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Game 8: Tennessee State (5-2, 2-1) vs. Murray State (2-5, 2-2)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
Location: Murray, Ky.
Venue: Roy Stewart Stadium
Kickoff: 3:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM The Light
The Game: This is the 27th meeting with the series tied at 13-13. The teams first met in 1988, a 22-7 win for Murray State on their home field. After the Racers took the first two meetings, Tennessee State earned its first win, 23-17, in 1990 at Murray. The win started a five game streak for the Big Blue before the Racers grabbed the next three contests. MSU went on its own five game win streak from 2008-12.
Last Meeting: Tennessee State lost in overtime, 46-43, on Senior Day at Hale Stadium. Wide receiver Patrick Smith finished with a career high 248 yards, tying a career high with nine receptions. Smith ended the game one yard shy of the TSU single game record of 249 set by Tyronne Butterfield at Murray State (11/14/98). The Memphis product recorded touchdown receptions of 70 and 81 yards. O’Shay Ackerman-Carter notched a career-high with 329 yards and four touchdowns, while completing 23 of 33 passes. The Racers KD Humphries ended the day 34-of-51 for 366 yards, three scoring passes and one interception. The Tigers built a 40-30 lead after three quarters, the Racers then scored ten points in the final stanza to force overtime. TSU scored first on a Lane Clark field goal, before Roman Clay scored a two-yard run giving MSU the win. The Big Blue defense recorded eight sacks, 13.5 tackles-for-loss, five forced fumbles, two recoveries and an interception. Ebenezer Ogundeko led TSU with three sacks and 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. The defensive end forced a fumble and picked up 10 tackles, seven solos.
Head Coach: Rod Reed is in his seventh season at the helm of the Tigers. During his time at TSU, he has compiled a 41-36 record, including a 33-21 mark since 2012. Reed is 20-28 in Ohio Valley Conference play and is 2-4 versus Murray State, 1-3 at Stewart Stadium.
Tennessee State: Tennessee State jumped out to a 14-7 first quarter lead over Vanderbilt. Ronald Butler teamed up with Patrick Smith for a pair of touchdown passes. The first connection went for 93-yards, which tied for second longest in TSU history and for the second longest distance in FCS play this season; it is the longest pass play in the OVC in 2016. Vanderbilt held a 21-17 halftime lead, before outscoring the Tigers 14-0 in the second half. Smith finished with seven catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Smith’s eight touchdowns on the season rank eighth nationally, while his 622 yards is 25th in total receiving yards (622). Butler threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 40 yards. Antonio Justice finished with a game-high eight tackles while Chris Collins added seven stops. Ebenezer Ogundeko returned after missing two games and had a sack, quarterback hurry and two tackles. Ogundeko leads the Tigers with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. Collins ranks 11th in the FCS with 6.1 solo tackles per game. Freshman Steven Newbold is third in the country with 22.00 yards per reception. By only scoring 17 points, TSU saw a streak of six-straight games of 30 or more points to open the season come to an end.
Scouting Murray State: The Racers are coming off an upset victory over No. 15 Eastern Illinois, 40-38, in Charleston. Kicker Connor Mitchell set a school record with six field goals (37, 36, 37, 49, 25, 29). Mitchell was named National Specialist of the Week by STATS. KD Humphries found tight end Jesse Blackburn for an 87-yard touchdown pass and Mareio McGraw scored on a 77-yard rush to complete a fourth quarter comeback on the road. Humphries passed for 299 yards and moved into third place in OVC history for passing yards (9,206). Marico Paige had 13 tackles against EIU while Isaiah Foster added 11. Paige is tied with Sean Rodriguez for the second most tackles for the Racers with 47. Zachary Wade leads the MSU defense with 50 stops.
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 2:30 p.m. CT.