September 17, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State377724
Florida A&M060713
1st Quarter
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
Fumbles Lost10
TSU Remains Perfect with 24-13 Win over FAMU in Tampa Classic
Sunday, September 17, 2017
TSU Remains Perfect with 24-13 Win over FAMU in Tampa Classic
Photo By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics



Game 3: Tennessee State , Florida A&M
Records: TSU (3-0), FAMU (1-2)
Venue: Raymond James Stadium
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Attendance: 17,102
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 92

TAMPA, Fla. --- Steady offense and another strong performance by the defense lifted the Tennessee State football team to a 24-13 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in the FAMU Tampa Classic. The win moves TSU to 3-0 to start the season for the second year in a row.

The Tigers held a 10-6 edge over the Rattlers (1-2) at the half before outscoring FAMU by a 14-7 margin the rest of the way.

Quarterback Treon Harris threw touchdown passes to Steven Newbold and Patrick Smith on the night, while sophomore running back Seth Rowland added another touchdown on the ground for the Tigers.

Newbold was named MVP for TSU in the game.


  • Tennessee State finished with 514 total yards, held Florida A&M to 262
  • TSU averaged 8.2 yards per play
  • The Tigers held the Rattlers to 46 yards rushing
  • The Big Blue earned 23 first downs on the evening and was 8-for-11 on 3rd down conversions
  • The Tigers held onto the ball for 38:25, just under 17 minutes longer than FAMU


  • Treon Harris finished 14-of-18 for 211 yards and two touchdowns
  • Harris added 37 yards on the ground on eight carries
  • Steven Newbold was named MVP after catching five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown
  • Patrick Smith caught five passes for 40 yards and a score
  • Smith moved into eighth in career receiving yards at TSU with 2,118, passing Lawrence Segree (1992-95)
  • Segree’s son, Lawrence Segree II, is a freshman wide receiver for the Tigers
  • Smith now has 129 career receptions, helping him move ahead of Chris Johnson (2004-08) who had 127 catches
  • Lane Clark kicked a 49 yard field goal which is tied for the ninth longest kick in TSU history
  • Clark tied his own mark from Nov. 19, 2016 at Southeast Missouri
  • The senior now owns seven of the top 10 distances in school history
  • Clark became the third Tiger kicker to surpass the 200 point scoring mark
  • Jamin Godfrey (2010-13) scored 311 points, while Erik Benson (2005-08) finished his career with 232
  • Sabree Curtis led all rushers with 80 yards on nine carries, averaging 8.9 yards per rush
  • Chris Collins led the defense with seven tackles, five solo and one for loss
  • Latrelle Lee recorded two tackles for loss
  • Michael Hughes saw his first time on the field for the Tigers
  • The redshirt sophomore completed 4-of-7 passes for 62 yards and had one carry for 12 yards
  • Seth Rowland earned a blocked punt on the last play of the first half


  • Tennessee State started fast as they moved 50 yards on six plays to the Florida A&M 33 only to see the drive end on a fumble
  • Steven Newbold electrified the crowd with a 42 yard reception in which he hurdled a Rattler defender to gain extra yardage on the first play of the second drive
  • Treon Harris completed three passes on the drive for 67 yards
  • Lane Clark capped off the possession with a 49-yard field goal to put the Tigers up 3-0
  • The Tigers outgained the Rattlers 133-89 in the period and held them to 26 yards rushing


  • FAMU scored a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter
  • Jason Morrow kept Florida A&M at six points as he blocked the extra point attempt
  • The score by FAMU marked the first time the Tigers have trailed this season
  • After the penalty bug stopped a TSU possession, FAMU drove down the field to set up for a 33-yard field goal attempt
  • Morrow recorded his second blocked kick of the game to keep the score at 6-3
  • The Tigers advantage on the next series as Sabree Curtis broke an 11 yard run followed by completions from Harris to Newbold for 12 yards and Andrew Knox for six more
  • The Tigers jumped on top for good as Newbold avoided 10 tackles for a 44-yard touchdown reception from Harris
  • Newbold worked his down the left sideline before cutting back across to the right sideline before diving into the end zone
  • At the half, the Tigers had compiled 260 yards opposed to the Rattlers 171


  • After holding FAMU to a three-and-out to start the third quarter, TSU would go on a 16 play, 89 yard drive, taking over nine minutes off the clock
  • The Big Blue began at the 11 yard line and reeled off eight straight runs, moving across midfield to the FAMU 46
  • A 22 yard pass to Mazio Rhodes and a Harris 14 yard run moved the Tigers down to the four yard line
  • Two players later, Patrick Smith notched his first touchdown of the season on a two-yard connection from Harris
  • The Tiger defense held FAMU to 23 yards in the third stanza


  • Curtis started the next Tiger series with a 41 yard run from his own five yard line to the 46
  • Michael Hughes entered the game at quarterback for Harris and completed three passes on the drive, including a 32 yarder to Chris Rowland
  • A play later, Seth Rowland busted a 10 yard run for his second touchdown of the season to give the Tigers a 24-6 advantage
  • The Rattlers added a touchdown with 19 seconds remaining in the contest to make the score 24-13

The Tigers will open Ohio Valley Conference play with a trip to UT Martin on Saturday, Sept. 23.


  • Tennessee State is ranked 22nd in the STATS Top 25 and 24th in the FCS Coaches Poll
  • Captains for TSU were Chris Collins, Patrick Smith, Ebo Ogundeko and Lane Clark
  • FAMU won the coin toss and deferred the opening kickoff.
  • Official attendance for the FAMU Tampa Classic was 17,102
  • Tennessee State now leads the all-time series versus Florida A&M by a 30-25 margin.
  • TSU has won six in a row versus the Rattlers.
  • TSU is 3-0 for the second year in a row.


Senior Defensive Lineman Jason Marrow

“It’s always good to win. I’m going to say what I said last week, it’s still early in the season. We still have to go out there and keep working because we still have a long road ahead of us. We’ve got a lot of teams that we need to beat on our schedule.”
- On the win tonight

“Being relentless and coming off the ball. Not taking ‘no’ for an answer. Points are points. We have to do whatever we can to keep the offense off the board.”
- On blocking the kicks

 “It was just in the moment. I just did what I was taught. I just wanted to get back there and make something happen.”
- On how he blocked the kicks


Senior Wide Receiver Patrick Smith

“We stepped it up, especially after the first two games. In the first half, we started off slowly, but we saw that we could do what we wanted to do. We picked it up in the second half. As we keep going on throughout the season, especially going into conference play, we need to keep getting better.”
- On the play of the offense

“It’s very important to be 3-0 right now. It builds confidence in the team. It helps you think about being 4-0, 5-0 and take it one game at a time. We feel like the only people who can stop us is us. You can tell from this game. We had a lot of mistakes that took us back on offense, but once we get it together, we’ll be very, very explosive and hard to stop.”
- On being 3-0


Senior Defensive Lineman Latrelle Lee

“We missed a couple tackles here and there. We weren’t as precise and fundamentally sound as we’ve been, but we played a good game and got the win.”
- On the defense

“That’s big. Just mentally being 3-0 is always a good thing. To be undefeated heading into conference and keeping that streak alive, we want to keep it going.”
- On being undefeated through three games

“It’s always good to beat your rivals. It’s a storied rivalry, so it’s great to get the win.”
- On beating Florida A&M


Junior Quarterback Treon Harris

“Controlling the line of scrimmage was big. We controlled the line of scrimmage from the offensive line. They did a great job of moving their guys out of the way to create some lanes to run the ball and throw the ball.”
- On the success of the offense

“It means a lot. Nobody wants to leave the stadium with a loss in a classic game and a rivalry game like this. We prepared all week and we got better. We executed the plan that we had.”
- On beating FAMU

“In my home state. It was great. I had my mother, my dad, my grandma, my auntie and friends here. And my daughter, this was her first game seeing me play, so it’s special.”
- On winning in the state of Florida