September 23, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State097016
UT Martin1777031
Scoring
1st Quarter
UTMTD09:14GALLOWAY 3 Yd Run (MERSMAN kick)
UTMFG06:12MERSMAN 32 Yd
UTMTD00:02WEATHERS 1 Yd Pass From COOK (MERSMAN kick)
2nd Quarter
UTMTD09:49HOWARD (MERSMAN kick)
TSUTD09:36JOHNSON (CLARK kick)
TSUSAF08:42TEAM
3rd Quarter
TSUTD09:10HARRIS 1 Yd Run (CLARK kick)
UTMTD03:02GALLOWAY 12 Yd Run (MERSMAN kick)
Stats at a GlanceTSUUTM
1st Downs1521
3rd Down Conversions6-135-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Passing (Comp-Att)159 (13-26) 140 (20-32)
Rushing (Att)100 (35) 100 (35)
Total Yards259240
Penalties8-803-53
Turnovers20
Fumbles Lost20
Interceptions00
Possession26:3533:25
#20 Tennessee State Travels to #24 UT Martin for OVC Opener
Thursday, September 21, 2017
#20 Tennessee State Travels to #24 UT Martin for OVC Opener

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Ohio Valley Conference Opener
Game 4: #20 Tennessee State (3-0) vs. #24 UT Martin (2-1)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
Location: Martin, Tenn.
Stadium: Hardy M. Graham Stadium (7,500)
Time: 4:00 p.m. CT
TV: ESPN3
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Statbroadcast

Series Information: This will be the 27th meeting between the two teams and marks the first Sgt. York Trophy game in 2017. TSU leads the series, 16-10. The first contest was held in 1976 as UTM came away with a 26-21 victory. The Tigers came back the following year for their first win with a convincing 55-7 decision. The Big Blue won nine straight contests from 1996-94. The Tigers snapped the Skyhawks two game win streak in 2016 with a 34-30 win at Hale Stadium. TSU's last win over the Skyhawks in Martin came in 2013, 29-15. Tennessee State has not lost more than two consecutive games to UTM.  TSU is 5-8 on the road against the Skyhawks.

Last Meeting: Tennessee State scored with 18-seconds on the clock to come from behind to win, 34-30. Patrick Smith out jumped a defender to come down with the game winning catch in the back corner of the end zone. Terrell Bonds secured the victory with an interception with 10 seconds remaining. Smith finished the game with six catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Ronald Butler completed 17-of-24 for 223 yards and three scoring throws. Kicker Lane Clark set a new TSU record with a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter, only to better the mark in the fourth quarter as he booted a 57-yard field goal to extend the Tigers lead to 27-23. UTM built a 16-0 advantage halfway through the first quarter. TSU took the lead, 17-16, early in the third quarter on the first scoring pass from Butler to Smith. The Defense forced five turnovers on the day.

Head Coach Rod Reed: Coach Reed is in his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers. Coach has compiled a 12-9 record in Sgt. York Trophy Games. During his time at TSU, he has compiled a 45-37 record, including a 37-22 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). 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. Reed is 22-30 in OVC play.

Tennessee State: TSU improved to 3-0 with a 24-13 victory over Florida A&M in the Tampa Classic. The Tigers moved up two spots to No. 20 in the STATS Top 25 poll; jumped four spots to No. 20 in the coaches poll. Steven Newbold was named MVP of the Tampa Classic after catching five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Treon Harris finished 14-of-18 for 211 yards and two touchdowns; added 37 yards on eight carries. Chris Collins currently leads the OVC, 6th nationally, in solo tackles (6.7/game). TSU ranks first in the OVC, 10th nationally, in scoring defense (12.7 points/game allowed) while ranking 16th nationally in total defense (279.3 yards/game allowed). With three blocked kicks in Tampa, the Tigers rank 2nd nationally, one block behind South Carolina State.

UT MARTIN: UTM earned a 21-7 victory at No. 15 Chattanooga, which propelled them to No. 24 in the STATS Top 25 poll. The Skyhawks allowed just 150 yards of total offense against the Mocs, including six yards rushing. Anthony Brown collected two sacks and forced a fumble which led to a UTM touchdown. Tae Martin picked off his third pass of the season. Quarterback Troy Cook completed 16-of-21 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns; Cook leads the OVC in passing efficiency. Ladarius Galloway had 79 rushing yards and ranks fifth nationally in rushing (141.3 yards/game) and second in total rushing yards (424). UT Martin ranks sixth nationally in third down conversion defense (20.0%), seventh in rushing (51.0 yards/game allowed) and eighth in time of possession (34:38) and red zone defense (55.6%).

Last 10 Results:
2016 - Tennessee State 34, UT Martin 30
2015 - UT Martin 28, Tennessee State 14
2014 - UT Martin 21, Tennessee State 16
2013 - Tennessee State 29
, UT Martin 15
2012 - UT Martin 35, Tennessee State 26
2011 - Tennessee State 35, UT Martin 30
2010 - UT Martin 37, Tennessee State 0
2009 - UT Martin 28, Tennessee State 7
2008 - Tennessee State 37, UT Martin 20
2007 - UT Martin 43, Tennessee State 38

TV: ESPN3. Kevin Ingram will serve as play-by-play along with Bob Belvin who will provide analysis.

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 3:30 p.m.

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