed.
Tennessee State: The Tigers erased a 13-0 deficit and outscored Jackson State 21-3 in the second half to win 40-26 and remain undefeated at 2-0. O’Shay Ackerman-Carter earned Southern Heritage MVP honors after completing 14-of-18 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for another. Ackerman-Carter has completed 64 percent of his passes and has thrown for five touchdowns. Ebenezer Ogundeko was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at the SHC. The junior defensive end had 11 tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble, quarterback hurry, pass breakup and a blocked kick. Ogundeko is ranked first nationally in sacks (2.25 per game) and fifth in tackles-for-loss (2.8 per game. On the season, the Tigers have allowed just one touchdown; Jackson State scored twice on blocked punts. Erick Evans secured his second 100-yard performance of his career, rushing for 109 yards on 21 attempts and two touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Steven Newbold recorded his first career touchdown on an acrobatic, over the defender, one-handed catch from 13-yards out. Currently, TSU ranks first nationally in fumbles lost (0), third in sacks (4.0 per game), fourth in total defense (197.5 yards per game) and kickoff returns (31.25 yards per return), sixth in rushing defense (54.5 yards per game), turnovers lost (1) and sacks allowed (0).
Bethune-Cookman:Head coach Terry Sims is in his seventh season at B-CU, second at the helm, as he guided the Wildcats to a 9-2 record, 7-1 in conference. Bethune-Cookman enters 0-1 after falling 41-20 to North Texas and having the season opener versus Alcorn State cancelled due to weather. At North Texas, Frank Brown returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown, before UNT scored 31 unanswered points for a commanding lead. Diquan Richardson returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown and blocked a punt for the Wildcats. Richardson recorded nine tackles and two pass breakups against the Mean Green.
Radio: 102.1 FM The Light will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst) and Gary Dawson (sideline). Pregame will begin at 2:45 p.m. CT / 3:45 ET.