September 17, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State377724
Florida A&M060713
Scoring
1st Quarter
TSUFG03:29CLARK 49 Yd
2nd Quarter
FAMUTD14:56BOWERS 1 Yd Run (ALY missed kick)
TSUTD01:15NEWBOLD 44 Yd Pass From HARRIS (CLARK kick)
3rd Quarter
TSUTD03:41SMITH 2 Yd Pass From HARRIS (CLARK kick)
4th Quarter
TSUTD09:16ROWLAND 10 Yd Run (CLARK kick)
FAMUTD00:24WILLIAMS.Marcus 18 Yd Pass From STANLEY (FADDOUL kick)
Stats at a GlanceTSUFAMU
1st Downs2314
3rd Down Conversions8-116-13
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Passing (Comp-Att)273 (18-25) 216 (21-34)
Rushing (Att)241 (38) 46 (15)
Total Yards514262
Penalties14-1414-25
Turnovers10
Fumbles Lost10
Interceptions00
Possession38:2521:35
#22 Tennessee State Faces Florida A&M in the Tampa Classic
Thursday, September 14, 2017
#22 Tennessee State Faces Florida A&M in the Tampa Classic
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Tampa Classic
Game 3: Tennessee State (2-0) vs. Florida A&M (1-1)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Stadium: Raymond James (74,512)
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. CT
TV: NA
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: NA

Series Information: This is the 55th meeting with the Tigers leading the series, 29-25. TSU is currently on a five game win streak including a 30-14 victory at Bragg Memorial Stadium in 2015. Prior to the Tigers streak, FAMU had won eight straight and 19 of the last 22. TSU had jumped out to 20-6 advantage to open the series that dates back to 1944.

Last Meeting: The Tigers scored 23 unanswered points after FAMU took a 14-7 lead early in the 3rd quarter. TSU needed just six plays to move 47 yards for the game tying score. Ronald Butler’s pass intended for Dantwan O'Neal was batted by a FAMU defender into the hands of Patrick Smith in the end zone. Austin Rowley's punt pinned FAMU on its own one yard line on, allowing Chris Collins and Latrelle Lee to stop a FAMU runner in the end zone to record a safety, giving the Tigers its first lead of the game, 16-14. Butler then connected with Smith to extend the lead to 23-14. Erick Evans added an insurance score with a one yard run plunge to produce the final outcome, 30-14. Smith led all receivers with eight catches for 157 yards and two scores. Butler finished with 238 yards on 17 completions and 30 attempts; Threw three touchdown passes. The Tigers outgained FAMU 370 to 201 total yards

Head Coach Rod Reed: Coach Reed is in his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers. TSU is 7-1 in season openers under Rod Reed after a 17-10 win at Georgia State. The Lone loss came at the hands of Bethune-Cookman, 12-9, in 2013. During his time at TSU, he has compiled a 44-37 record, including a 36-22 mark since 2012. Reed is the third winningest coach in Tennessee State Football History. John Merritt claimed 174 victories in his 20 years (1963-83) at TSU; He finished with a .806 winning percentage (174-35-7). Harry Kean spent 10 years in charge of TSU from 1944-54 and compiled a 93-15-3 record (.838). Reed is 1-0 versus Georgia State, 5-2 versus Jackson State and 22-30 in OVC play. Tennessee State has gone 10-3 versus SWAC teams under Reed.

Tennessee State: TSU improved to 2-0 with a 17-15 victory over Jackson State in the Southern Heritage Classic. The Tigers moved up one spot to No. 22 in the STATS Top 25 poll; remained No. 24 in the coaches poll. Patrick Smith returned a punt 56 yards for a game-winning touchdown, which earned him OVC Specialist of the Week honors; it is one of nine punts returned for a TD in the FCS this season. Treon Harris was named Offensive MVP of the Southern Heritage Classic after rushing for a game-high 91 yards and a touchdown. Blair Edwards had a game-high 12 tackles and a sack while Chris Collins had 10 tackles and a sack. Collins currently leads the OVC, 15th nationally, in tackles (11.0/game) and 19th in tackles-for-loss (2.0/game). TSU did not allow JSU an offensive touchdown and ranks first in the OVC, 10th nationally, in scoring defense (12.5 points/game allowed) while ranking 18th nationally in total defense (288.0 yards/game allowed). Austin Rowley posted one of his better games in his career as he averaged 41.8 yards per punt
on six attempts, including a career high 58 yarder.

Florida A&M: Head coach Alex Wood is in his third season at the helm of the Rattlers. FAMU is 6-18 during Wood's time as head coach; the head coach has totaled a 31-42 record over his career. He held the reigns of James Madison's program from 1995-98 and was the interim for five games in 2014 at U. of Buffalo. Wood is a 1978 graduate of the University of Iowa. FAMU opened the season with a victory over Texas Southern before dropping a 49-7 decision to Arkansas. Against Texas Southern, quarterback Ryan Stanley passed for 217 yards and a score to Brandon Norwood. The Rattlers rushed for 193 rushing yards, including 81 from Ricky Henrilus. After netting 415 yards of total offense in that game, FAMU was limited to just 175 yards against Arkansas. Terry Jefferson had eight tackles and an interception against the Razorbacks.

Last 10 Results:
2015 - Tennessee State 30, Florida A&M 14
2014 - Tennessee State 27, Florida A&M 7
2013 - Tennessee State 27, Florida A&M 7
2012 - Tennessee State 17, Florida A&M 14
2010 - Tennessee State 29, Florida A&M 18
2009 - Florida A&M 31, Tennessee State 12
2008 - Florida A&M 28, Tennessee State 21
2007 - Florida A&M 18, Tennessee State 17
2006 - Florida A&M 25, Tennessee State 22
2005 - Florida A&M 12, Tennessee State 7

Radio: 102.1 FM will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst), Craig Ladd (Scoreboard) and Gary Dawson (sideline). Pregame will begin at 4:30 p.m. CT / 5:30 p.m. ET.

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